Can Laser Treatments Lighten Acne Scars? We Asked an Expert

Hallie Gould

"Laser treatments for acne scars" is one of the most-searched terms on the internet in regard to beauty—and it makes sense, as acne scars are common. Just as an aside, if you have acne scars, you don't need to feel pressure to treat them at all. Your face is your own, and it's unique and beautiful regardless of your past issues with breakouts. Some can be helped through topical skincare, like exfoliation and scar-fading spot treatments. But atrophic scarring, the indented scars that form below the upper layer of skin tissue as a result of severe acne, is harder to treat since it prevents the skin from being able to regenerate tissue correctly, leaving behind uneven texture. That's where lasers come in. While we've had laser facials for brightening, tightening, and boosting collagen, we weren't sure of the specifics when it came to lasers to treat acne scars. So we asked one of our most trusted sources, Marnie Nussbaum, MD, a top dermatologist in NYC.

She talked us through the details, which lasers work for various types of acne and skin, as well as any drawbacks and pricing options. Below, find her sage advice and everything you need to know if you're considering trying a laser treatment for your acne scars. Keep scrolling for her thoughts.

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