Acne is the most common skin condition worldwide.

Most people get it during their teen yearsOnly in America, over 50 million people are suffering from acne annuallyGlobally, the number is well over 100 million.

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Sometimes acne disappears on its own, while other times it is needed an intervention. In both cases, many people end up with deep acne scars. Acne scars look unpleasant, but fortunately, you can deal with it.

In the following guide, we will explain how to make deep acne scars go away once and for all. But before we go into treatment strategies, we need to understand the type of acne scars.

  1. Types of acne scars

There are five types of deep acne scars:

  • Ice pick
  • Box Scar
  • Hypertrophic
  • Rolling
  • Brown Marks

Ice pick, box scar, and rolling scar belong to a subgroup known as atrophic scars. If the scar is in the form of a bump than it is considered to be a keloid or a Hypertrophic.

On the other hand, the brown marks can hardly be called scars as they fade away on their own after a while. However, that while can last for years if not treated. Brown marks are also known as hyperpigmentation.

  1. How to find your type of acne scars?

  • Staring in front of a window during daylight is not enough, and you won’t be able to see so much. What you need to do instead is use angled light, change angles, and dimming angles.
  • That should help you to reveal the depth and the type of your acne scars. But don’t be surprised to see that you got more than one type of scars.
  1. How to deal with deep acne scars

Fractionated Lasers

  • They are a bit costly but very effective in treating deep acne scars. They use focused laser energy to “burn” the damaged skin and allow for a new one to come instead.
  • The heat that comes out of them also stimulates collagen production which results to a healthier looking skin texture. There are several possible side effects: skin bleaching, hyperpigmentation, and redness.
  • The entire procedure takes four to five days and the recovery time is usually from three to five weeks.


  • This procedure uses a special tool featuring an abrasive end such as a wire brush or a wheel. The abrasive end is used to remove the top skin layer of the scar so that new skin can grow freely on its place.
  • Slight swelling and skin redness are possible side effects, but even when they appear, they tend to vanish on their own in a matter of days. The procedure is very useful for rolling scars, box scars, and brown marks.

Chemical Peel

  • This is a technique that uses a specially designed chemical formula that is applied to the area with deep acne. It is very effective in removing the superficial top layer of the skin.
  • These peels are based on a formula that has a high concentration of acid (50 to 70%). Because of that, only a trained professional should perform this procedure.
  • After the procedure, the patient needs to avoid the heavy sunlight and follow a strict cleansing regime.

Skin Needling

This procedure uses a tool that has a wheel with micro-needles on top of it. The micro-needles cause micro-wounds and trigger skin regeneration.

When it comes to deep acne, it needs to be combined with radiofrequency therapy. The side effects are rare, but when they happen, they are in the form of redness, some swelling, or minor bleeding. They usually go away in two to four days.


Whatever you choose as a treatment, make sure that you first talk to a dermatologist. The procedures above are just a fraction of what’s available nowadays.

What is common for the ones mentioned above is that they are proven to be very effective.

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