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How to Clear Up Facial Acne Scars

Acne is bad enough, but the scars left behind can be worse. There are several options for clearing up facial acne scars depending on the severity of the scarring.


  • Step 1: Cut the scar from underneath with a treatment known as subcision. Blood forms a clot that creates connective tissue to heal the wound. Subcision works on many scars.
  • TIP: Try saline injections on lighter scars. Saline injections cause collagen to form.
  • Step 2: Augment deeper facial acne scars. Chemicals like collagen are inserted under the scar to bring it to the top layer. Whatever method you choose, you can look forward to restoring your smooth skin.
  • FACT: In a minute, the human body on average loses 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells.
  • Step 3: Punch the scars. In the punch technique, the scar is removed with a punch. Skin can be grafted into the wound, the wound can heal on its own, or the scar is elevated so that it floats up to the surrounding skin.
  • Step 4: Use a chemical peel, also called chem-abrasion, for very mild scars. A chemical peel uses an acid to remove the top layer.
  • Step 5: Work with a dermatologist to find the best treatment for your type of facial acne scars. Work within your price range, as treatments vary in cost. Treatment may include a combination of two or more techniques.
  • Step 6: Wear down the top scarred layer to make room for a new layer using dermabrasion. Dermabrasion uses a rotating metal wire or diamond-edged wheels. The skin is frozen or numbed first. This works best on shallow imperfections.
  • Step 7: Remove the skin with laser resurfacing, using a CO2 laser or erbium laser. Laser resurfacing works best on shallow imperfections.
  • TIP: Be aware that laser resurfacing can result in uneven skin tones in people with dark skin.
  • Step 8: Clear your acne breakout first. In order for you to receive scar treatment, your face needs to be clear of acne.

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