The causes of acne scars

Acne scars generally result from inflamed blemishes that are caused by engorged skin pores. Skin pores can swell up from excessive oil, bacteria and dead skin cells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Minor breaks in the follicle wall do not take as long to heal, but a major one can cause infected material to spill out into surrounding tissue to create deeper lesions.

Your skin actually has its own self-repair technique for lesions. New collagen fibers are formed and attempt to repair them. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, making it harder for acne scars to fade. And even when our skin repairs itself, it does not look as pristine as that original dermal layer.

The types of acne scars

Scars resulting from acne are identified as either hypertrophic/keloid or atrophic/depressed. Hypertrophic/keloid scarring develops when the body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal. They look like a mass of raised tissue on the surface of the skin.

Atrophic/depressed scars are caused by a loss of tissue. Often referred to as “icepick” scars, they appear as small, visible holes in the skin. “Boxcar” scars are depressions that are commonly round in shape. They can look similar to the scars you can get from chickenpox.

Treatments in NW Calgary

At Fresh Laser Skin Studio in NW Calgary, we provide the following treatments for acne scars:


A non-ablative, fractional, dual wavelength laser to help improve the appearance of scars.*
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Chemical Peels

Increasing exfoliation of the epidermis, promotes new cell growth which can lead to improvement of superficial scarring.*
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A dual action treatment used on superficial scarring. It exfoliates the skin and removes Vellus hair (peach fuzz).
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Increases elasticity and collagen production and helps to improve superficial scarring while leaving your skin smooth and fresh.*
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The most effective and safe deep dermal skin remodeling treatment to rejuvenate the natural production of new collagen and elastin.* Decreases overactive sebaceous glands and improves scarring.*
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Laser Genesis

A non-invasive laser skin rejuvenation treatment that is comfortable and safe for all skin types. Results are cumulative and help with superficial scarring.
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Laser Photo Facial

A non-invasive laser treatment to improve your skin tone and superficial scarring.
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Low Level Laser Therapy

Stimulates skin rejuvenation and enhances treatment results by increasing cell repair and decreasing erythema and inflammation.*
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A combination laser treatment that brightens, firms and refreshes your skin.*
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Pico Focus Facial

Uses non-ablative fractionated pico second technology to improve your skin tone and texture, producing amazing results without the downtime.*
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The ultimate combination treatment to brighten, firm and refresh your skin, without the downtime!*
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Improves scarring by tightening and resurfacing your skin with laser technology.*
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Venus Viva ReVive

The latest advanced NanoFractional Radio Frequency Technology that safely resurfaces your skin while promoting collagen and elastin production to improve skin laxity, texture and scarring.*
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We also provide medical grade skin care products to our patients.

Book a free consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio

If you suffer from acne scars, book a free consultation at Fresh Laser Skin Studio in NW Calgary. During your consultation, we will assess your skin and create a custom treatment plan for you. To get started, schedule online or give us a call at (403) 264-4494.

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* Individual results may vary; not a guarantee.


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(403) 264-4494