Top In-Office Treatments for Acne & Acne Scars

While over-the-counter and prescription lotions and potions can do the job, treating active acne lesions and post-breakout scarring sometimes calls for professional attention. Fortunately, there are great treatments available that can help heal and improve the appearance of the affected skin. 

Here are our best in-office treatments for acne and acne scars:

1. IPL Photofacial - IPL uses narrow bands of light to kill bacteria and target the red discoloration of active acne. This treats active lesions, and also prevents new acne from erupting, which then leads to less scarring.

The procedure is good for Fitzpatrick skin types I through IV, but it is not suitable for darker skin tones, she notes. Three to five treatments are required for best results (which are long lasting), though some maintenance may be required.

2. TriBella (3-in-1) Treatment - With this facial rejuvenation treatment, you get a photofacial treatment, an anti-aging treatment to enhance collagen production, and a skin resurfacing treatment - all in one. The result is a high-intensity, non-invasive, effective form of skin renewal. TriBella tightens skin minimizing the appearance of acne scars. It also reduces pore size, builds collagen and reduces redness in the skin.

3. Glycolic Peel - Chemical peels promote skin turnover, enhance healing, and reduce the pigmentation and discoloration caused by acne. They can improve skin tone and texture to restore a healthy, even complexion. In addition to providing exfoliating benefits that can help prevent and treat acne, it also is able to get into the pores and break up sebum that likely would have led to the formation of acne in the future. 

4. Microdermabrasion (Diamond Glow Treatments) - Diamond Glow is next level resurfacing that gently, but deeply cleans and rejuvenates the skin. It is helpful to encourage skin turnover and decongest pores and small comedones - all of which speeds up the acne healing process while warding off future breakouts. It's great for all skin types, and with a series of treatments, you’ll see continued improvement with each treatment. For the best results, we recommend a series of 4-6 treatments (each scheduled 4-6 weeks apart).

Diamond Glow Benefits:

  • Exfoliation of dead, dry cells.
  • Evens out skin tone.
  • Brightens complexion.
  • Reduces dark spots.
  • Reduces wrinkles.
  • Unclogs pores.
  • Improves skin smoothness.
  • Lymphatic stimulation for clearer, brighter skin.
  • Collagen stimulation for firmer, plumper skin.
  • Increases circulation for healthy, glowing skin.

5. Facials - Acne Clarifying Facial Treatment
Detoxify, cleanse and address the problematic areas of your skin. Various masks, steam and facial massage are incorporated into this treatment. Advanced skin care products are used to reduce surface oils, remove dead skin cells, soothe and hydrate the skin. Extractions are performed manually to remove pore blockages. By extracting these impactions, the pores are cleared of excess oil and cellular debris, permitting you daily skin care regimen to penetrate, allowing deeper absorption. Blemishes are less likely to form and promotes improvements of acneic skin.

6. Dermal Fillers - A treatment option for depressed acne scars is injectable dermal filler. These are particularly effective in treating ice pick and boxcar scars. Numerous fillers have been shown to stimulate collagen production by fibroblasts, which will also improve the appearance and character of the damaged skin.

The Takeaway
When OTC and prescription topicals aren’t doing the trick, there are fantastic professional procedures that can help heal and prevent active acne and improve the appearance of scars. 

If you're not sure where to start, give us a call to set up a consulation with one of our Licensed Estheticians. They will be able to best guide you on where to start and what treatments will work for you and your skin care goals - call 716-631-1516.