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Guide to Gentle Acne Scar Treatments


Icepick scarring from severe acne

Welcome to Pretty Please Skin Care & Facial Spa in the heart of New York City, where we specialize in addressing various skin concerns with a warm and welcoming approach. When you step into our spa, we want you to feel like you're entering a space of self-care and rejuvenation.


We believe in setting clear expectations for our clients because we understand that achieving beautiful, healthy skin is a journey that requires commitment. Our team of skilled Skin Therapists is here to guide you through a personalized home regimen and monthly facials to ensure long-lasting results.


We usually see significant improvements in most skin conditions within 3 to 6 months of enjoying our soothing facials and sticking to your personalized home routine. Afterward, we suggest treating yourself to maintenance facials every 6-8 weeks, or at least seasonally (every 3 months), all while keeping up with your easy-to-follow home routine.


In the world of skincare, we often encounter challenges like acne, and we know firsthand that the journey doesn't end when the breakouts subside. Acne tends to leave a lasting impression in the form of scars, and we're here to help you navigate that process with care.


What exactly are acne scars? These are permanent changes in the skin's texture and appearance that result from severe acne. We know it can be frustrating, but don't worry – we've got your back!


Let's break down the common types of acne scarring:

  1. Dark Acne Spots: These are like little reminders in brown or black hues, known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  2. Ice Pick Scars: These are deep, narrow scars resembling small, V-shaped pits.

  3. Boxcar Scars: Depressed areas with sharply defined edges, reminiscent of chickenpox scars.

  4. Rolling Scars: Broad depressions with a wave-like pattern, giving your skin a rolling or undulating appearance.

  5. Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars: Raised, thickened scars that form due to excess collagen during the healing process.


Now, the exciting part – how to treat these scars!

We believe in making your skincare journey enjoyable and effective.


  1. Topical Treatments: Think of these as little superheroes in a bottle. Creams and gels with ingredients like retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, or vitamin C can work wonders.

    1. Our Citrus & Kale C+E Serum from Eminence Organic Skin Care, for instance, is like a burst of Vitamin C goodness for your skin.

    2. The Acne Advanced Treatment System, especially the Acne Advanced Clarifying Hydrator, is like a superhero duo against dark acne spots. Packed with zinc hyaluronate to ease irritation and scarring, and arbutin to target those pesky dark spots, these ingredients work hand in hand to tackle scarring caused by problem skin.

    3. The Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System adds another layer of magic. With a mix of arctic berries, lingonberry seed oil, and hibiscus seed extract, this system is a powerhouse against dark acne scars. The antioxidants in this blend work their wonders, brightening your skin and saying goodbye to those troublesome marks. Plus, with the gentle exfoliation from mandelic and citric acid, it's like giving your skin a little extra love.

  2. Microdermabrasion: Experience the rejuvenating touch of microdermabrasion, a non-invasive treatment designed to gently exfoliate the skin and minimize the appearance of superficial scars. At Pretty Please, we utilize the Bio-Brasion trinity device, featuring a diamond-tip wand that skillfully buffs away the outer layer of dead skin cells. This process promotes cellular turnover and stimulates collagen production, resulting in a smoother skin texture.

  3. LED Light Therapy: Enter the world of LED therapy – a gentle, non-invasive skincare solution! Using specific light wavelengths, this cosmetic procedure stimulates cellular activity when applied to the skin. The red light component stands out with its anti-inflammatory properties, effectively reducing redness and inflammation. It goes the extra mile by promoting healing, expediting tissue repair, and proving especially effective in treating and calming acne scarring at Pretty Please, where we rely on the Celluma professional-grade light therapy device. Discover the soothing benefits of LED therapy for your skin's needs.

  4. Enzyme Peels: Introducing enzyme peels – a natural and gentle exfoliation treatment for your skin! Derived from fruits, these peels delicately remove dead skin cells and promote the renewal of your skin. Unlike traditional chemical peels using alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), enzyme peels take a milder approach by breaking down the keratin protein in the outer layer of the skin.


A quick heads up – treating acne scars is a journey, not a sprint. While a single session will make progress, consistent treatments are key for visible and long-term results. We recommend a series of 6 sessions, and we even offer packages at a reduced rate. Come in ideally once per week, and let's make your skin glow together!


At Pretty Please, we're not just about skincare; we're about creating a delightful experience that leaves you feeling confident and radiant. Your journey to beautiful skin starts here!

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