How can acne scars be treated?
Treatment for acne scarring isn’t usually available on the NHS, unless there’s evidence that the scarring is causing extreme psychological distress.
Usually, treatment for acne scarring is carried out at home or in private clinics. On average, people who have cosmetic treatment notice a 50-75% improvement in their scarring.
Some of the different types of cosmetic treatment include:
- dermabrasion (removing the top layer of skin)
- laser treatment (either to remove small patches of skin, ablative, or to stimulate collagen grown to repair the skin, non-ablative)
- punch techniques (surgically removing the scars, used to treat ‘boxcar’ or ‘ice pick scars’)
- subcision (removing the top layer of skin, used to treat ‘rolling scars’)
There are a number of different over-the-counter creams and oils you can buy to help reduce or fade acne scars. Ask your pharmacist or look online for facial treatments you can buy.
The best natural home remedies for acne scars include:
- aloe vera
- coconut oil
- honey and lemon juice
- rosehip or rose oil
In comparison to surgical or cosmetic treatments, there’s much less research into whether or not these natural remedies have much effect in treating acne scars. Ask your doctor for more advice if you’re ever unsure about something that’s been recommended to you.