Acne Scarring

about Active breakouts are frustrating enough, but the scars acne can leave behind can feel downright terrible. The good news is that acne scars can be treated.

However, before treatment can start you first have to get rid of active acne as new breakouts can lead to new acne scars. Acne scars are formed when a breakout penetrates the skin deeply and damages the tissues beneath it.

Before treating your scars, it is important to know what type they are. Each type responds to treatment differently, and some treatments are better for specific scars than others. There are many treatments available for acne scars of all types.

If you are concerned about acne scars, our team of Skin Specialists will develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

At-home treatment

Before you begin any treatment plan for acne scarring, we recommend booking a consultation with one of our certified Skin Specialists. They can help you determine the best method to reduce the appearance of your scars and identify if the marks on your skin are in fact scars and not another condition.

The following active ingredients have been proven effective for the treatment of acne scarring:

Glycolic Acid - Often found in products made to treat acne Glycolic Acid helps remove dead skin and prevent clogged pores. Even better, it can also help make acne scarring less visible by exfoliating the outer layer of the skin to help remove discoloration and textural irregularities. Best for: All types of acne scars. Recommended Products: ZO Acne Treatment Pads, ZO Exfoliation Accelerator

Lactic Acid - Lactic Acid can improve the texture, appearance, and pigmentation of the skin as well as lighten acne scarring. Best for: All types of acne scars. Recommended Products: ZO Complexion Renewal Pads, ZO Dual Action Scrub

Salicylic Acid - Salicylic Acid dissolves pore clogging skin debris, acts as an anti-inflammatory, helping red inflamed pimples and pustules heal faster and also helps exfoliate the skin when applied topically. It is one of the best treatments for acne and acne scarring. Best for: All types of acne scars. Recommended Products: ZO Acne Treatment Pads, ZO Dual Action Scrub

Retinoids - Topical retinoids are another acne treatment with scar-smoothing benefits. In addition to speeding up your cell regeneration and improving your skin’s texture, retinoids can also help reduce discoloration and make scars less noticeable. Best for: Atrophic or depressed scars. Recommended Products: ZO Wrinkle & Texture Repair, ZO Retinol Skin Brightener

Sunscreen - It is vital to wear sunscreen every day over scars. Sun exposure can darken scars or make them more noticeable. Best for: All acne scars. Recommended Product: ZO Daily Sheer Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen

In-Clinic Treatments

Century Derma Lounge offers a wide variety of options for the treatment of acne scarring, mainly depending on the depth of the scars. For superficial scars, it may be helpful to treat the outer layer of the skin, called the stratum corneum. Treatments such as Chemical Peels can address the outer layer of the skin.

For deeper scars, non-surgical options typically include ablative and non-ablative laser skin resurfacing. We offer the latest gold-standard technologies including Opus Plasma, PicoWay and Profound RF Microneedling. Our treatments are safe and offer effective scar reduction with minimal down-time, risks, and pain. A consultation will help determine which treatment is best for you.

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