Acne scarring can be one of the toughest skin concerns to get rid of. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, we offer a variety of the most effective ways to get rid of acne scarring for clear, smooth skin.

What is Acne Scarring?

Acne scarring is the result of acne, a minor infection of the skin. There are many different types of acne scarring but one common factor is that it can be very difficult to get rid of. Acne scarring can take many different forms, from raised bumps to small holes in the skin. It can also be pigmented or the same color as the surrounding skin.

Types of Acne Scarring

Atrophic Scars

Atrophic scars are scars that leave behind small depressions in the skin’s surface. One form of severe atrophic scarring is called ice pick scars which are very narrow and deep.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic acne scars are scars that are raised above the surface of the skin. They are sometimes pigmented and can be pinkish or brownish, making them more visible.

Keloid Scars

Keloid scars are a type of hypertrophic scar but are specifically caused by the overgrowth of collagen. They’re typically much larger than the wound itself and can form from very minor skin lesions like acne. Some people are predisposed to getting keloid scars.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne is an infection in the pores of the skin. When this infection occurs, the skin swells and causes damage to the walls of the pores. Once the infection subsides, the skin rapidly creates new collagen to heal the wound – sometimes, too much collagen is produced, and other times too little. The result is a raised or hollow bump in the skin, sometimes called acne scarring.

What Are My Treatment Options for Acne Scars?

It’s difficult to achieve relief from acne scars with over-the-counter products. Our cosmetic team can help you explore professional-grade treatments to break up scarring and achieve smoother skin. Some of the most effective options available include:

  • Microneedling
  • Retinol
  • RHA fillers
  • Restylane

In many cases, you might benefit from a package of treatments to fully address acne scarring. Our team will help you create a customized package for your skin goals.

Maintaining Healthy Skin with Acne Scars

You’ll be given detailed aftercare instructions for your acne scarring treatment package. It’s important to keep your skin moisturized and protected from sun damage afterward. For best results, you’ll likely need multiple treatment sessions and should stick to your schedule to fully treat your skin. Our team will ensure you understand when to return for your next appointment. Finally, our team will help you develop an at-home skincare regimen to prevent further breakouts and scarring so you can enjoy your smooth skin for the long term.


Dr. Austin Cope is a Utah native as well as a highly educated and well-trained cosmetic dermatologist. At Cope Cosmetic Dermatology, our team is here to help you look and feel your best.


Dr. Cope can help you achieve a new level of confidence with aesthetic experience and a laid-back approach. To learn more, contact us through our online form or give us a call.

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