Dr Leah Clinics specialise in acne scar removal, our team of doctors and advanced aesthetic therapists are highly experienced in treating the different types of acne scarring and have the best acne scar treatment options at their disposal.

What causes acne scarring?

Acne scars are a frequent outcome for people who suffer from acne and affect 30% of those with moderate or severe acne. Any type of acne spot can lead to scarring, although scarring is more common when acne is moderate or severe. It is caused due to the bodies response to the inflammation caused by acne - new collagen is laid down to heal the injury creating scar tissue and Postinflammatory colour changes occur due to the inflammation associated with acne.

Types of acne scars can be classified as atrophic or hypertrophic or as pigment changes. The most common type of acne scars are:
  • Icepick acne scarring - scars are the most frequent and represent 70% of atrophic types of acne scars.
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation acne scarring - brown marks on the skin which occur after erythema, called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
  • Post inflammatory erythema acne scarring - pink or purple marks on the skin from previous breakouts


Before and after Dr Leah Dermapen plus Uber peel treatment


Before and after Dr Leah Dermapen plus Uber peel treatment
Before and after Dr Leah Dermapen plus Uber peel treatment


Before and after Dr Leah Dermapen plus Uber peel treatment

Acne Scar Treatment

Acne scar treatment focuses firstly on treating the acne to preventing scarring. The best acne skincare products available such the Obagi Clenziderm system is available at Dr Leah Clinics. This award winning Obagi acne products include compounds which reduce inflammation and subsequent scarring. Often these acne skincare products are on a subscription only basis – therefore it is important that a skin consultation is sought first with Dr Leah Clinic.

What Are My Treatment Options For The Best Acne Scar Treatment?

At Dr Leah Clinics we offer the best acne scar treatments and acne scar removal treatments in London and Essex.

Please note that acne scar treatments are not advised for clients within 6 months of being on a course of Roaccutane.

1. The Best Acne Scar Treatment For Red Marks On Skin From Previous Breakouts

  • Vascular Laser - This type of scar is common and called post inflammatory erythema, for which the recommended treatment is Vascular Laser. This is a highly regarded laser treatment for acne scars. 3 laser treatment for acne scars sessions are recommended, each 1 month apart. This laser treatment for acne scars is suitable for light skin types. Where red marks are severe this is the best acne scar treatment.
  • Blue Peel Radiance - Another excellent acne scar treatment for red marks and acne scar removal is the Blue Peel Radiance. 3 peels are recommended, each 1 month apart. This acne scar treatment is suitable for all skin types.
  • Best acne scar removal products for red marks (scarring) - Obagi Vitamin C 10% - Brightens skin and reduces the appearance of red marks.

2. The Best Acne Scar Treatment For Pigmented Acne Scars (Remove Brown Marks On Skin From Breakouts)

  • Blue Peel Radiance - Another effective acne scar treatment to resolve brown spots once they have developed is a chemical facial peel. Peeling allows deep exfoliation of the skin layers to support the regeneration of new cells. Dr Leah Clinics recommend Blue Peel Radiance which exfoliates the skin using salicylic acid. Suitable for all skin types. 3 peels recommended, 1 month apart.
  • Pigmentation laser - 3 sessions of this laser treatment for pigmented acne scars are recommended, 1 month apart. This treatment is suitable for light skins (1-3) only.
  • Skincare recommendation - Obagi SPF, Obagi Clear FX daily Pigment lightening creams can also be used to fade these dark marks on the skin, Obagi Vitamin C 10% used alongside Obagi Clear FX - each morning can also be helpful products to brighten the skin

3. The Best Acne Scar Treatment For Pitted Acne Scars

  • Dermapen - Dr Leah recommends 6 Dermapen sessions, 4 to 6 weeks apart for indents and pitting scars. Dermapen is the industry leading microneeding device, it is a skin repair treatment that can help to significantly improve the appearance of ageing or scarred skin. It uses tiny needles attached to a pen device to gently puncture the skin causing a series of traumatic punctures on the skin. The result of this is that the skin responds to this by naturally producing collagen and elastin to repair itself. The production of collagen and elastin work to smooth and firm the skin, plumping out deep lines and improving the indented or red appearance of scars and stretch marks.
  • Resurfacing Laser treatment (i-pixel) - is the latest generation of fractional skin resurfacing. This highly effective treatment can dramatically alter the appearance of your skin, helping to reduce the signs of ageing and significantly improving texture, tone, pore size and any marks or scarring you may have on your skin.*This state-of-the-art technology is superior to older resurfacing laser techniques which gave similar results but with longer downtime. If you are looking to improve the appearance of scars to achieve healthy, glowing, youthful skin, then this treatment is the perfect choice for you.*
  • Skincare recommendation for pitted scarring - For deep scarring products required are prescription strength and can only be obtained after consultation with one of our doctors, this can be done remotely via remote skin analysis
  • Other treatments - If you have moderate or severe pitted scarring / ice-pick scars we suggest having a doctor consultation as other treatments such as plasma IQ, subscision or dermal filler can be used to correct deep scars.

4. The Best Acne Scar Treatment For Pigmentation Plus Icepick Scars (Dark Marks Plus Indents)

  • Uber Peel plus microneedling - During this treatment a chemical face peel is applied immediately after a microneedling procedure, the ÜBER Pro peel contains mandelic, lactic, pyruvic, ferulic and kojic acids, the peel is fortified with potent retinaldehyde, copper peptides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Dermapen microneedling uses tiny needles attached to a pen device to gently puncture the skin, causing a series of traumatic punctures. ÜBER Pro peel is then applied to the skin to enhance the result of the Dermapen microneedling treatment. The combined effect of microneedling which products collagen and elastin plus the deep penetration of ingredients from the Uber Pro Peel, give an impressive skin result which will plump out pitted scarring and also improve dark marks/ pigmentation.
  • Skincare recommendation for dark marks plus pitted scarring - For deep scarring products required are prescription strength and can only be obtained after consultation with one of our doctors, this can be done remotely remote skin analysis

Why Choose Dr Leah Clinics To Treat This Concern?

  • Dr Leah Clinics is a doctor led clinic with the very latest medical grade treatments for acne scarring available.
  • We use a wind range of products and methods to offer the best acne scar treatment, such as the latest high-tech laser devices on the market.
  • Dr Leah Clinics are highly experienced in managing all types of acne scarring for all skin types. Unlike many clinics which do not differentiate between the various types of acne scarring, we understand that scarring can develop in many ways.
  • We treat each specific type of scarring individually and will devise a treatment plan for each one, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
  • We also offer a free in-clinic therapist consultation to ensure you get the best treatment for your concern.
To find out which of our acne scarring treatment is best for you please:

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Commonly Asked Questions

Which Clinic Offers Acne Scar Treatment?

We offer acne scar treatment London sessions at both of our London clinics. We also offer acne scar treatment at our Essex clinic in Loughton. We are well known for our acne scar treatment London treatments and are highly experienced in giving the best results from acne scar treatments.

What are the best products for acne scarring?

There are multiple skin products which can help with acne scarring and often scarring is best treated by a combination of in clinic treatments and skincare used at home, to find out which products for acne scarring are best for you please complete our online skin analysis.

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