What’s the Best Treatment for Acne Scars?

Acne can be one of the most frustrating skin conditions to deal with. Even years after you are no longer experiencing unpredictable breakouts, you may still find yourself dealing with embarrassing scarring as a legacy of your adolescent years. Luckily, you don’t have to live with acne scars anymore. At Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco, our board-certified dermatologists offer proven treatments for smoothing your skin and clearing your complexion once and for all.

1. Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lasers are a cutting-edge way to resolve multiple skin concerns simultaneously. They work by removing the dull, damaged top layers of skin, revealing a healthy glow. After a session with our Fraxel® fractional laser, you will notice fewer wrinkles and a more even skin tone and texture. When getting Fraxel® for acne scars or pigmentation issues, you may require a series of appointments to achieve your ideal results. We can customize a treatment regimen for you after learning more about your goals.


Most people return to work and other activities within a day or two of a Fraxel® treatment. The most common side effects are redness and peeling. Once the peeling phase finishes, your new skin will be softer and smoother.

2. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are also excellent for addressing acne scars and refreshing your appearance. We offer three medical-grade peel depths, ranging from mild to strong. You can choose your chemical peel based on your goals and lifestyle, including the amount of downtime your schedule allows. Light and moderate peels don’t require healing, while you’ll need to plan for time away from work and social activities while recovering from a deep peel.

3. Microdermabrasion

If your scarring is more superficial, you might be a good candidate for a series of microdermabrasion treatments. Removing the top layers of your skin with a specially designed tool exposes the new, healthy-looking skin beneath.


Microdermabrasion is a quick, comfortable cosmetic solution that requires no anesthesia or downtime. It’s ideal for busy people seeking a procedure that minimizes acne scarring and allows them to resume their usual activities immediately afterward.

4. Dermal Fillers

The same properties that make dermal fillers excellent for restoring volume to features like your lips and cheeks are also ideal for minimizing your acne scars. We use fillers consisting of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that adds moisture to healthy, youthful skin.


If you have pitted acne scars, you might be a good candidate for concealing them with fillers. However, be aware that fillers are not a permanent solution – once your body metabolizes them, the effects will wear off, and you’ll need to return for a touch-up treatment to maintain your appearance.

Say Goodbye to Acne Scarring

At Dermatology Medical Group of San Francisco, our doctors have thoroughly researched and trained on all the solutions we offer. We only offer treatments after confirming their safety and efficacy. Our practice has served patients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1903, and throughout our history, our philosophy of collaboration and collective wisdom has remained unchanged.


If you’re ready to learn more about the non-surgical cosmetic options we offer, reach out to schedule a consultation.