I had bad acne in my 20’s, but now I have scars on my cheeks that are covered with little holes. What can I do to get rid of the scars?
There are many suitable treatments available today for acne scars, such as laser resurfacing to smooth out the outermost layer of the skin. Dermabrasion is not commonly used since the world has embraced laser technology. There are many less invasive treatments available including a series of Intense Pulsed Light treatments, Thermage or radio frequency skin tightening, and a variety of chemical peeling agents including trichloracetic acid. If you’ve never done anything for your scars yet, you might consider starting with something less aggressive first. Microdermabrasion or mechanical abrasion of the skin with a fine spray of crystals has been known to improve acne scars. If the scars are depressed, they can be injected with fillers like Restylane or fat to fill out the contour. The best treatment may be a combination of injectables and some method of resurfacing. Make sure that your acne is under control before you begin a program to attack the scarring.