How to Get Rid of Acne Scarring

GoodRx / Maryann Mikhail, MD

The basics

Acne affects up to 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30. Many have some post-acne scarring, which can have a negative impact on your overall well-being. People with acne scarring often:

  • Feel less attractive
  • Feel less confident
  • Get anxiety
  • Avoid social situations
  • Have a higher risk of depression or suicide
  • Do worse in school
  • Have trouble finding jobs

There are three basic types of acne scars.

  • Atrophic: depressed scars that look like craters (also called icepick, rolling, or boxcar)
  • Hypertrophic: thickened scars with raised scar tissue (also called hypertrophic scars, keloids)
  • Post-inflammatory alteration: skin discoloration (red, white, dark marks)

Treatment for acne scars depends on the type of scarring, how severe it is, and skin type. Often, a combination of the following treatments is necessary:

  • Topicals
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Chemical peels
  • Steroid injections
  • Subcision
  • Fillers
  • Laser therapy
  • Microneedling
  • Radiofrequency microneedling
  • Excision and punch grafting

Do you have acne scars that make you feel self-conscious? Is one of your loved ones upset by their scars? Here’s a guide to the treatment options to improve or get rid of acne scarring.

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