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How to Remove Pockmarks From Acne

by
author image Brenda Barron
Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.
How to Remove Pockmarks From Acne
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Just about every teenager deals with acne at some point, but having severe acne can lead to pockmarks that scar your skin for life. Since no one wants a constant reminder of teenage acne on their face, it's understandable why so many seek out pockmark removal treatments. While you might not be able to get rid of your scars completely, you can reduce their appearance and get on with putting your best face forward.

Step 1

Ask your dermatologist to perform a chemical peel. An acid is applied to your pockmarks and sits for a few minutes while it works at penetrating your skin. Then, it's rinsed off. You'll probably look red right after the treatment. For the following few days, your skin will be irritated and might peel. This is normal and to be expected. Just moisturize well to minimize these effects and you should notice a reduction in the jagged edges of your pockmarks after about six consecutive peels.

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Step 2

Undergo an abrasive treatment to remove your pockmarks. Dermabrasion is one option. This procedure is performed in your dermatologist's office under local or general anesthesia depending on the size of the area to be treated. A small rotating wire brush is run over your skin to sand off the top. When this skin heals, it'll be smoother and your pockmarks will be less noticeable. Laser therapy is another option, which involves shining a laser on your pockmarks to burn the outer layer of skin so as to stimulate new tissue growth. Several weeks of healing time are required for both types of abrasive treatments.

Step 3

Request that your dermatologist inject fillers into your pockmarks. Though this procedure does not actually remove your pockmarks, it does fill them in and make them considerably less noticeable. The injections are relatively inexpensive and made of substances like collagen and fat, which pose little threat to the body. The only downside is that you'll need to have them repeated every few months.

Step 4

Undergo a surgical procedure called a punch excision. Your doctor will cut out your pockmarks and stitch together the surrounding skin. If the scar was very large, a graft may be made from another part of your skin to fill in the gap. This is usually the last resort for removing pockmarks, but it's often the most effective because it completely removes the scar tissue.

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