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How to treat acne scarring

About 20 per cent of people with active acne will go on to have scarring. Acne scarring treatment, however, is a neglected area in skincare because it’s not offered on the NHS. This means it’s not widely talked about and the education about it isn’t great. People genuinely believe there is no treatment for their acne scars, which isn’t true.

One of the biggest mistakes I see as a dermatologist is people wasting time and money trying to get their scarring treated while they have active breakouts. It’s crucial that the acne is stable first, so to begin with I recommend you book a consultation with a dermatologist. A good, trusted dermatologist will put you on a prescription retinoid or an oral agent to make sure breakouts are under control. You have to treat the skin before you can treat the scarring.