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The Ultimate Guide to Lightening Acne Scarring

Dealing with acne scars can be a long and challenging journey, but the good news is that there are effective strategies and professional treatments available to help lighten and minimize the appearance of these scars.

In this blog, we'll look into the types of acne scarring, and explore professional and at-home treatments that can contribute to a smoother, clearer skin.

Understanding Acne Scarring

Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a common type of acne scarring characterized by darkened spots on the skin. These spots occur as a result of increased melanin production during the healing process. As PIH does not cause a change in the texture of the skin, it can be a source of frustration for those seeking an even skin tone.

Box Car Scarring

Box car scars are depressions in the skin with sharply defined edges, resembling the scars left by chickenpox. These scars can vary in size and are often caused by inflammatory acne. Their appearance can be challenging to conceal with makeup, making them a concern for many individuals.

Ice Pick Scars

Ice pick scars are deep, narrow scars that extend into the skin. They resemble small, V-shaped depressions and are often a result of severe acne. Ice pick scars can be particularly stubborn, but various treatments can help improve their appearance.

Rolling Scars

Rolling scars create a wave-like texture on the skin, causing it to appear uneven. These scars are typically caused by the tethering of the skin to deeper structures. While they may not be as sharply defined as some other types, they can still impact the skin's overall texture.

Professional Treatments for Acne Scarring

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels involve the application of a chemical solution to the skin, which exfoliates the top layer and promotes the growth of new, smoother skin. Different types and strengths of chemical peels are available, and they can be customized based on the severity of scarring. Regular sessions can lead to a noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone.


Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, uses tiny needles to create controlled micro-injuries in the skin. This stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, promoting skin regeneration. Microneedling is effective for various types of acne scars and can contribute to smoother, more even skin.

Monthly Facials

Regular facials performed by skincare professionals can be an essential component of an acne treatment plan. Facial treatments may include cleansing, exfoliating, and targeting your main skin concern are customized to your specific skin type and needs. Monthly facials can help maintain skin health, reduce the appearance of scars, and provide a relaxing self-care routine.

Targeted At-Home Products

To complement professional treatments, incorporating targeted at-home products into your skincare routine, can further accelerate the lightening of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).

Products containing AHA/BHA, such as the Clear Cell Exfoliating Pads, can aid in gentle exfoliation, promoting cell turnover and reducing the appearance of dark spots.

The Iluma Intense Brightening Serum and Iluma Intense Illuminating Serum are specifically formulated to target hyperpigmentation, promoting a more even skin tone.

Additionally, incorporating SPF into your daily routine is crucial to prevent further pigmentation and protect the skin from harmful UV rays. Options like Image's Daily Matte Moisturizer SPF 30 and Face Reality's Daily SPF30 Lotion offer effective sun protection.

For a specialized serum, for someone dealing with persistent acne, we highly recomment Mandelic Serum 5% or 8%, known for its gentle exfoliation and brightening properties.

We highly suggest integrating these products into your daily routine to address post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and promote a brighter and even-toned skin (you will thank us later!).

Each of these products are available for pick up at our Brooklyn studio.

Dealing with acne scarring requires a combination of patience, diligence, and effective treatments. Understanding the types of acne scarring and exploring professional treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling, and monthly facials can be crucial to achieving the desired results.

But remember! Consistency is key, and consulting with skincare professionals can help create a treatment plan that addresses your unique skin concerns. With the right approach, you can start the best journey towards smoother, clearer skin and newfound confidence.


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