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Fractional Lasers for Treating Acne Scars

New technologies are making it easier to treat acne scarring, according to a major review article in the October 2011 issue of The International Society of Dermatology.

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This is good news for the millions of Americans of all ages whose skin has become marked with holes, indentions, and discolorations caused by acne.

The review article points to fractionated laser resurfacing as “the most useful new technology” for reducing the appearance of acne scars. It recommends this particular laser procedure for all four grades of acne scarring, from Grade 1 (scars that consist solely of flat marks) to Grade 4 (scars that are either very deep or large, or that are hypertrophic—raised above the skin’s surface).

Other treatments recommended in the review include non-fractionated lasers, skin peels, and microdermabrasion.

“The treatment of post-acne scarring is becoming an easier task,” the article concludes, “with many newer treatments offering the twin hopes of efficacy and safety.”