Treatments For Acne Scars

Paul asks…

Can you have plastic surgery to remove acne scars? I need a treatment that really works?

I have several pink acne scars on my shoulders and chest. I’m afraid I’m going to have to live with bumps and pits in my back for the rest of my life. Is there any type of plastic surgery to remove them, like placing the skin or something? I’m sorry, this is just ruining my life.

admin answers:

Yes, there absolutely is, it doesn’t have to ruin your life, it’s not terribly expensive, and it causes very little (if any!) pain. There are several main ways to get rid of acne scars:

*Surgery to cut out the scars (Ice pick scars)
*Botox and fillers injected into the scars (Flatter “crater” scars)
*Laser treatments (“craters”)

Those are the three basic ways to get rid of acne scars. All of which require a visit to the dermatologist.

You can also try a derma roller, but this increases your risk for infection, and there’s no guarantee it will actually do anything.

Steven asks…

How do I get rid of bad acne scars?

I have acne scars mostly on my shoulders and some on my face. I scar very easily. What is the cheapest way to get rid of them? I do not want any sort of laser treatment. I want to do it myself.

admin answers:

I know you’re saying you want your solution to be cheap, and able to be done by you, but honestly, that’s not going to happen.

I used to have really bad scarring myself, and after going through commercially advertised creams, “proven methods”, and all sorts of other gobbledygook suggested by all sorts of people who were eager to get my money, I realized that as a rule of thumb, if somebody behind a suit and tie, or a television screen is trying to tell you how to fix your face, chances are, it’s not going to work. And for me, it never did.

Like I said, I had some bad scarring…almost purplish, mostly on my face. The best, almost 100% guaranteed solution for this kind of problem, is to go see a professional dermatologist. See if there’s some prescription level drugs you can take, (i.e. Pills, creams), and ask what may be right for you. I’m personally taking Accutane, but that’s for severe cases of acne, and the list of side effects covers everything from headaches to hallucinations.

Before I took Accutane though, I was on a pill and a daily and nightly cream. The pills were Doryx, the daily was Benzaclin, and the nightly was Tazorac (I may be misspelling the names of some of these drugs, so just bear with me). Ask your parents (or yourself if you’re over 18 and live on your own) if your insurance plan could possibly cover the majority of costs that these kinds of prescriptions.

Also, I’ve never heard of any “laser treatment” for acne scarring. You may be thinking of microdermabrasions, which again, if your insurance can cover the costs, I would not rule out. I used to get these as a monthly procedure, and they really do work wonders.

Now, I’m not saying to take what I’m saying to heart, and that all over the counter facial creams and pills are evil and will never work. For some people, they work wonders. For some people, like me, they just didn’t. Don’t rule anything out without trying it, no matter what people tell you (unless you KNOW it sounds wrong, and believe me, you’ll know it when you see it). Just like every person is unique, so is your skin. It’s unique. What may work for you may not work for others, and vice versa.

Again, I don’t know anything you can do yourself that can get rid of the scarring. At best, you may be able to get rid of the redness and coloration from what other people suggest to you, but I can guarantee you, without some form of professional help, the scarring will never go away.

David asks…

Does commercial products really help to cure acne scars?


I am having some acne scars for a few years. Now i am thinking to treat them. As everyone around me is saying that, laser treatments are a bit pricey, i am considering to use commercial products which are comparatively cheaper.

If you have experience of any kind about effectiveness of any of these products then, please share it with me.

Please mention which one has worked for you.

admin answers:

I’ll be honest most commercial products dont work that well.. Laser treatment is fantastic, if you get IPL (intense pulse light). However there is one commercial products I swear by and thats Mandelic Acid. Mandelic Acid products will help rejuvinate your skin and get rid of old acne scars and red marks. Mandelic Acid is an ingreient in certain cleansers and moisturizers. I would recommend look into their products, I used their 10% mandelic serum and mandelic acid moisturizer. It worked AMAZING ! It got rid of my red marks that just wouldnt go away and helped the rednes around my nose ! :)
hope that helps

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