Acne scar treatment

Acne scar treatment

Treatments to reduce or completely remove acne scarring

At Skin Perfection, we can offer you a range of treatments that are effective for acne scarring.

We will create an individual treatment plan for you, based on the type of scarring you have as well as your skin tone.

The treatment plan will also take into account how much downtime you can cope with (which may be important if you prefer people not to know you are having treatments).

Choosing the best treatments and products

Today’s cosmetic treatments can now reduce – or in many cases, completely remove – acne scars and there are several options for treatment.

During your consultation, your skin expert will discuss your options and expectations, to make sure we choose the cosmetic procedure and products that will work best for you and your skin – and will allow you to continue with your work, social or other commitments.

See below for more information about the wide range of treatments and skincare products available from Skin Perfection to help restore your confidence in yourself and your appearance.

Your questions answered

About acne scarring

Acne scarring can be an unsightly reminder of having to deal with that condition.  Acne scars develop in areas where former cystic lesions have been present. Even without picking, acne lesions (particularly cysts) can lead to scarring because of the intense, collagen-damaging skin inflammation with which they are associated.

Acne scars come in three varieties:

  • atrophic, which are mostly shallow
  • boxcar-shaped
  • ice pick-shaped, which are narrow and deeper.

People with deeper skin tones may also notice darkening (or hyperpigmentation) within the scars, while people with lighter skin tones may show redness (or erythema) within the scars.  It’s hard not to feel self-conscious if you’ve been left with visible scars – but that can change with a little help!

What makes acne worse?

The Sun  Exposing scars to the sun can cause them to darken and slow the healing process. Ultraviolet rays stimulate melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) leading to further discolouration.

Before heading outdoors, we recommend that you use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, with the physical blocker zinc oxide, and reapply every two hours.

Did you know the difference between a physical sun block and a chemical sun cream? Physical sun block instantly protects your skin, without the need for waiting before it starts to work, and doesn't contain unhealthy chemicals or additives that may block the skin or increase skin sensitivity.

That's why at Skin Perfection, we sell physical blocks and sunscreens and not the 'over the counter' or department store type of chemical sunscreens that can make your acne and redness even worse.

Picking and Squeezing  Scars, which are made mainly of collagen (a protein fibre normally found in the skin's second layer), are the body's way of repairing itself. Acne scars are typically indented because of collagen-loss from intense inflammation.

Picking leads to further inflammation and injury of the skin, which adds to the skin’s discolouration and scarring. Squeezing or trying to pop a pimple causes pus and bacteria to filter deeper into the skin, resulting in more collagen damage and spread of bacteria causing more spots, then more scars.

Vitamin E  You may have heard that applying topical vitamin E to a scar will help it heal faster. But according to a study from researchers at the University of Miami, applying the nutrient directly onto a scar can actually hinder its healing. In the study, vitamin E had no effect (or made matters worse) for 90% of the patients, and 33% who used topical vitamin E developed a contact dermatitis.

Vitamin A, or derivatives of vitamin A, actually help better. Also Vitamin C, which calms any inflammation, protects your skin from free radical damage and helps to lighten any discolouration to the skin.

How do the treatments work?

Today’s cosmetic treatments can now reduce – or in many cases, completely remove – acne scars and there are several options for treatment.

Benzyl peroxide For mild acne, you may try, or your doctor may recommend, treatment with a non-prescription medication that contains benzyl peroxide. However, it is normally only effective when used in combination with other treatments listed here.

Laser photo-facial rejuvenation Boosts new skin growth, reduces scars and kills off bacteria. It’s also proven to be effective at reducing redness and acne when combined with light facial peeling.

Laser resurfacing is most effective for lighter skin tones, and best for indented or ice pick scarring. The laser emits intense heat through the skin to stimulate new collagen and elastin, which also breaks down the scarring and improves the skin's texture. See micro-needling, below, as an alternative for darker skin tones.

LED light therapy Proven to be effective at reducing acne and scarring: we use the blue light to address the bacteria, the yellow light to stimulate new collagen production and the red light to help soothe and calm the inflammation.

Medical-grade home skincare products  Prescribed by your skin specialist for use on a daily basis, morning and night, to help manage and maintain your breakouts and maintain healthy skin

Medical grade mineral make-up A better option than spending money on great treatments and products - then applying the incorrect make up, which may be the cause of you getting repeatedly blocked or  irritated skin, causing new breakouts and scarring.

Medical microdermabrasion is great for any superficial scars or marks left from acne. It can be easily combined with our skin peels to boost the results.

Micro-needling using Dermastamp or Dermaroller is an alternative to laser resurfacing, especially for patients with darker skin tones and those who do not want the downtime due to swelling (which can happen after laser resurfacing). It's the latest celebrity ‘secret weapon’ to treat acne scars and leave your skin bright, clear and bursting with youthful radiance.

Micro-needling can be used alongside skin peels (if your skin is suitable for peels) to further improve the texture of your skin. The Dermaroller stimulates the natural healing process, using your own collagen to regenerate and repair your skin naturally, while skin peels use active ingredients to dissolve and remove unwanted lesions on the skin.

Skin peels These help to reduce or remove dark marks, indented scars and uneven skin left after the acne has cleared. But, if you are still experiencing the breakouts, we can provide a peel that will deal with the acne and the scarring at the same time.

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Treatment prices

Laser photo-facial rejuvenation
AreaSingle treatment
(pay as you go)
Course of 4 treatments (recommended for new patients)
Buy 3, get 1 free
Top-up of 2 treatments (if you have completed the recommended course of 4 treatments)
Full face£215£645£320
Half face£164£492£250
Chest / décolleté£215£645£320
Lower arms£215£645£320
Single lesions£109£327£165
Full face, neck and chest£358£1074£530
NotesOne session every 2 to 4 weeks. Suitable for skin types 1 to very light 4, to treat redness (flushing / blushing) and rosacea, acne, sun-damage, freckles and mottled skin, broken veins.
Can be combined with skin peels to boost the results. If combining, the laser treatment is carried out first, then the peel: interval period of 4 weeks between treatments.

Skin resurfacing for acne scars
AreaSingle treatment Course of 4 treatments (recommended) Course of 2 treatments (as a top-up only)
Cheeks or small isolated scars (10cm x 10cm area)£215£645£322.50
Half face or medium to large area (two 10cm x 10cm areas)£325£975£487.50
Full face or darker skin tones: not recommended due to risk of swelling. Try smaller areas in stages, or micro-needling.

LED light therapy
LightSingle treatment Course of 3 treatments: buy 2 get 1 freeCourse of 6 treatments: buy 4 get 2 free
(anti-ageing, collagen stimulation)
(reduces breakouts, clears bacteria under the skin)

Medical micro-dermabrasion
AreaSingle treatmentCourse of 6 treatments Top-up of 3 treatments
Full face£87£435£217.50
NotesDeep exfoliation treatment using (medical grade) DermaGenesis microderm machine. One treatment every 7 to 14 days.

DermaFrac micro-needling
4 treatments in 1 for instant plumping and rejuvenating of the skin: microdermabrasion; micro needling: peptide infusion: LED light therapy.
Area / type of treatmentSingle treatmentCourse of 6 treatments (recommended)
Buy 4, get 2 free
Maintenance of 3 treatments for the price of 2 (after the recommended course of 6 treatments)
Full face (lightening, hydrating, anti-ageing peptides)£192Full face £770£385
Stem cell peptide infusion £192Full face £770£385
Vitamin C infusion£192Full face £770£385
NotesSuitable for all skin types but not active acne.One treatment every 2 to 4 weeks.

Dermapure roller micro-needling
Area Single treatment Course of 3 treatments (recommended)
Buy 2 get 1 free
Full face£325£650
Full face and neck£435
Full face, neck and chest£759£1518
NotesSuitable for all skin types. Anaesthetic cream is applied to the skin before the procedure; mask and product infusion after treatment. One treatment to be carried out every 4 weeks.

Dermastamp micro-needling
AreaSingle treatment Course of 6 treatments (recommended) Top-up of 3 treatments (if you have completed the recommended course of 6 treatments)
Large area£275£825£625
Small area£109£545£272.50
NotesSuitable for deeper, localised treatment of scarring or stretch marks.Most effective when used with (as follow-up to) Dermaroller.One treatment every 4 to 6 weeks.

Dermaquest skin peels
Skin peelSingle treatmentCourse of 3 treatments Course of 6 treatments
Primary Pumpkin£105£262.50£525
Power Pumpkin£105£262.50£525
Glycolic 30% or 40%£105£262.50£525
Lactic Acid Resurfacer£105£262.50£525
Mango Brite Resurfacer£105£262.50£525
Salicylic Peel£138£345£690
Modified Jessners Peel£138£345£690
TCA and SA Peel£165£412.50£825
Skin Brite Peel£138£345£690
Power PEPTIDE Res£138£345£690
NotesSuitable for more targeted skin concerns, and only available after a skin test patch and consent 24 hours before treatment. Preparation is essential (the preparation kit you need will depend on your skin type). The downtime for advanced peels is between 7 and 10 days following treatment. Resurfacers need slightly less downtime.You may also need a post-treatment kit.

Epionce skin peels
TypeDescriptionSingle treatmentCourse of 6 treatments (recommended)
Epionce Lite RefreshEntry-level skin peel, and for very red and inflamed skin, acne and rosacea. Also suitable for general skin health, with minimal or no other concerns.£95£475
Epionce CorrectivesNext-level, medium-strength skin peel, for mild to moderate acne, sun damage or skin ageing.£105£315
NotesIf starting with Epionce Correctives, your skin will need preparation for between 2 and 4 weeks using Epionce Renewal cream or lotion depending on your skin type.

Payment plans – Skin packages

Acne management treatment plan 1

What the plan includesPrice
Essential Starter Kit£89.00 (given as a free gift)
3 skin health assessments £150 (given as a free gift)
6 medical skin resurfacers£513
3 TCA / SA skin peels £405
3 Retinol hydrating facials £257 (given as a free gift)
Home skin care maintenance products (see opposite for details)£281
Total package value £1695
Your free gifts£496
You pay only£1199*
* Includes deposit of £380, to be paid with the first monthly instalment of £81.90 (making the initial payment £461.90, followed by 9 monthly instalments of £81.90).

Acne management treatment plan 2

What the plan includesPrice
Essential Starter Kit£89.00 (given as a free gift)
3 skin health assessments £150 (given as a free gift)
6 medical skin resurfacers£513
3 TCA / SA skin peels £405
3 Retinol hydrating facials £257 (given as a free gift)
Home skin care maintenance products (see opposite for details)£281
Total package value £1695
Your free gifts£496
You pay only£1199*
* Includes deposit of £380, to be paid with the first monthly instalment of £81.90 (making the initial payment £461.90, followed by 9 monthly instalments of £81.90).


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