5 Alternatives To Lasers For Fading Acne Scars

5 Alternatives To Lasers For Fading Acne Scars

Acne scars, often affecting one’s appearance, are a challenge to overcome. There are two main types of acne scars: (a) Atrophic scars, which are indentations on the skin due to the loss of tissues and (b) Hypertrophic scars, which are bumpy, raised tissues that form on the top layers of the skin.

The severity of the scars is dependent on the inflammation from pimples. If the pimples are small, shallow scars will form, which can be healed quickly. However, if the pimple pus that contains excess sebum and bacteria falls onto the skin, it will result in deeper scars. While the skin’s natural response is to form collagen as its repair mechanism, it may not be substantial enough given its recovery time.

Thanks to the advancement in skin solutions, laser treatment focuses on reducing the appearance of scars from old acne outbreaks. However, it may not be a suitable solution for everyone as there is a risk of permanent scarring or skin discolouration, especially for individuals with darker skin. 

Fortunately, there are other treatment options like facial treatments that achieve similar results. Here are 5 alternatives to lasers for fading acne scars:

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1.  Chemical peels

Known as a form of Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA), chemical peels are beneficial for acne-prone skin as they exfoliate the skin to unclog the pores. This prevents further breakouts while stimulating more collagen to form and heal the scars. In addition, it is able to lighten dark spots and smoothen the texture and tone of the complexion.

Do take note that chemical peels can be harsh on severely raised or depressed scars. Seek professional advice from MD Dermatics on the recommendations that specifically cater to your scars. 

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2) Micro-needling facial (MTS facial)

Using small, sterilised needles, this minimally invasive procedure pricks the skin to create small holes at the surface layer. This, in turn, produces more collagen and elastin to boost the healing process. The end result? A smoother and firmer complexion with reduced acne scars! 

Looking for a micro-needling facial in Singapore? At Indulgence Beauty, our aestheticians are professionally trained to mildly pierce the skin with precision to reduce the depth of depressed scars. 

3) Retinoid cream and Rejuran skin booster

With anti-inflammatory properties, retinoid cream has the ability to clear excess sebum and dead skin cells from clogged pores. It decreases the chances of infection during the healing phase, ensuring acne scars are minimised. 

Check out our Retinol Enhancer which contains the perfect formula of retinol (1%) and Vitamin A to fade acne scars for a clearer complexion.

Similarly, Rejuran skin booster treats acne scars with its key ingredient, Polynucleotides (PN), which uses DNA fragments to repair the damaged skin cells and increase the production of collagen.

4) Skincare products containing Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) 

Similar to BHAs, AHAs work as exfoliators to clear dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new healthy cells in their place. Particularly for acne-prone skin, they can reduce the size of enlarged pores and balance the dark spots caused by these scars. However, it is important to take note of AHA concentration that may cause irritation to the skin. 

To determine the right skincare products for your skin, be sure to seek MD Dermatics experts to advise accordingly.

5) Radiofrequency facial

Through the use of targeted radiofrequency waves to generate heat, the thermal energy produced penetrates deep into specific areas of scar tissues to boost collagen production. As a result, acne scars will become less noticeable. 

This facial is ideal for individuals with mild to moderate bumpy scarring and requires no downtime. 

Overall, these alternatives are great options to treat your acne scars. For the most viable choice that is suitable for all skin tones, we highly recommend regular micro-needling facial sessions for optimal results. Let our aestheticians take care of your skin and bid farewell to your acne scars. Book an appointment with us today!


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