**Acne Scars** Acne would be bad enough if it simply caused temporary pimples. People with acne vulgaris suffer from low self-esteem and depression. However, acne adds insult to injury because it often causes facial scarring. Acne scars are a permanent reminder of acne vulgaris that can lead to physical disfigurement and psychological impairment. Effective acne treatment is the best way to minimize and prevent acne scars. Once an acne scar has developed, topical and laser treatments are available to help. **Chemical peels** Chemical peels are substances applied to the skin that destroy a certain amount of skin. Chemical peels are grouped by the depth of skin they treat, namely superficial, medium, and deep chemical peels. Chemical peels destroy skin, but they also prompt formation of newer, healthier skin along with collagen and other skin rejuvenating proteins. Chemical peels can reduce the depth and appearance of acne scars. **Dermabrasion** Dermabrasion is a process of physically abrading or rubbing off damaged or unwanted skin. The skilled provider uses tools such as a high-speed brush or advanced sandpaper-like materials to remove acne-scarred skin. At one time, acne scar treatment was the most common reason for dermabrasion; however, with the safety and benefits provided by laser skin resurfacing, dermabrasion has become less popular. Nonetheless, in skilled hands, dermabrasion can be effective for treating acne scars. **Laser skin resurfacing** Laser skin resurfacing has become the premier treatment for acne scars. It has gained popularity because it is both safe and effective. Moreover, laser and intense pulsed light therapy can treat various forms of acne scarring, including erythema (redness), atrophic scars (pits and crevices), and hypertrophic scars (ridges and piled-up skin). Bella Sana uses the Cutera XEO system because it provides three light and laser energies. Cutera XEO is versatile enough to treat all forms of acne scars. Acne scars do not need to be a permanent reminder of acne. Contact the acne scar specialists at Bella Sana today for a consultation.
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