5 Top Treatments for Fading Acne Scars

Woman looking at facial scars from acne

Acne is a common part of life, but pimples can leave deep scars, dark spots, and pockmarks. These blemishes on the face can make you feel insecure and follow you long after your initial acne has healed. Sometimes topical treatments such as lotions and serums aren’t enough to fade these stubborn acne scars. But there’s good news: With the right dermatology treatment plan, you can fade your scars and enjoy fresh, blemish-free skin once again.

There are many options when it comes to acne scar removal at our Houston practices. Here are a few of our most popular options.

Dermal Fillers

Fillers are often used to smooth wrinkles or plump up the cheeks and lips. However, they can also be used to treat pockmarks. These large divots in the skin often cast unflattering shadows and make your face appear discolored in certain lighting. Dermal fillers fix this problem by filling in the depressions and making your skin a single, evenly raised surface. When fewer shadows are cast, your complexion looks brighter and you can feel confident no matter the angle.


As time goes by, dead skin cells and other debris collect on the face. When dead cells pile up, they can clog pores and clump up on uneven surfaces, further highlighting your scars, wrinkles, or pockmarks. Microdermabrasion is an easy, straightforward way to remove these layers of dead skin cells. The treatment uses ultra-fine particles to buff and smooth the skin, reducing the appearance of acne scars and leaving behind a fresh, clear face underneath.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

While acne scars don’t always leave deep divots, they can often create dark marks that stand out against the skin. That darker pigmentation can be difficult to remove with topical solutions alone. Intense pulsed light is perfect in these situations as it targets excess pigmentation in the skin. The procedure uses powerful light energy to break down the dark pigment and even out your skin’s coloration.

Laser Skin Rejuvenation

Light-based devices aren’t the only option for refining skin tone. Lasers can also help via laser skin toning treatments that use laser energy to warm the skin so it can heal itself from within. As the middle layers of skin are gradually heated up, the skin naturally creates more youthful collagen in response. This added collagen plumps up the skin and repairs other common signs of aging, helping your face look brighter and younger.


For more advanced acne scarring, treatments like microneedling are sometimes a better approach. This specialized treatment uses small, ultra-fine needles to carefully prick the skin. Each of these micro-injuries prompts the creation of more collagen, while our advanced SkinPen applicator releases nourishing serums deep into the skin. This process can reverse years of sun damage and fade acne scars across the face.

If you struggle with stubborn scars and pockmarks, our dermatologist-approved treatments can refresh your face in no time. To learn more about acne scar removal and other cosmetic dermatology treatments here in Houston, please request a consultation online or call (713) 791-9966 to schedule an appointment.

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