How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Once and For All

Acne on its own isn’t fun, but add acne scars on top of that and it can be a full-blown nightmare! Dr. Elizabeth Hale, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center, says "Acne scarring is an unfortunate consequence of normal acne. It results from inflammation in the skin and it can be made worse if the person with the acne tries to pick or otherwise manipulate their skin. Initially, acne scars appear red due to skin inflammation but overtime, associated breakdown of the skin collagen can lead to indented, rolling, or ice pick acne scars.”

Blemishes can make you feel insecure and cause you to hide your face when you should be feeling confident instead. They are an issue for so many people but thankfully, there’s many ways to prevent and treat acne scars.

If the scars are still red

When scars are new and still red, Dr. Hale suggests a specific laser treatment called the pulsed dye laser. According to her website,, the pulsed dye laser can “suppress inflammation, destroy the bacteria that is causative in acne and reduce the redness that characterizes [acne scars].”

Depending on the scarring, multiple treatments may be necessary. When it comes to insurance, different insurance companies provide coverage depending on whether they consider it medically necessary. Be sure to check with your insurance company to find out if your treatment will be covered! 

If the scars are extremely indented

In the case of extreme scarring that’s caused indentation, Dr. Hale says those scars will “respond to fractional laser resurfacing, which often requires multiple treatments.” Fractional laser resurfacing rejuvenates the skin and helps the skin produce new collagen. The treatment is prolonged but achieves significant results. This treatment is another one to check with your insurance company to see about coverage.

If there is significant collagen loss

For significant collage loss due to acne scars, Dr. Hale advises the use of dermal fillers. She says they “can be used to improve the indentations.” Fillers can improve the hollows that acne scarring creates by “stimulating collagen production.” This “provides more global volume replacement and rejuvenation” states

When treating acne and acne scars, you should consult your doctor or a dermatologist. Dr. Hale recommends to “see a dermatologist who can prescribe appropriate treatments to help improve the acne scarring.” They will be able to analyze your skin and what you need.

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Your skin is going to reflect how you treat it. If you’re constantly touching your face and picking at blemishes, you’re going to keep irritating it, spreading bacteria and stopping it from healing. To prevent further scarring (“Prevention is key!” says Dr. Hale), it’s necessary to take really good care of skin (you can even do it while napping!). Keep unnecessary dirt and oil off your skin while using salicylic acid (like this one by Neutrogena for just $8!) to cleanse the face and the healing process will happen faster and more effectively. Bye acne scars!