Visible scars can greatly affect self-confidence, drawing unwanted attention and embarrassment. Effective treatment is essential, whether scars result from acne, trauma, stretch marks, or injuries like burns and cuts. Finding the right solution is crucial for those seeking to improve their appearance and regain confidence in their skin.

Acne Treatments

Acne, affecting up to 50 million Americans, isn’t merely a cosmetic issue; it can cause emotional distress and impact life quality. It’s prevalent in both genders, with adult-onset acne affecting 50% of men and 25% of women. Treatment options vary from over-the-counter remedies to prescription medications and cosmetic procedures, depending on acne severity and skin type. Seeking professional guidance can help individuals navigate through the variety of treatments available to find the most effective solution for their unique condition.

What is acne?

Acne, a prevalent skin disease, results from the clogging of hair follicles, skin cells, and sebum, fostering bacterial growth and leading to inflammation and pimples. Various types of blemishes can emerge, including whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.

Genetics influence acne development, with most cases occurring between ages 11 and 30. Acne scars, often left behind by severe acne, are skin indentations that persist even after acne subsides. These scars, though not typically discolored, can affect the skin’s texture, prolonging the emotional distress associated with acne long after the condition resolves.

Causes of acne scars

Acne scars stem from the inflammatory process triggered by acne breakouts, which can occur at any age. Inflammation damages underlying skin tissue, leading to discoloration and uneven texture. Cystic acne further disrupts skin structure by damaging collagen fibers, resulting in indented scars upon healing. Squeezing or picking at acne exacerbates scarring, potentially causing raised or lumpy keloid scars.

At Aesthetic Envy, we offer acne scar treatments to enhance your skin’s appearance and boost your confidence, ensuring you can embrace life with renewed self-assurance.

Types of acne scars-

Acne scars manifest in various forms depending on the type of acne experienced.

  • Hyperpigmentation alters skin tone, resulting in reddened or darker areas.
  • Keloids produce discolored, bumpy skin due to excess cell production during healing.
  • Icepick scars resemble tiny punctures, typical in cystic acne sufferers.
  • Rolling scars cause a wavy, uneven skin texture, often seen in chronic acne cases.
  • Boxcar scars feature shallow depressions with defined edges, pulling the skin downwards.

Each scar type presents unique challenges, but with our tailored treatments at Aesthetic Envy, we can address these concerns and restore your skin’s smooth, flawless appearance.

Treating Acne Scars FAQ’s

Determining the best acne treatment involves assessing factors like acne severity, skin type, lifestyle, and skincare routine. During your consultation, our team at Aesthetic Envy evaluates these aspects to tailor a treatment plan suited to your needs. From skincare products to specialized treatments, we ensure effective solutions for clear, healthy skin.

Acne manifests in various forms, each with distinct characteristics and underlying causes:

  • Comedonal acne presents as blackheads and whiteheads due to pore blockages by oil and dead skin cells.
  • Inflammatory acne includes pimples, papules, and pustules resulting from bacterial infection in clogged pores, leading to redness and swelling.
  • Cystic acne is severe, causing painful cysts and nodules, often resulting in scarring.
  • Hormonal acne stems from hormonal imbalances, common in teenagers, women with PCOS, and those experiencing hormonal fluctuations.
  • Acne mechanica arises from friction or pressure on the skin caused by tight clothing or sports gear.
  • Acne fulminans is a rare, severe form characterized by sudden onset inflammatory lesions, fever, and joint pain, typically affecting adolescent males.

Acne arises from various factors contributing to the clogging of hair follicles with oil and dead skin cells:

  • Hormonal changes, particularly heightened androgen levels, spur excess oil production, fostering pore blockage.
  • Genetic predisposition plays a role, with acne often inherited from parents.
  • Some medications like corticosteroids or lithium can induce acne as a side effect.
  • Certain dietary restrictions, notably dairy and high glycemic index foods, may exacerbate acne.
  • Stress amplifies hormone production, escalating acne risk.
  • Skincare products containing oil or irritants can aggravate pores, promoting acne.
  • Propionibacterium acnes bacteria, residing on the skin, can worsen acne when pores clog.

Consulting with a dermatologist is crucial for understanding your acne’s root causes and devising a personalized treatment approach. Determining the acne type during consultation is vital for effective treatment. Each individual’s skin is unique, necessitating a comprehensive evaluation to tailor treatments addressing active acne or minimizing severe acne scars effectively.


Our skincare experts at Aesthetic Envy provide quality treatments to address visible acne scars effectively. Tailoring treatment plans to your skin type, scar depth, and aesthetic goals, we may recommend various approaches.

Topical Treatments:

Over-the-counter products like benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, or salicylic acid can be effective for mild to moderate acne. These agents combat inflammation, eliminate acne-causing bacteria, and unclog pores, offering diverse formulations for different preferences.


Severe acne cases may require prescription medications like oral antibiotics, retinoids, or hormonal therapies. Antibiotics target acne bacteria, while retinoids unclog pores and reduce inflammation. Hormonal therapies adjust hormone levels to alleviate acne symptoms in some individuals.

With our comprehensive array of treatments, we prioritize personalized solutions to address your unique skin concerns, ensuring optimal outcomes and restoring your confidence in your skin’s appearance.

Dermal fillers:

Dermal fillers treat acne scars by plumping underneath the depressed tissue. While your skin will not look ‘perfect’ after treatment, dermal fillers do have the potential to dramatically reduce the appearance of scars and may spur a more accelerated natural healing process.

Dermal fillers address acne scars by plumping the depressed tissue underneath. While they won’t render skin flawless, they can significantly diminish scar appearance and even expedite the natural healing process.

Acne scar treatment with dermal fillers typically utilizes hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvederm or Restylane. After cleansing the treatment area, your doctor identifies scars for filling. The amount of filler required depends on scar severity and quantity. A fine needle is then inserted into each scar, and filler is deposited behind it to plump the area.

Results are immediate, though minor swelling or redness at injection sites may occur. While skin won’t revert entirely to its pre-acne state, overall smoothness should improve noticeably.

Hyaluronic acid fillers last around 3-6 months before being absorbed by the body. However, they stimulate collagen production, which may aid in breaking down scar tissue, offering long-term benefits. Maintenance injections every 6 months are recommended for prolonged results.

Other Treatments-

Various treatments are available to address acne scarring, each offering unique benefits for skin rejuvenation and scar reduction.

SkinPen microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, utilizes ultra-fine needles to create controlled injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen and elastin production for smoother, healthier skin. When combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), this treatment can yield dramatic improvements in acne-damaged skin.

HydraFacial combines hydradermabrasion with nutrient infusions to remove debris and dead skin cells while saturating the skin with antioxidants and peptides, promoting a clearer complexion.

Chemical peels exfoliate the skin, revealing fresh, healthy skin beneath and reducing the appearance of acne scars. Salicylic acid peels are particularly effective, penetrating deep into pores to eliminate acne-causing bacteria.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy targets acne scars by delivering short pulses of light to affected skin cells, reducing discoloration and scar tissue. IPL is non-invasive, requiring minimal downtime, and is effective for addressing multiple issues simultaneously, making it a popular choice for scar treatment.

Choose Aesthetic Envy in Sacramento for your acne scar treatment to restore confidence in your skin. Our private facility offers customized treatments in a serene environment, focusing on achieving wellness and enhancing your aesthetic goals. Trust our experienced team to deliver results for radiant, healthy-looking skin.

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Unlock your journey to radiant beauty and rejuvenation. Call us at 916-333-4906 to schedule your personalized consultation at our medical spa today!

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