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What is the best treatment for acne scars?

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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Type dependent

If shallow, crater-like scars, use of mechanical dermabrasion is probably most effective.
Use of lasers, chemical peels or punch/excisions are optional. Most difficult to treat are the "ice-pick" variety, which may end up looking like enlarged pores regardless of the therapy provided. Proper skin care and avoidance of acne infections is the best....Do not squeeze or pick such lesions if active.

In brief: Type dependent

If shallow, crater-like scars, use of mechanical dermabrasion is probably most effective.
Use of lasers, chemical peels or punch/excisions are optional. Most difficult to treat are the "ice-pick" variety, which may end up looking like enlarged pores regardless of the therapy provided. Proper skin care and avoidance of acne infections is the best....Do not squeeze or pick such lesions if active.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Allison Holzapfel
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No BEST treatment

There is no best treatment for acne scars, as these scars come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and depths.
Treatment can range from light chemical peels to lighten hyperpigmented scars to deep laser resurfacing or dermabrasion to even out rolling scars. Scar revision or excision can be very helpful, as can augmentation of depressed scars. Consultation can determine the best action.

In brief: No BEST treatment

There is no best treatment for acne scars, as these scars come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and depths.
Treatment can range from light chemical peels to lighten hyperpigmented scars to deep laser resurfacing or dermabrasion to even out rolling scars. Scar revision or excision can be very helpful, as can augmentation of depressed scars. Consultation can determine the best action.
Dr. Allison Holzapfel
Dr. Allison Holzapfel
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Several options

Dermarolling, chemical peels, dermabrasion, and lasers can all improve acne scarring.

In brief: Several options

Dermarolling, chemical peels, dermabrasion, and lasers can all improve acne scarring.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology

In brief: Many options

Treatment is often based on depth, size, location, and number of scars.
Topicals like tretinoin (retin-a and others) can help. Chemical peels of various strength (phenol, trichloroacetic acid, etc.) and depth can be used. There is also microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Individual 'ice pick' scars are sometimes best treated by excision and closure.

In brief: Many options

Treatment is often based on depth, size, location, and number of scars.
Topicals like tretinoin (retin-a and others) can help. Chemical peels of various strength (phenol, trichloroacetic acid, etc.) and depth can be used. There is also microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Individual 'ice pick' scars are sometimes best treated by excision and closure.
Dr. Tara Passow
Dr. Tara Passow
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