Acne Scar Treatments
It is possible to erase your skins past! At Natural Acne Clinic, we specialize in clearing acne as well as eliminating post acne redness and minimizing skin indentations. We offer complimentary consults to explore the various options and to ensure the proper procedure is chosen. It is our goal to make sure you receive a treatment plan that is guarantee to produce results.
First off, it is important to understand that there are two different types of acne scarring 1) post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (aka red, purple or brown discoloration that slowly fades away) and 2) depressed scarring such as pock mark or ice pick scars caused by cystic breakouts. In order to understand what treatments are best, we need to explain what is physiologically occurring at the level of the skin with each of these types of scars.
Minimal downtime acne scar treatments includes for post-acne redness include:
- Chemical Peels
- IPL Photofacial
- MicroNeedling (for darker skin types)
- Topical Skin Lighteners
Most aggressive acne scar treatments for depressed and pitted acne scars include:
- Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
- TCA Chemical Peels
Acne Scarring Treatment Options
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
First the good news- PIH is not truly a scar and will go away with time or quite quickly when treated with acne scar treatments such as IPL or chemical peels and topical skin lighteners applied daily!
Post-acne redness or PIH is the skins natural response to inflammation. PIH develops when a stimuli such as an acne breakout causes inflammation, which triggers the skin to produce too much melanin (aka pigment) as a protective measure. This pigment is produced in excess causing a red, purple or brown spot to be left behind weeks to months after a breakout has healed. PIH is typically caused by pustular and hormonal inflammatory acne.
One of the best acne scar treatments for PIH is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) due to its ability to target and lighten pigment that is darker than the surrounding skin color. Keep in mind, the IPL is only appropriate for light to medium skin types.
(If you have darker skin with PIH, your best option is MicroNeedling and Chemical Peels. Your Esthetician will make a recommendation on the best peel for you.)
Full Face IPL: $199 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4, 6 or 8
Partial Face (cheeks) IPL: $135 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4, 6 or 8
Upper Back IPL: $249 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4, 6 or 8
Chemical Peels & Microdermabrasion
Another great treatment option for PIH is chemical peels and microdermabrasion. This is the least abrasive way to make dramatic improvements in the skin without significant downtime. These treatments work by exfoliating off the top layers of pigmented/damaged skin. In addition, chemical peels contain specific ingredients that interact with the darkened skin and “lighten” the discoloration. With a series of treatments, PIH and redness will completely fade away. Chemical peels can be combined with microdermabrasion for an even more dramatic effect, this procedure is called a MicroPeel.
We recommend Jessners and TCA Peels for best results in addition to a home care regimen consisting of Vitamin A and skin lightening products such as Vivant True Tone Forte.
Jessner’s Chemical Peel………………………………….$110 Single Treatment, Buy 5 Get 1 Free
“Deep” Peel (20% TCA)…………………………………………………….$185 Single Treatment, Buy 5 Get 1 Free
MicroPeel……………………………………………………………..$120 Single Treatment, Buy 5 Get 1 Free
Depressed (Pock Mark or Ice Pick) Scarring Treatment Options
Depressed acne scarring is caused by loss of collagen after a cystic breakout or picking at acne and is unfortunately, a true scar. The nature of cystic acne is that it develops deep within the skin and continues to erupt and spread, destroying and breaking down collagen in the process. Collagen is what gives our skin thickness and volume. When collagen is lost naturally by the aging process or due to trauma in the area one will see wrinkles, lines, sagging skin or depressed skin tissue.
Collagen is also responsible for youthful looking skin, the best acne scar treatments are collagen induction therapies such as MicroNeedling or laser procedures used to treat wrinkles and sagging that are also used to treat acne scarring. The best treatments for depressed acne scarring are MicroNeedling and Fractional CO2. There are, however, differences between these two treatments.
MicroNeedling, or collagen induction therapy, is recommended for minor to moderate, shallow acne scarring. Overall, in our experience, this is the favored choice over Fractional CO2 (except for severe, deep acne scarring). In our experience, as a whole, our clients are happier after a series of MicroNeedling sessions that they are after laser. This is because MicroNeedling is less painful, has only 1-2 days of downtime, costs less and has better results.
Treatments cost $175-285 and require 4-12 sessions.
MicroNeedling Full Face: $285 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4 or more
MicroNeedling Partial Face (cheeks): $200 Single Treatment, 10-20% off Packages of 4 or more