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What is the Best Way to Treat Acne Scars and Discoloration?

Are you someone who struggles with post-acne scarring and skin discoloration? No doubt, this skin condition can be frustrating, especially after battling active acne breakouts, pesky pimples, or, even worse, deep cystic acne that’s painful and distressing. 

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, we understand that scarring and discoloration caused by acne can be almost as challenging to deal with as the acne itself. 

Fortunately, we’ve come to discover some essential treatments that work well in addressing and smoothing out acne scars, as well as improving the look of discoloration from acne! Learn more about these treatments by reading our short guide below. 


Best Acne Scars and Discoloration Treatments 


If you’ve battled moderate to severe acne, you are likely already familiar with Retin-A or the similar topical retinoid brands of Differin and Tazorac. This is a common medication prescribed for acne, though it’s also effective at addressing scars and discoloration caused by acne. 

Topical retinoids, such as Retin-A, work to clear up post-acne scarring and discoloration by regulating and speeding up skin cell turnover. This increase in cell turnover helps to boost collagen production, which minimizes the look of acne scars and improves skin discoloration. 


Chemical Peels 

Another effective treatment for post-acne scars and discoloration is a chemical peel. This type of cosmetic treatment is a form of deep exfoliation, which brightens the skin, smoothes out skin texture, improves active acne lesions, alleviates post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (aka skin discoloration), and renews the skin for an overall healthier appearance. 

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, we offer a range of different chemical peels that will help treat post-acne scarring and discoloration: 

  • Illuminize Peel 
  • Glycolic/Salicylic/AFA Peel
  • Vitalize Peel 
  • Rejuvenize Peel 
  • Gentleman’s Peel 


Laser Skin Resurfacing 

At the Center for Surgical Dermatology, we offer laser skin resurfacing with the remarkable CO2 laser, which is proven to effectively treat various types of scarring, as well as wrinkles, fine lines, and skin discoloration. 

But what exactly is laser skin resurfacing? This innovative treatment involves removing very thin layers of skin to stimulate new collagen and elastin production, which results in smoother, firmer, more even-toned skin. 


Dermal Fillers 

Did you know dermal fillers are rather exceptional at filling out and improving the look of deep acne scars? 

Dermal fillers are a safe, non-surgical cosmetic treatment that use an injectable gel or solution to address specific skin issues. Dermal fillers are typically associated with anti-aging benefits, such as smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles, enhancing natural features for a more youthful appearance, and rejuvenating the face for a revitalized look. 

But those aren’t the only benefits – it’s been discovered that dermal fillers are also effective at addressing post-acne scarring. 

Dermal fillers for acne scars work by lifting the indented, depressed scars and deep contours with a filler substance, which results in smoother, softer skin. However, this type of cosmetic treatment is not effective at improving the look of post-acne hyperpigmentation and skin discoloration. 


Clear, Smooth Skin with Effective Post-Acne Scarring and Discoloration Treatments at the Center for Surgical Dermatology 

If you’re ready to achieve a softer, smoother, and clearer complexion, we recommend getting in touch with our exceptional team to learn more about our effective cosmetic treatments for post-acne scarring and discoloration! 

Whether it’s getting more information regarding chemical peels, topicals, dermal fillers, or laser treatments, we’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Give us a call at (614) 847-4100 today or send us a message online. We can’t wait to help you achieve the skin of your dreams!


Center for Surgical Dermatology is passionate about healthy, beautiful skin! If you’d like to visit with a dermatologist to find out what the best way to treat acne scars and discoloration are for smooth, clear skin, call (614) 847-4100 to schedule an appointment. 

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