Microneedling. You’ve heard us talk about microneedling before. And while we love the at-home roller for its skin brightening abilities, it doesn’t do much for deeper scars. In-office versions, however, use longer needles to go deeper within the skin (and sometimes dermatologists couple them with radiofrequency energy to really ramp up collagen production and cause the skin to plump back to its original state). All of this is to say that if you’re really trying to treat acne scars, professional help is your best (and safest) bet.
Lasers. For more stubborn marks or indentations, ask your dermatologists about lasers—which can treat both issues. Fraxel is one of the most commonly used options because the light penetrates the surface layers of your skin without damaging it. In doing so, it stimulates new collagen growth (which improves the overall texture and appearance of your skin) with minimal downtime. Most people need anywhere between two to four treatments to see full results.
Dermal fillers. If you have deeper pitted scars or indentations in your skin, dermal fillers (like Restylane or Belotero) can fill the depressed areas and make your overall complexion look and feel smoother. Also, depending on the level and type of scarring you have, your derm might recommend coupling the fillers with a laser treatment. Results typically last between six months to a year, at which point you would need to reassess whether or not you want or need more fillers injected.