Acne Scars Don't Have to be Permanent: 4 Treatments That Work

At least 60 million people in the United States have acne, and of those people, 20% experience scarring. Fortunately, our team at Essence Skin Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, offers several solutions that can eliminate your acne scars for good.


Microdermabrasion is one of our top requested treatments at Essence Skin Clinic. During this procedure, we deeply exfoliate your skin by gliding a gritty, diamond-tipped applicator over your face. This technique gently sands away dead skin cells, debris, and impurities to restore your skin’s health.

After cleansing and exfoliating your skin with the microdermabrasion tool, we apply toner and moisturizer suited to your skin. We also make recommendations on your skin care regimen to maintain your healthy complexion for as long as possible.

Microdermabrasion offers immediate results and has no downtime, so you can resume regular activity and even apply makeup immediately after your appointment.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are another quick and easy way to eliminate minor acne scars. This treatment involves using medical grade chemicals to restore your skin’s youthful appearance by removing your outer layer of old, damaged skin. New skin that appears in the area is usually less scarred and smoother in appearance.

There are different types of chemical peels based on the level of skin penetration desired. Depending on the chemical peel you have, you might experience redness or swelling for a few days or up to a week or two.

Laser skin resurfacing

For more significant acne scarring, we might recommend laser skin resurfacing. During this therapy, we use an ablative laser instrument that delivers short, concentrated pulsating beams of light on your skin. This wand-like instrument removes old skin cells on the surface, while heating lower layers of your skin to trigger collagen production. As collagen returns to your skin, it creates a smoother, more even appearance.

It usually takes between 10-21 days to fully heal from laser skin resurfacing. We also provide instructions on caring for the treatment site and your new skin once you recover.

Juvéderm injections

If you have deep acne scars, we might recommend dermal fillers like Juvéderm, which smooths out facial imperfections with hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in your body and promotes collagen production.

To correct your acne scars, we inject a small amount of Juvéderm at the site to add volume to your skin and its underlying structures. This procedure is quick and offers immediate results. Unlike skin resurfacing techniques that provide long-term solutions for acne scars, Juvéderm treatments last up to 12 months. This approach, however, offers natural-looking solutions for even the most challenging acne scars, including those described as “deep-pitted” scars, like icepick, rolling, and boxcar scars.

To find the perfect solution for your acne scars, call us at Essence Skin Clinic, or schedule an appointment online today.

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