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Get Rid of Acne Scars with Photofacial Treatments

By Pure Medical Spa

Acne can be a distressing skin condition that impacts individuals of all ages, often leading to the development of stubborn scars, affecting one’s self-confidence in all aspects of life. At PURE Medical Spa, we recognize the emotional toll that can take and we are pleased to help our clients get rid of acne scars with photofacial treatments.

In addition to photofacials, a highly effective treatment for acne scar is skin resurfacing with ProFractional Laser treatments. This is the most advanced and effective solution for addressing acne scars and other skin concerns.


Understanding Acne Scarring

The process of acne scarring may seem perplexing, but it is linked to the inflammatory nature of acne and the skin’s natural healing response. In mild cases, minimal scarring from acne fades over time. However, in more severe instances, the spread of blemish contents triggers the body’s repair mechanism, which causes the formation of collagen fibers and scar formation.

Acne scars can manifest in various forms, including raised scars, depressed scars and dark or red marks. These scars can be challenging to conceal and can significantly impact an individual’s self-esteem.


Types of Acne Scars

Most acne scars fall under the category of “atrophic” scars, characterized by hollow pits or indentations on the skin’s surface resulting from recurring moderate-to-severe acne. Atrophic scars include:

  • Ice Pick Scars – These are deep, narrow scars with well-defined edges, resembling small pits on the skin. They result from the destruction of collagen beneath the skin’s surface.
  • Boxcar Scars – Wider and more pronounced than ice pick scars, boxcar scars can be round or oval in shape and possess a flat base.
  • Rolling Scars – These scars present a wave-like appearance and are caused by damage to the subcutaneous tissue beneath the skin, varying in depth.

In addition to atrophic scars, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common consequence of acne. While not technically scars, it occurs when the skin produces excess melanin in response to inflammation, leaving dark spots or patches on the skin.


How Photofacials Help Acne Scars

A photofacial utilizes powerful light to address issues like redness, spider veins and brown spots. Administered directly to targeted areas by a trained technician, the procedure typically lasts around 30 minutes, offering convenience for busy schedules. Although some clients may experience slight discomfort, the built-in cooling feature helps manage it effectively.

The benefits of a photofacial include improvements in broken capillaries and reduced appearance of brown spots, making it an ideal option for those seeking rejuvenated skin. However, multiple sessions might be required for extensive or deep damage, with optimal results typically visible within a few weeks as the skin appears plumper and more youthful.


How ProFractional Laser Treatment Gets Rid of Scars

ProFractional Laser treatment uses a fractional laser technology that works by creating microscopic channels, or “fractions,” in the skin. These channels trigger the body’s natural healing response and stimulate collagen production. As the skin heals, it becomes smoother and more even in texture, significantly reducing the appearance of acne and its associated scars:

Fractional Laser Technology

ProFractional Laser treatment employs a fractional laser that emits precise and controlled beams of light. Unlike traditional lasers that treat the entire skin surface, fractional lasers create tiny, evenly spaced micro-injuries, or “fractions,” in the skin. These micro-injuries penetrate deep into the dermal layers while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected.

Stimulating Collagen Production

The micro-injuries created by the laser trigger the body’s natural healing response. As the skin heals, it generates new collagen and elastin fibers, which are essential components of healthy skin. Collagen provides support and structure to the skin, while elastin helps maintain its elasticity.

Acne Reduction

ProFractional Laser treatment can help ease active acne by targeting sebaceous glands, which produce excess oil and contribute to acne breakouts. The laser’s energy can reduce oil production and the presence of acne-causing bacteria, leading to fewer acne lesions and breakouts.

Acne Scar Improvement

For acne scars, the laser’s micro-injuries and subsequent collagen production have a smoothing and filling effect on the skin. This helps to reduce the depth and visibility of acne scars. Over time, as new collagen continues to form, the skin’s texture becomes more even, and scars become less noticeable.

Texture Refinement

ProFractional Laser treatment also works to refine the skin’s texture by addressing issues like roughness and unevenness. The controlled injury and collagen remodeling process lead to smoother, more youthful-looking skin.


Invasiveness and Recovery


Photofacials offer efficient treatment over a larger skin area compared to lasers, making them a cost-effective option. Additionally, photofacial treatments generally involve faster recovery times and lower complication risks due to their less concentrated light.

However, photofacials may not effectively treat severe acne scars because they primarily target surface-level concerns like redness, brown spots and broken capillaries. Severe acne scars often involve deeper layers of the skin, requiring more intensive treatments that address texture irregularities and stimulate collagen production for smoother skin.

ProFractional Laser

The ProFractional Laser treatment at PURE Medical Spa is indeed a powerful solution for addressing acne scars, but it’s important to note that it is a highly invasive procedure. While it delivers impressive results, it typically involves a recovery period of about a week.

After a ProFractional Laser session, it is vital to adhere to post-treatment instructions diligently. This typically involves things like keeping the treated area clean and avoiding direct sun exposure. It is important not to pick or scratch the treated area. It is also advisable to avoid strenuous activities and excessive sweating until the skin has fully healed, ensuring optimal recovery and results.

During the recovery period, patients may experience temporary redness and swelling lasting a few days, along with mild discomfort during and after the procedure. Itching and dryness may occur during the healing process, accompanied by potential flaking of the skin. Temporary changes in skin pigmentation may occur but it typically resolves over time.


Dramatic Reduction in Acne Scars

Despite the downtime, many individuals find the results to be well worth the temporary inconvenience, as ProFractional Laser treatment can significantly improve the appearance and texture of the skin, effectively reducing the visibility of acne scars.

Many patients notice an improvement in the texture and appearance of their skin after the initial healing period, which can take several weeks. The full benefits of the treatment may continue to develop for several months as collagen production increases and the skin continues to remodel. Acne scars become less prominent as this process unfolds.



Does IPL help with acne scars?

Photofacial (IPL) can improve mild to moderate acne scars by stimulating collagen production and reducing redness and pigmentation associated with scarring. For severe scars, other treatments like fractional laser therapy or microneedling may offer more effective results.

Is microneedling or IPL better for acne scars?

Microneedling is preferred for textural acne scars as it promotes collagen remodeling by creating micro-injuries in the skin. IPL (photofacial) is better for addressing redness and pigmentation, making a combination of both treatments a comprehensive approach for some individuals.

What is the strongest laser for acne scars?

Fractional lasers like CO2 and Erbium lasers are considered strong options for treating deep acne scars. They remove damaged skin layers and stimulate collagen production, but they may involve a longer recovery period and more potential side effects compared to less aggressive treatments like microneedling or IPL.


Why Choose PURE Medical Spa for Acne Treatments

Pure Medical Spa is a highly esteemed and reputable destination for those seeking professional medical spa services. Renowned for our commitment to excellence and client satisfaction, skin resurfacing stands out as one of our signature offerings for treating acne scars. Contact us today and start your cosmetic journey with PURE!