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Acne scar treatment

Up to 30% of individuals with moderate to severe acne will develop scars. Minor scars may gradually fade or become less visible over time, especially if they are superficial. However, not all scars will disappear on their own. Deep scars such as hypertrophic scars or keloids often remain visible unless they are treated.

How to treat acne scars

There are several types of scars that can be removed or reduced using different treatment methods. The most common types of scars that can be removed or reduced include:

  • Superficial red scars may gradually disappear over time, especially if they are small and not deep. To help these scars fade faster, it is advisable to avoid picking or squeezing pimples or injured areas. Keep the area clean and moisturized with a mild oil-free moisturizer and avoid exposure to direct sunlight without sun protection. You may also consider treatments such as chemical peels, laser therapy, or micro-needling to help reduce the visibility of these scars.
  • Atrophic scars are deep scars caused by the loss of collagen and tissue during the healing process. They can be removed or reduced using treatments such as laser therapy, micro-needling, or chemical peels.
  • Hypertrophic scars are raised scars due to excessive collagen production during the healing process. They can be treated with laser therapy or steroid injections.
  • Keloids are rare and more severe scars that can grow beyond the original site of injury and require special treatment methods such as surgery, laser therapy, or steroid injections.

It is important to remember that not all scars can be completely removed, and treatment results will vary depending on the type of scar, the size of the scar, the severity, and individual factors such as skin type and medical history. It is best to consult with an experienced and qualified medical professional to determine which treatment method is best for you.

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How Dr.Dropin can help you

We are concerned with making good medical assessments when it comes to treating your skin and skin problems. We, therefore, want you to first come in for a dermatologist consultation so that a dermatologist can make a comprehensive assessment of your skin with the best treatment method. Together, you will agree on a further course of treatment to achieve the results you want.

General Practitioner

At Dr.Dropin our experienced GPs provide a wide range of primary care services, similar to those provided by the NHS, either in the clinic or through video consultations.


At Dr.Dropin, you will receive specialist care from our expert Consultant Dermatologists provided by skindoc. With extensive experience from both public and private hospitals, we can assess and treat most chronic and acute skin disorders – either in the clinic, through video, or via a photo upload service.