Many patients at Pure Dermatology seek treatment for acne, but also wonder how to get rid of their acne scars. The first step to treating acne scars is to clear up existing acne. It is important to be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist because sometimes patients think their acne is controlled but there is still subtle (hard to see) acne that is still there. Until your acne is cleared, any acne scar treatment will be less effective and wasteful of your money.
At Pure Dermatology, we offer a combination of topical medications, oral medications, cleansers, peels or lasers to treat your acne. Once your acne is clear and controlled, it’s time to move on to treating acne scars.
It is important to visit Pure Dermatology as early as possible in treating your acne, particularly if you notice any scarring. It is also important to not pick your acne, as this tends to make acne and scarring worse. We know it is very difficult, but it is very important to not squeeze acne! Fiddling with or picking an acne pimple generally makes it last longer and makes it way more likely to leave a scar.
The first step, although it seems simple, is a DAILY facial sunscreen. This is important to keep the scars as close to your normal skin tone as possible. We have several favorites at Pure Dermatology that will not worsen acne and that are customized to your skin tone. We even offer sunscreens that can brighten skin at the same time. Sunscreen will keep dark scars from getting less dark, and also keep pink scars from becoming more red and it often helps moisturize skin to better prepare it for acne or scar treatments. If you are not wearing a DAILY sunscreen it is unlikely that any treatment for acne scars will work.
There is also good evidence that a prescription strength topical retinoid can improve the appearance of acne scars. Topical retinoids can increase collagen formation and build new healthy skin in and around acne scars if used early enough in treatment.
Providers at Pure Dermatology select medical grade skincare and prescriptions tailored to each patient. We offer MANY safe and effective procedures for acne scarring such as laser treatments, TCA cross, chemical peels, microneedling and radiofrequency microneedling, but each patient skin type and color and the type of acne scars present must be taken into consideration when selecting treatments.
Treating acne scarring requires a partnership with the patient, a dedication to sun protection and a commitment. Usually, a series of procedures is necessary, and maintenance treatment periodically is recommended. Strict sun protection and habitual skincare is critical to controlling acne and acne scarring. Our team, including Dr. Holcomb, Dr. Haseltine, and Cherie Albro, NP select treatments very carefully with each patient to minimize the likelihood of worsening acne and to choose the most effective and efficient plan.