What are the treatment options for acne vulgaris scarring?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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The scarring of acne tends to be of 2 different types, either the broad-based depression or the ice-pick lesion. Treatment usually centers on making the scar borders less distinct with techniques such as dermabrasion, laser abrasion, and chemical peeling. Subcutaneous collagen injections can be a useful adjunct. Frequently, it is best to excise ice-pick lesions. Because of the significant changes in epidermal thickness by isotretinoin therapy, efforts to resurface by dermabrasion or laser should be deferred for at least 1 year to afford the skin the opportunity to recover.


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