Get Rid of those Scars!

Whether you’ve had acne, a car accident or been one of the 90% of toddlers that has hit their head on the coffee table trying to walk, almost every one of use has a scar on our face. Here’s some ways to help get rid of, lessen and help even out the color of those scars we see in the mirror every day.

First, determine the type of scar you have.

Icepick scars are the most common marks left behind by acne. They’re characterized by deep pits that are relatively narrow on the surface.
Boxcar scars occur primarily on the temples or cheeks, and feature deep, angular edges that resemble chicken pox scars.
Rolling scars give skin a wave-like appearance and have tapering edges, that start shallow and go deeper.
Keloid (or hypertrophic) scars are thick and raised from the skin, caused by excess collagen sent to repair the original scar.

Anything that’s not a keloid or raised scar is called an atrophic scar. Look for these types of ingredients in a topical treatment.


Retinoic acid, or vitamin A. In some countries, such as the U.S., you might need to get a prescription for Retin-A because it can cause birth defects if you happen to get pregnant.
Glycolic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid (or AHA). You might be able to find gentle AHA peels sold over-the-counter. Be sure to avoid sunlight if you use this method. Glycolic acid is safe for pregnancy.
Vitamin C, or absorbic acid. Several over-the-counter products contain absorbic acid as an active ingredient. Vitamin C is also safe for pregnancy.

Try microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion will buff down the skin surrounding the scar, evening out the surface and making the pits and shadows less apparent. Microdermabrasion used to be a painful process administered by a metal sander, but now most offices exfoliate the skin with tiny crystals or a diamond tip, which is relatively painless and almost bloodless.

Try chemical peels

chemical peel will remove the top layer (or a few more) of your skin, so that new skin can regenerate without pigmentation or scars. Chemical peels should always be administered by a doctor, though they shouldn’t feel too painful — the sensation should be a light tingling or burning.

Consider Laser resurfacing for atrophic acne scars. Like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing buffs down the skin around the scars, reducing the appearance of pitting and shadows.
Pulsed dye laser treatments for keloid scars, which can induce apoptosis (or individual cell death) and bring the scars down.



As a last resort punch excision, which removes the small area of skin containing a single scar. For small scars, you’ll probably get a very careful line of stitches over the punch excision site; for larger areas, though, you might need a skin graft from another part of your body.


See what my friend and client, Lauren Scruggs is doing about the scars from her accident over one year ago.

Merry Christmas! Xoxo

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