What To Do About Acne Scars

The only thing more common than acne is the scars they leave behind. In fact, approximately 80% of people ages 11-30 develop acne. And of those individuals, 1 in 5 end up with scarring

Now for the good news. Even if you have deep acne scars, you don’t have to learn to live with them. At Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Will Richardson, MD, offers treatments designed to transform imperfections so you can love the skin you’re in.

Here are a few types of treatments to consider if you have unwanted acne scars.


One of the easiest ways to reduce the appearance of minor skin imperfections involves microdermabrasion. This skin rejuvenation technique focuses on deeply exfoliating your skin. 

During this process, we cleanse and gently sand away impurities, like debris and dead skin cells. Then we apply a toner and moisturizer specific to your skin type. To maintain your results, we also make personalized recommendations to improve your skin care regimen.

Microdermabrasion provides immediate results, and you can resume regular activities — including using cosmetics — as soon as you leave your appointment.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are another popular and highly effective skin treatment for acne scars. This option uses medical-grade chemicals to remove the outer layers of your skin. As new skin cells generate in the area, you experience less scarring and a smoother, more even complexion.

Dr. Richardson relies on the VI Peel from VI Aesthetics. These chemical peels are specially formulated for all skin types, making them a quick and relatively painless option for all sorts of cosmetic concerns, from uneven skin tone to scarring and wrinkles. 

But depending on the chemical peel needed, you could have redness or swelling for anywhere from a few days to two weeks after treatment.

Laser therapy

For deeper or more significant acne scarring, Dr. Richardson might recommend laser treatments. This approach involves concentrated laser, light, and radiofrequency technologies to deliver heat in targeted areas of your body. 

Laser treatment works on the surface of your skin to remove old, damaged cells and break up the scar tissue. At the same time, it penetrates deeper layers of your skin to trigger collagen production. As this essential protein returns to the area, the surface of your skin becomes more smooth and even.

It’s common to experience minor discomfort, swelling, and redness in the area after having laser therapy. In most cases, the pain subsides within an hour or two, but it can take up to 10 days for the redness to fade completely.

Dermal fillers

Sometimes, acne scars can cause significant indentations in your skin. But dermal fillers can still help. This process involves injecting special formulas into an area to create volume and smooth out imperfections.

There are several injectable dermal fillers, depending on your needs. For acne scars, Dr. Richardson often recommends Juvéderm® products. These injectables contain hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that promotes collagen production. 

When you get dermal filler injections, you also see immediate results. Dr. Richardson simply injects a small amount of product into your acne scar until the lost volume is restored. 

But you should consider dermal fillers a temporary solution, as most results last for 6-18 months, depending on the product Dr. Richardson recommends.

Ready to erase your acne scars? Contact us at Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics by calling today or booking an appointment online.

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