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Acne scarring is the long-term consequence of a moderate to severe case of acne. Acne scars can leave a range of different scar types including indented scars such as ice pick, rolling, boxcar and raised scars.


What causes acne scarring?

Acne scarring is caused by moderate to severe acne not healing properly, leaving damaged tissue around the original hair follicle. The body’s healing process produces new collagen fibres to repair skin, but it does so in an uneven way. Sometimes skin tissue is not replaced leaving either an indented appearance (atrophic) or a raised or lumpy scar (hypertrophic).


What can I do to prevent scarring?

Although acne scars never truly disappear without treatment, their effect can be minimised by the early treatment of acne. If your acne does not improve, see a GP or dermatologist, especially if deeper cysts or nodules develop. The more inflamed the skin, the greater the chance of scarring. Therefore, it is important to reduce inflammation by not scrubbing the area or picking, popping or squeezing pimples.

Are acne scars permanent?

About 30% of people with a moderate to severe case of acne will develop significant acne scarring. Although scars can never completely disappear without treatment, they can improve over time.


What treatments are available for acne scarring?

Acne scarring is treated with Fraxel Laser, a non-invasive procedure that works by sending little columns of laser down into the skin, treating a fraction of the tissue at once. It is this fractional technology that allows a much faster healing. Acne scarring is treated with a deeper wavelength suitable for the treatment of skin texture, surgical scarring, acne scarring, and fine lines. The laser works by stimulating our body’s natural healing process by removing old damaged skin cells and encouraging new collagen, elastin and healthy cells to reveal fresh, healthy, glowing skin.

We refer severe cases of acne to our colleagues at Neutral Bay Laser and Dermatology Clinic.