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Top Treatments To Treat Acne Scars

Acne scarring is a frequent concern for many of our patients at Elite Aesthetics. Acne scars can affect confidence through your skin’s texture and appearance!

Did you know that there are various types of acne scars?

What are Boxcar Scars?

Boxscars acne scars are wide depressions which have steep and defined edges. Unlike ice pick and boxcar scars, hypertrophic scars are not caused by a loss of tissue. Rather, they develop because of an overproduction of collagen. These scars often resemble chicken pox scars and mirror the print left on the skin from pushing a finger nail into it. Boxcar scars appear most often on the cheeks and temples. Like ice pick scars, these usually need treatment, and won’t go away completely on their own. These are the most common type of acne scar

Do boxcar scars go away?

Boxcar scars appear most often on the cheeks and temples. Like ice pick scars, these usually need treatment, and won’t go away completely on their own. These are the most common type of acne scar. … If your rolling scars are especially shallow, they may fade with time.

How do you treat box scars?

These scars are best treated by resurfacing the skin with treatments like a non-ablative, fractionated resurfacing or micro-needling, deep chemical peels, or microdermabrasion.

What are rolling scars?

Rolling scars are similar to boxcar scars, however  are a common type of scarring that can occur as a result of the acne healing process. They appear as indents in the skin across otherwise normal-looking skin and tend to measure a few millimetres wide. They are rounded with sloping edges and often have a rough texture, giving the skin a wavy, uneven appearance and aren’t always the same size as the original acne lesion that caused them, as the size depends on how the skin heals. Rolling scars are the result of damage caused underneath the skin, caused by bands of scar tissue that form under the skin.

Do rolling scars go away?

Most of the time, those reddish or brownish acne marks that are left behind after pimples clear up will fade with no need for treatment. Picking or squeezing acne can increase the risk for scarring, though.

Can rolling scars be removed?

It can take up to 24 months for rolling scars pigmentation to fade naturally.

What are Ice Pick Scars?

Ice pick scars are a type of acne scar. Due to their depth and narrow impressions which give the appearance of an empty pore on the skin. Ice pick scars are more severe than boxcar, or other types of acne scars. These scars are often more visible as they catch the light and difficult to cover up. There are many creams that claim to treat ice pick scare, however their severity also makes them difficult to treat at home.

What can I do to improve the appearance of my acne scars?

Treatment options depend upon the severity of your acne scars. We would recommend you call us to discuss your concerns and book in for a free skin analysis which can identify issues both superficially and deep within your skin.


The Hydrafacial treatment can speed up the recovery process and also prevent acne from occurring by nutrition the skin and removing impurities. This is by far our most popular treatment with fantastic results.

The Pigmentation Reduction treatments consists of a seven stage process which helps to detoxify the skin, remove dead skin cells, extract any debris, provide long lasting hydration and essential nutrient support that protects and rebuilds collagen levels. Collagen and vitamin D natural production stimulation by red and infrared LED lights are the final step. The treatment targets dark spots and sun damaged areas, leaving skin glowing with a more even complexion.

before and after acne scars

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Chemical Peels

Is chemical peel good for skin?

Initially, many people are afraid of what a chemical peel may involve. There is nothing to be afraid of. Chemical peels work by removing the dead cells on the surface of your skin to reveal your healthy skin below. Our most popular combination of treatment is a Chemical Peel with a Hydrafacial. Chemical peels are idea for treating hyper-pigmentation, acne scars and fine wrinkles.

Is a chemical peel painful?

You may feel a little tingling, tightness, or a change in temperature, the peels do not hurt. Do not exfoliate for 48 hours after your chemical peel. To avoid irritation or discomfort on your newly resurfaced skin, Guidance will be provided by your therapist.

Types of Chemical Skin Peels at Elite Aesthetics

Superficial Peels – Ideal peels for mild acne scars and hyper-pigmentation

The Hydrafacial includes a superficial peel and does not require downtime as they will likely only cause a little bit of dryness on the skin which is balanced out by the hydration step . You are unlikely to have any significant redness or skin peeling with a superficial peel.

Deep Peels – for deeper acne scars and uneven skin tone

Deeper peels will achieve quicker results however they do require a longer downtime and preparation prior to the peel. Medium peels will typically result in a flushed appearance and skin peeling typically begins around two to three days after the treatment. Your skin will continue to peel for around an additional week. The medium peels can give your skin a tingly sensation and may feel quite hot during the treatment, which is normal. At Elite Aesthetics we give you a cooling fan to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire treatment.


Microneedling (Dermaroller) is a skin rejuvenation technique. This can be combined with a vampire facial, which uses your own bodies regenerative cells to repair and replenish your skin and collagen. At Elite Aesthetics, we use a FNS Derma Pen, which is more a comfortable and quicker treatment for you.

The treatment will result in smoother, brighter, healthier and younger looking skin. Microneedling is great if you have hyperpigmentation, acne scars and even some burn scars. It is suitable for all skin types and there is often little to downtime.

Microneedling uses a pen with a number of micro-skin needles which pass across the skin causing small micro punctures. The results can been seen after the first day and you will notice your skin will look a little plumper and firmer. Most importantly acne scars will appear smaller and shallower. You skin will continue to rejuvenate underneath for a further 6 weeks. During this time you will notice a the skin has begun to tighten and skin tone and texture has gradually improved.

Our patients will require between 3 and 6 treatments and often combine them with either a Vampire Facial or a Hydrafacial.

If you have any other questions about treatments to treat acne scars please contact us on or 01322 381 205 to book a complimentary consultation.


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Dr. Shirin is a fully-trained and highly-experienced aesthetic physician, who works diligently to ensure a 5 star quality service, and brings an honest and ethical approach to every one of our clients. With over 20 years of experience in the medical field, including several years as a GP and a sub-speciality in anaesthetics, Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the harmony between medicine and aesthetics, and with her expertise, Elite Aesthetics is able to offer effective, doctor-led treatments to vastly improve the lives of our clients.

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We have extensive knowledge and experience in the medical and aesthetics industries, but we know that above all, the results matter! All of our treatments are vigorously tested in-house before we offer them to our clients to ensure they are safe, effective and will give you, our wonderful clients, the results you want. Your happiness, well-being and satisfaction are at the very core of everything we do here at Elite Aesthetics, and as a result we will never over-treat or carry out a procedure that Dr. Shirin, deems inappropriate or unsafe. Ethical treatment guides our practice, and we aim to become an industry leader in this respect. This means you can always feel confident that you are in safe hands when you choose Elite Aesthetics.

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Hi, Alex here,Just had my Lichen treatment today with Dr Shirin,The whole team at elite are very friendly, comforting and understanding, and did everything they could to give me a wonderful and welcoming experience. They are all so kind, friendly and knowledgeable, world experts at what they do. I am lucky to have them near London. They are also super responsive on the phone and email, so I know they care about thier patients, and I'm very well taken care of, (as with other clinics I have been to, its often difficult to get them to respond to questions), but this clinic is the most responsive I have ever seen!This is a beautiful and wonderful place and I highly recommend it, and I will be recommending it to all my friends as well. They definitely deserve the super high reviews they are getting, so I'm happy to add another one! A Big thank you from me and my family for all you have done for us during this journey!

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