Can Acne Scars Be Removed?
Most serious acne scarring is caused by the more severe forms of
acne, with nodules more likely to leave permanent scars than other
types of acne. The best way to deal with acne is to get treatment soon
after the acne appears to prevent further severe acne and more
scarring. If you have nodules, see your doctor or dermatologist for
If you have serious scarring from previous bouts with acne, there
are some things you can do. One form of treatment is laser resurfacing,
which can be done in the doctor's or dermatologist's office.
The laser removes the damaged top layer of skin and tightens the
middle layer, leaving skin smoother. This can take anywhere from a few
minutes to an hour. The doctor will try to lessen any pain by first
numbing the skin with local anesthesia. It usually takes between 3 and
10 days for the skin to heal completely.
Another method for treating acne scarring is dermabrasion, which
uses a rotating wire brush or spinning diamond instrument to wear down
the surface of the skin. As the skin heals, a new, smoother layer
replaces the abraded skin. It may take a bit longer for skin to heal
using dermabrasion - usually between 10 days and 3 weeks.
Both of these types of treatments will cause skin to turn red, and
this redness may last for several months. You can only have these
treatments if you don't have an active case of acne at the time of
Depending on the severity of your scars, your doctor or
dermatologist may also suggest a more mild chemical peel or
microdermabrasion, which are also done right in the office, to help
improve the appearance of the scarred areas.
In some cases, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove deeply indented scars.
One thing you shouldn't do to deal with acne scars is load up your
face with masks or fancy lotions - these won't help and may irritate
your skin further, making the scars red and even more noticeable.
If you have a red or brownish mark on your face that you got from a
bad zit, have no fear - it will eventually fade, just like the scars
you had on your knees after you fell off your bike when you were a kid.
However, it may take 12 months or longer - so your best bet is to avoid
these kinds of marks by not squeezing or popping your zits, no matter
how tempting it may seem.