If having acne isn't bad enough, many people are left with the scars that acne leaves behind. In fact, acne scars can often be more problematic than the acne itself because of the time it takes for them to completely go away. Some superficial scars can be treated at home while deeper acne scars may require laser surfacing or surgical excision. This article will take a look at the many different options available.

One popular method for getting rid of acne scars is laser skin resufacing. This form of acne laser treatment is usually most effective for small diameter, superficial scars. While ablative laser therapy can be used for deeper scars, a secondary treatment using a non-ablative laser is usually necessary to remove the superficial scarring that occurs as a result of the first treatment. Sometimes laser resurfacing is used in combination with other treatments used to minimize acne scars. It usually takes more than one session with a laser. Costs for treatment usually varies depending on the invidual case, location, and type of treatment needed. You should expect to pay at least $3000 to $8000 or more.

Other treatment options for acne scars involve the use of surgical intervention and excision. Types of scars that can be surgically removed are atrophic scars. These include ice-pick scars, boxcar scars, and small, depressed fibrotic scars. Excising scars involves the process of cutting each scar down to the layer of subcutaneous fat that lies beneath. The hole that remains is either sutured closed or replaced with a small skin graft. There is also one method in which the scar is punched out but is elevated up and allowed to float up and heal along with the surrounding skin. Surgical excision typically costs less than laser therapy but can run up to $2500 per session. Of course, the price varies depending on the number of grafts or punches that are needed.

Other surgical methods include subcision which is used to restructure and remodel scar tissue by breaking down the fibrous bands that create tension between the epidermis and deeper skin layers. Subscision also encourages the formation of new collagen. Soft tissue augmentation can also be used to improve the appearance of scars but has a very limited use. They can only help with shallow and soft scars, not deep or depressed scars.

If you would like to get rid of acne scars naturally at home, the best thing you can do is drink lots of water. Water has amazing healing properties, including the ability to clean and rejuvenate your skin from the inside-out. Other home remedies for treating acne scars include the use of rosehip oil, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, lavender oil, tomatoes, and ice cubes--just to name a few. However, I don't know of any scientific studies that proves the effectiveness of one home remedy over the other.