Don’t we all wish that acne doesn’t exist? Then, scarring will also not exist and our lives will be so much happier. Unfortunately, one can only dream about it, because acne outbreak is a common issue and it affects everyone. 

This article will discuss when is the best time to treat acne scars.


Acne in general

Acne is a common skin condition that happens when pores/ hair follicles under the skin become blocked with oil, dead skin and bacteria.


There are two kinds of Acne – Non-inflammatory and Inflammatory acne.

Whiteheads and blackheads are types of non-inflammatory acne lesions. They are a less severe form of acne. Non-inflammatory blemishes usually do not cause much swelling, inflammation, redness and are generally not very painful.


Inflammatory acne on the other hand is more severe than non-inflammatory acne, and this type is more likely to cause complications, such as scarring or pitting.

Inflammatory acne on the other hand can cause the following lesions:

  • papules
  • pustules
  • nodules
  • cysts


Blemishes or lesions that are inflamed, red and swollen are the result of inflammatory acne.


How do Acne Scars form?

Scarring is often caused by these 3 factors:

1) Picking on the acne lesions

Most of us love to pick and squeeze acne lesions in our bid to “clear” them but this is a misconception as this will further damage the skin tissue and cause more inflammation resulting in depressed scars to form. 


2)  Lack of proper treatment on acne

It is important to ensure proper acne treatment is administered to avoid worsening of the breakout.  Always seek help EARLY from a medical professional as in some cases, prescription medication may be required to control the breakout.


3) Severe inflammatory acne

Inflamed acne lesions can worsen, resulting in further tissue damage and eventually cause scarring, so it’s best to start treating it as soon as possible.

It’s never too early to treat Acne Scars. Once you notice your acne is not resolving and is instead worsening, schedule the earliest appointment with your doctor or dermatologist so they can assess your skin condition and customise a treatment plan.


Treating and controlling acne outbreak early reduces the chances of scar formation, and will save you the hassle of battling with Acne Scars in the future. 

However, for those who already have scars, the answer is also to schedule an appointment as early as possible. The ability for the skin to renew and regenerate is a lot quicker and more effective when a person is in their 20s, as compared to a person in their 40s.

The best time to treat depressed acne scars is when they are “fresh”.  Treating acne scars as early as possible often result in better outcomes and results.


Treatment will depend on the type of scars you have as different scars respond differently to different treatment modalities. It is best to consult with your doctor so as to determine the type of scars you have and the treatment(s) that you require.


Can I prevent acne scars?


Weekly Exfoliation and Thorough Daily Face Cleansing

Imagine the amount of dirt, oil and bacteria that are trapped in our pores after a long day. It is important to cleanse correctly and thoroughly daily so as to prevent the formation of acne. Cleansers with Salicylic Acid also helps to prevent clogged pores and formation of Acne.


Exfoliating up to twice a week is recommended especially so if your skin gets clogged easily.  Do note that excessive exfoliation can cause skin dryness, redness and irritation.  Therefore, only do so in moderation.


Apply Sunblock

Applying sunblock is important as the harmful UV Rays can increase the risk of the formation of hyperpigmentation/ pigmented scars from existing acne lesions.



The best time to treat acne scars is as soon as possible, but it will also depend on your skin condition. The best advice will be to seek professional help as medical professionals will be able to guide you through the treatment process with a detailed explanation as to what to expect.

At M-Aesthetic Clinic, we understand the concerns and worries you face with Acne Breakouts, Acne Scarring and how it affects your confidence and how others perceive you.

We have the full range of laser treatment for acne scars and Acne Scar Removal Treatments that is personalised and customised to your skin type, specifically designed to remove all kinds of Acne Scars

Contact us now if you are struggling with Acne Scars.

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