Acne Scars FAQs

What are acne scars?
Acne scars are marks left behind on the skin after your acne has healed. Acne scarring can range from superficial discoloration at the epidermis level, to deeper scarring and pitting at the dermis level. While the discoloration may fade over time, the deeper scarring is often permanent. Acne scarring is very common and affects people of all ages; many people get discouraged from their goal of clear, beautiful skin because of acne scars years after their acne has cleared up.

What causes acne scars?
Acne not only mars the skin, it can also leave behind scarring which sometimes remains for many months, if not years, after the acne itself has been treated. The bacterium that causes acne triggers an immune response from the body; the resulting inflammation can leave behind discoloration called macules. Patients who picked at their pimples or acne that healed improperly can also traumatize the tissue, leaving behind pits and scars. Hereditary factors make some people more prone to acne scarring than others.

Can acne scars be treated at home?
In the case of easy to treat macules, over-the-counter lightening creams can sometimes be enough to remove the blemishes. For deeper, more stubborn scarring, stronger measures may be necessary. The earlier acne scars are treated, the better the results, so older scars may not respond well to over the counter measures. When at-home and over the counter remedies fail to achieve the desired results, patients are encouraged to come to Advanced Dermatology (now serving Summit New Jersey) for a consultation to see what our experienced dermatologists can do for you.

What methods of treating acne scars can a dermatologist offer me?
There have been many advances in dermatology to treat acne scarring; these treatments should be done by a board certified dermatologist and cannot be done at home. Some of the most effective methods are microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and chemical peels. These will help resurface the epidermis layer, removing acne scars. Laser resurfacing even promotes collagen growth from the dermis layer, treating the scarring from within. Even more severe cases may require surgical measures such as skin grafts and tissue fillers. Each case is different, so treatment plans are highly customized to each patient’s skin type and the severity of the scarring. A consultation with our dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology will help determine what treatment plan will best address your concerns. We have many locations throughout the New York and New Jersey area, including in Summit & Ridgewood New Jersey.

Will treating my acne scars really make a difference?
Yes! Patients who treat their acne scars notice a drastic improvement in the look and feel of their skin. Having clear, beautiful skin is a great ego boost and can improve self-confidence. Again, the earlier acne scarring is addressed, the better the results, so please come in for a consultation as soon as possible.