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In our beauty-focused society, acne and acne scarring can impact anyone’s self-perception and esteem. Resulting scars can also cause the individual to worry about how others perceive him or her. Because pimples, cysts, or blackheads can affect anyone at any age, and because there are various causes and types, a board-certified dermatologist’s diagnosis is important. Early treatment may reduce the possibility of scars.

The Mayo Clinic says that acne results from three major causes, including:

  • production of too much oil (sebum)
  • dead skin cells that irritate or prevent hair follicles from proper function
  • skin bacteria

Oily skin is most common during the teen years, but some individuals struggle with oiliness into the thirties, forties, and beyond.


Although pimples and blackheads can appear almost anywhere on the body, acne scarring occurs most commonly on a patient’s face, chest, neck, back, or shoulders.

Today’s advanced dermatology treatment options, such as those offered by Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta, help people with acne scarring to improve their appearance and enjoy life.

Treatment Options

Here are some of the options that Dr. Kathleen J. Smith may recommend:

Prescription Remedies

The right skin treatment options make a significant difference in treating scars. Over-the-counter remedies are available, but most don’t work nearly as well—or at all—when compared to prescription-strength remedies offered in cream or ointment form. For example, these medicines have been shown to improve the appearance of both flat and raised scars.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels may offer great results over time to patients with damaged skin. The strength of chemical peel recommended depends upon the patient’s skin type and severity of scars present. For example, Dr. Smith may recommend a light or heavy chemical peel treatment or series of treatments to remove damaged skin and scars.

When a series of chemical peels is recommended, the doctor recommends the frequency of treatments. For example, the patient may receive a peel every two months for severely damaged skin. According to “Acne Scars: Classification and Treatment,” the dermatologist must allow sufficient skin healing between treatments for best results, and this factor varies between individuals.

Laser Treatments

Laser treatments simultaneously target skin pigmentation and the surrounding skin. These treatments may be quite effective at lightening or completely removing damaged, scarred skin. Scar pigment is first broken up by the laser. (The body absorbs the minute skin debris that results from the treatment.) Newer, healthy skin is revealed!

Photodynamic Light Treatment

Photodynamic Acne Therapy is the quickest and most effective way to control resistant acne and clear the skin. PDT combines light and a special light-activated solution to target and destroy acne activity. PDT also diminishes older acne scars leaving your skin smoother. Learn more+


There’s no reason to suffer with oily skin at any age or scars that linger from earlier years. Decatur, GA and Metro Atlanta residents should call Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta to arrange a consultation today: 678-904-4932.

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