Acne scarring: a review and current treatment modalities

J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Oct;59(4):659-76. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.05.029. Epub 2008 Jul 26.


Acne is a prevalent condition in society and often results in secondary damage in the form of scarring. Of course, prevention is the optimal method to avoid having to correct the physically or emotionally troublesome scars. However, even with the best efforts, scars will certainly arise. This article attempts to give a broad overview of multiple management options, whether medically, surgically, or procedurally based. The hope is that a general knowledge of the current available alternatives will be of value to the physician when confronted with the difficult task of developing a treatment plan for acne-scarred individuals, even in challenging cases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acne Vulgaris / complications*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cicatrix / etiology*
  • Cicatrix / prevention & control
  • Cicatrix / therapy*
  • Cryosurgery
  • Dermabrasion
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phototherapy
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures
  • Retinoids / administration & dosage
  • Silicone Elastomers / administration & dosage
  • Trichloroacetic Acid / administration & dosage


  • Retinoids
  • Silicone Elastomers
  • Trichloroacetic Acid