3 Ways to Get Rid of Acne Scars at Home

Troubled by acne scars? Acne scars not only affect your physical appearance, but can also lower your self-confidence and emotional well-being. If you have always wanted to get rid of your acne scars but find yourself put off by the price tag of clinical options like laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, you would be happy to know there are many home remedies and treatment options available, which can be just as effective as more expensive treatment options.

 This article presents 3 effective yet affordable treatment options you can carry out at the comfort of your home by your own schedule. All 3 options cost as low as under $100 for a 6-month treatment period. Countless people with acne scars are benefitting from these remedies on a daily basis at the convenience of their own homes, so read on to find out more!

1. Dermarolling

The Dermaroller (also known as derma roller, microneedle roller, and skin roller) is a small hand-held rolling instrument that has micro surgical needles that penetrate beneath the outer skin surface of your skin to stimulate elastin and collagen production without causing any damage.

Dermaroller can help reduce the appearance of acne scars and other kinds of non-keloidal scars. It stimulates new collagen in your skin and replaces the scar with brand new tissue, in a process known as ‘skin remodeling’. The process of skin remodelling may take months, but many users see visible results within 4-5 dermarolling sessions. This makes the dermaroller an attractive method of getting rid of your acne scars at the convenience and privacy of your home.

There are many brands of dermarollers available, the more popular ones include NEW SPA, ZGTS, MNS, Dr. Roller, & MTS. Each brand of roller has a slight difference in terms of needle strength, design and quality. Read this derma roller reviews article or this review article to find out how to choose a good derma roller. Regardless of brand, if the derma rollers are of good quality, they should yield similar results, as the underlying principle of microneedling remains the same.

For more information on dermarollers, and the principles and theory behind their application, read this article, which contains much more detailed information.  

2. Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid belongs to the class of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), which are naturally occurring acids that can be found in milk and fruit juice. It comes in different concentrations, anywhere from 2% to 70%. At lower concentrations, it is often mixed with facial washes or creams as a mild exfoliating agent. At higher concentrations of 10% or more, it is used as a chemical peel that can lighten acne scars.  

Glycolic acid peels remove the damaged upper layers of the skin, revealing the new skin tissues underneath which are smoother and younger looking in appearance. When used repeatedly, it can remove the appearance of acne scars and other blemishes like wrinkles and age marks.  

For scar removal, glycolic acids with concentrations of 15% or more are usually used. Lower concentrations (below 15%) of glycolic acid may improve general skin texture, but are unlikely to result in any significant reduction in the appearance of scars (except for very mild ones).

Glycolic acid peels can be administered in a medical office by a qualified practitioner. You can also self-administer it at home, using solutions purchased online or OTC. Do be aware however, that glycolic acid can result in redness and irritation of the skin. It is advisable to start off using solutions with lower concentrations of glycolic acid (10% or less) and gradually increase the concentration and frequency of use only after the skin adapts to the acidity and little or no irritation is experienced.

3. Tetrinoin   

Tretinoin (also known as all-trans retinoic acid or ATRA) is derived from vitamin A, and is typically applied to affected areas in a cream or gel form. It works as a powerful exfoliating agent, increasing dead cell turnover and stimulating new cell growth. This clears active acne by reducing the sebaceous gland size, opening closed pores and expelling plugged material in the follicle (including comedones like whiteheads and blackheads). Tetrinoin reduces the appearance of mild to moderate acne scars by increasing the turnover of scar tissue, and promoting new tissue growth.

Tertinoin may cause dryness, itchiness and increased sensitivity of the skin. Hence, it is advisable to start with light amounts of tretinoin application, and gradually increasing the frequency and amount of application as your skin adjusts to it. If any symptoms of irritation persist, you should consult a physician.

Tetrinoin is available OTC or through prescription. It is commonly sold under the following brand names: Aberela, Airol, Renova, Atralin, Retin-A, Avita, Refissa, Stieva-A

Next Steps

Now that you know why you should consider these low cost methods to get rid of your acne scars, decide which option is more suitable for you, and take action! Wishing you great skin!