How Long Does It Take for Acne Scars to Fade?
While their appearance may decrease over time, after about 6 months of healing acne scars will not improve further without intervention. We recommend seeing a dermatologist for acne and acne scars that make you self-conscious or affect your life. Treatment of acne can decrease the chance of future scarring and some interventions can reduce the appearance of existing scars.
How Are Acne Scars Treated?
Acne scars, especially on the face, often look like darkened or red blotches as well as small pits or indentations. These types of scars can be very difficult to treat. Topical scar treatments can help reduce pigmentation and soften the appearance of acne scars, but some scars will continue to be a problem.
More advanced methods include:
Fraxel® Dual Laser
This non-ablative laser targets pigmentation issues and textural irregularities. It stimulates collagen development to make your skin smoother and more even. It also triggers the production of healthy new skin cells and the shedding of old, damaged ones. Pigmentation and texture can both be addressed. Fraxel is best for more superficial scars, not deep, depressed scars.
VBeam Pulsed Dye Laser
Acne sufferers often develop redness that lasts long after an acne pimple fades. If you have acne scars accompanied by redness, VBeam can target the red discoloration. This can dramatically reduce the visibility of red acne scarring.
Dermal fillers can be injected into acne scars to lift them to the skin level around them. This can work well for deep acne scars that are not firmly bound down, but you will need injections every six to eighteen months.