Acne Scar Treatment

Award winning dermatology service, with over 20 years of experience

Short waiting lists, on some occasions offering same week appointments

Safe environment, in Care Quality Commission approved facilities

Everything you need to know about treating your acne scars.

Access an unrivalled network of qualified consultant dermatologists and skin specialists in a professional and caring environment at a clinic near you. Our dermatology experts at Stratum Dermatology Clinics have a wealth of experience in the assessment and treatment of acne scarring for both children and adults.

We have acne clinics in multiple locations throughout the UK. Our acne dermatologists see hundreds of patients each month and we pride ourselves on our successful and comprehensive range of acne scar removal treatments, including both medical and surgical acne treatments ranging from microneedling to acne laser treatments. This allows you to choose the right acne treatment programme for you to clear your skin and regain your confidence. During your consultation, our dermatologists will advise on the most appropriate acne removal treatment option for you.


There are a wide range of acne scar removal treatments available depending on the severity and location of your acne scars. Your expert dermatology consultant will explain all of your treatment options and help you to decide the best acne removal programme for you – see before and after images below.

We have consultants and practitioners who are experts in the field of acne scar removal, providing you with dermatological diagnosis and treatment of the highest quality. We accept patients from all major insurers, or you can pay for your own treatment.


Microdermabrasion is a skin exfoliating treatment that can be used to treat acne and improve the appearance of the skin. It gets rid of acne by gently removing the outer layer of skin using tiny crystals, leaving the skin looking softer, brighter and stimulating new cell growth. It is great for treating acne. It is a safe and effective procedure that is suitable for both men and women of all skin types. Each treatment takes approximately 45 minutes and a course of 3-6 treatments is usually recommended.

Chemical peels work by gently removing the outer layer of the skin. This stimulates new skin growth which helps to reduce oil, unblock pores, reduce blackheads and minimise acne breakouts. There are different strengths or levels of chemical peel available. The superficial peel is the mildest form and is used to minimise acne breakouts by reducing blackheads, oiliness and unblocking pores.

Micro-needling through the use of the SkinPen treats acne scars by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, resulting in smoother skin after treatment. Tiny sterile probes puncture the skin to induce the production of collagen. The probes enter the skin vertically without tearing or scratching the tissue, this triggers a wound healing response and new cells to be formed. Visible signs of improvement will be seen 6-8 weeks after treatment and continue for up to a year. A course of 3-5 sessions at 6-8 week intervals is usually recommended.

Fractional laser resurfacing is great to treat acne scars. The treatment rejuvenates the skin by using a laser to deliver small micro-beams to the skin which creates tiny columns of treated tissue amongst the healthy tissue to promote healthy-looking skin.

In some rare cases, minor surgery in the form of subcision or excision of scars and cysts can be used as a treatment. This surgical treatment removes troublesome cysts if another treatment has not worked.

Subcision or “subcutaneous incisionless surgery” is used for the treatment of rolling scars or depressed atrophic scars. Rolling scars are caused by bands of scar tissue that form under the skin. Rolling scars create an indentation in the skin that looks like a wave, due to its wide size and shallow depth. Atrophic scars are flat, thin or depressed scars. This treatment works by disconnecting the fibrotic strands that tether the skin, releasing it and smoothing the surface. The injury is below the surface and induces connective fibre formation below the skin’s surface.

This is used to treat mild ice pick scars. Ice pick scars are small deep holes in the surface of the skin which look like the skin has puncture marks from a sharp object. The scar is surgically removed and the remaining wound sealed. After the wound heals, it leaves a smoother and more even area of skin.


Scars are part of the skin’s natural healing process after it has been damaged and in the case of acne, are caused by acne cysts, often worsened by patients picking at spots on the face. Most acne scars will improve over time, however for persistent scarring, we offer a range of treatments to reduce the appearance of scarring such as fractional laser resurfacing and medical skin needling.

Acne affects most people at some point during their lives and will usually go away on its own, usually during teenage years. If acne is still prevalent in adulthood, treatment may be needed to help to control acne or to help reduce acne scarring.

Treatment times vary depending on the case of acne scars on hand, as well as the treatment plan selected. Micro-needling, for example, can produce visible signs of improvement, within 6-8 weeks of treatment.

Our skin treatments for scars are long-lasting, and often permanent, although in some circumstances you may need repeated treatments in the future.


Book Acne Assessment

Contact us to arrange a no-obligation consultation with our experienced acne specialist who will examine and discuss your stage of acne scarring.

Appropriate Acne Scar Removal Treatment Identified

There are a wide range of acne treatment options available depending on the severity and location of your acne scars. Our experienced acne dermatologist will explain all of your treatment options and help you to decide the best programme for you.

Treatment Begins

Once an appropriate treatment has been agreed upon, the treatment programme begins, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier skin, free from acne scarring. Results will likely appear within the timeframe suggested by your acne specialist.


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Stratum Clinics are part of The Dermatology Partnership, a national network of state-of-the-art dermatology facilities. As trusted experts in dermatology, the ethos is simple, to offer care under the direct supervision of fully accredited specialists and to provide cutting edge dermatological treatment.

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the UK, and we know how much acne scars can damage self-confidence.  As an expert dermatology clinic, we pride ourselves on our successful and comprehensive range of skin and acne treatments, which are tailored to you as an individual and will allow you to gain your confidence back.

We work with leading experts in the field of dermatology to ensure you have the best experience and treatment. Stratum Dermatology Clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission, are part of the British Association of Dermatologists and are top rated by patients on Doctify, so you can be assured of safe and effective acne treatment with us. Both Stratum Dermatology Clinics and the consultants who work here are recognised by the main healthcare insurance providers.



Stratum Clinics Cheltenham
5 Ormond Terrace
GL50 1HR

0800 048 9230



Stratum Clinics Oxford
Cantay House
38-39 Park End Street
Oxford OX1 1JD

01865 320790


Stratum Clinics Wimbledon & Raynes Park
Raynes Park Health Centre
1 Lambton Road
SW20 0LW

0800 048 9230


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