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While there are several acne scar removal options available in the market, choosing the best method to get rid of acne scar might be a tough decision. In this article, we’ll briefly discuss some of the scar removal techniques that you might want to consider to get rid of acne scar.

Over the counter scar removal: There are several over the counter or prescription scar removal medications available in the market or pharmacy. These products may help reduce acne scar but the success rate is very low. Always consult a dermatologist before applications so he/she can suggest you the best options for your acne scar.

Laser skin resurfacing: Laser skin resurfacing with ablative lasers like CO2 or Er:YAG may improve the appearance of acne scar. While these lasers remove the entire epidermis and portions of the dermis, chances of scarring may be a common problem. Nonablative lasers like intense pulsed light, pulsed dye laser, Q-switched Nd:YAG and other light therapy stimulate the production of collagen and thereby, gradually improving the appearance of pitted acne scars.

Dermabrasion: Dermabrasion using high-speed diamond buffing drills can help remove small and superficial scars and sometimes deep scars. However, this method is highly dependent on doctor technique and can result in scarring in untrained hands.

Percutaneous Collagen Induction Therapy: Percutaneous collagen induction therapy or medical needling is a technique where drum-shaped roller with fine microneedles are used to puncture the skin and release the growth factors which encourage the formation of collagen and elastin and further helps in reduction of acne scars. The chances of scarring are less compared to other lasers but several treatment session may be required to get the maximum benefit.

Surgical techniques: Different surgical techniques like punch excision, punch elevation and elliptical excision can also be used to remove isolated ice-pick or deep boxcar scars.

As acne may result in both scarring and pigmentation changes, it is essential to prevent and minimize the scarring. Adequate and early treatment will decrease its severity and chances of scarring and pigmentation. Mild pigmentation due to acne can be easily treated with topical application and skin lightening products available in the market.

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  1. Julie Cav
    July 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Great post. I’m always searching for relevant acne treatment information to share with my own readers, and this gave me more ammunition going forward.

    Thanks very much for the help. Keep up the great work!

  2. Emma
    July 27, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I personally love Dari Natura’s Soothing Facial Butter. It really helps to heal post acne scars, wounds and skin discoloration.

  3. jollybee
    August 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Deepak!

    I really love your post, it’s very informative helping those who have problems with their acne.

  4. Rhodora Dagatan
    September 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    This article was very helpful in providing options on how to get rid of acne scars. I have been using the over-the-counter treatments, and I must say, I am not getting the results these products are promising.

  5. jamesbala
    September 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Hope this post will help my acne scars to get ridden.will post my experience as soon as possible

  6. ykzir
    September 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Mint juice is a wonderful solution to help decrease acne scars. Just put on some every morning (or evening) to your scars, let it to sink in, leave for a couple of minutes and after that clean it off. Mint juice is simply one of the best do-it-yourself acne scar treatments available.

  7. srtrade
    September 22, 2011 at 2:25 am

    It is true that acne scars have to be treated depending on the severity of the acne. But there are assured treatment methods that completely remove the acne scars with advanced treatment technologies.

  8. Adi
    September 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I guess most people prefer the first method (Over the counter scar removal). However, using prescription scar removal is recommended, so if there is something worse on the scar, your dermatologist could give you other assistance for better result.

  9. Ben
    October 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    My wife just had a horrible breakout from a scrub product, I hope she dous’nt scar too much when she clears up….I told her she would look beuatiful anyway. Thanks for the tips I will share these with her.

  10. xl
    December 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I was looking for something like this. because I have so much scars because I couldn’t take the treatment until I was pretty old.

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