How To Remove Your Acne Scars?

When over-the-counter products and DIY home remedies no longer work or remain ineffective in removing your acne scars, then perhaps it’s time to seek for professional help.

With more than a decade of experience, our doctors have been successfully treating acne scars and marks for many patients in Singapore. At The Clifford Clinic, acne scar removal treatment is one of the signature treatments available to help restore your complexion and regain your confidence.

Our acne scar treatment techniques have evolved over the years to become much more effective, as well as offer reduced downtime and pain for our patients.

There are different types of acne scars bring great distress and concern for many people. These are:

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Blemishes, Pigmentation, and Red Acne Scars

After acne has subsided, the pimples will often leave behind a red or brown spot, mark or blemish. This is caused by the inflammation and tissue damage done during the formation of acne.

Together with a combination of lightening agents, laser treatments can gradually lighten and improve these acne scars with no downtime. Both Q-switch and V-beam lasers are effective in treating brown and red marks respectively. It is also common for a combination of these two lasers to be used in a treatment plan.

Rolling Acne Scars

For milder cases of acne, there is a better chance of the skin healing well. However, acne that recurs in the same spots can cause shallow pits to form in the skin. These undulations in the skin have a similar resemblance to rolling hills – as such, they are aptly called rolling acne scars.

To treat this type of acne scar, the collagen production in the skin is induced to develop fresh collagen under the epidermis layer. This helps thicken the skin and fill in skin imperfections, which results in a smoother skin surface.

The Edge Fractional CO2 laser can break down the scar fibres to improve the appearance of depressed scars. At the same time, it will help to shrink the pore size and promote collagen regeneration. Infini and Fraxel lasers are also popular and effective methods for rolling acne scar treatment in Singapore.

Boxcar and Ice Pick Acne Scars

While boxcar scars resemble craters with almost vertical walls, ice pick scars appear much narrower and deeper.

Mostly caused by severe nodular and cystic acne, these types of scars can be improved using more potent treatments like Infini Fractional Radiofrequency (RF) Treatment, Fraxel Dual Laser, or Edge Fractional CO2 Laser which deliver quicker results.

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Infini Fractional RF Treatment

This minimally-invasive treatment works best to address very deep acne scars. It utilises microneedles which are pressed against your skin, sending precise RF energy up to 3.5mm deep below the surface of the skin. As a result, it helps to stimulate your body’s natural collagen and healing process for an effective outcome in acne scar removal.

Infini has the additional benefit of providing a lift to the face, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Overall, this works as a skin rejuvenation procedure that brings significant improvements.

Fraxel Dual Laser

Fraxel Dual is a dual wavelength (1550nm and 1927nm) laser which effectively resurfaces scarred skin through a partially ablative skin resurfacing technique. This minimizes downtime, while providing maximal results.

Edge Fractional CO2 laser

This laser treatment is ideal for depressed acne scars with a depth of 1.5mm in the skin. Laser beams are delivered with extreme precision to the targeted spots, which triggers the skin’s collagen production to accelerate the healing process. As such, this will provide an improvement to the appearance of acne scars. Overall, the skin has a fairer and smoother look, combined with a more radiant and glowing complexion.

The Clifford Clinic offers this treatment as a reasonable price point, making it a great option for patients who are cost-conscious.

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PICO MLA Laser is an effective treatment for enlarged pores, acne scar removal and skin rejuvenation. As one of the latest technological advancements in skin laser equipment – HEXA MLA (Microlens Array Technology) is an advanced extension of the PICO Laser.

How does it work? When combined with PICO, the laser delivers light energy at rapid speeds at ultra-short pulse durations, successfully delivering up to 15 times more pulses within each individual spot for effective acne removal.

The handpiece comes with a wide range of spot sizes (3 – 10mm), allowing our doctors to more accurately target and treat enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and acne scars. Unlike other more aggressive lasers, PICO MLA does not breach the superficial skin – minimizing the occurrence of micro-injuries to the skin’s surface and promoting better healing times.

Available at The Clifford Clinic, our Picosecond lasers are able to distribute energy at a staggering rate (one billionth of a second). The shorter bursts of energy disrupt the pigment-containing cells within the skin, resulting in the successful fading and clearing of the affected area.

When performed under the hands of our qualified doctors, this has brought about consistent levels of high performance and customer satisfaction levels across all our patients.

Secret RF

Secret RF utilizes controlled, fractional RF energy and minimally-invasive microneedles to tackle acne issues and the first signs of ageing. By improving skin texture and discolouration, you can expect this treatment to bring your skin back to its youthful and radiant state.

Designed to promote tissue coagulation and hemostasis, Secret RF transmits controlled heat to specific areas of the skin. This process stimulates the skin tissues to remodel collagen and elastin – two important ingredients for youthful-looking skin.

With the finest and most precise gold-coated microneedles, Secret RF delivers heat energy at various depths (from 0.5mm – 3.5mm) into the skin’s layers – which triggers a tissue tightening effect almost immediately.

Unlike other lasers, Secret RF works to restructure and rebuild the affected areas that are damaged by ageing and acne scarring with long-lasting effects. This is a great option if you wish to achieve maximal results with minimal side effects. At our clinic, we have found this to be one of the best acne treatments in Singapore for deep and depressed acne scars due to its tightening effect – giving us absolute confidence in the end results.

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Dermal Fillers

For filling depressions associated with acne scars, dermal fillers provide equally great results as a possible solution. Experts say that at around age 25, collagen and elasticity levels tend to decline at a rate of about 2% per year – making this treatment ever more valuable to those who desire smooth, younger-looking skin.

Essentially, dermal fillers are small injections of gel that mimics what is naturally found under the skin ¬– administered to fill in wrinkles and add volume to soft tissue.

Our Ellansé filler is a popular choice that involves a non-invasive and quick procedure providing instant results. Unlike others in the market, Ellansé fillers work differently by stimulating your own natural collagen to fix the problems from the source.

Dermal fillers are typically injected in small amounts to reduce the appearance of certain types of scars – particularly rolling scars and less defined boxcar scars, all while improving the texture of your skin. Over time, the body absorbs the gel, which is why you will continue to see improvements in your skin’s appearance weeks and even months into the treatment.

Each injection has to be performed by a meticulous and experienced doctor in order to minimize any pain and maximise its natural-looking effects that can last up to 4 years.

TCA Cross

TCA Cross is the chemical reconstruction of skin scars (CROSS) with the use of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) at high concentrations. For patients who were unable to achieve satisfactory results using other laser treatments, this procedure has been successful in delivering optimal outcomes. As lasers are unable to penetrate beyond a certain depth in the skin, TCA Cross is the most preferred acne scar treatment for tackling deep acne scars and enlarged pores – particularly ice-pick scars that are notoriously hard to treat and get rid of.

A strong dosage of TCA is deposited onto the surface of the deep pitted scars, thus causing a local inflammatory reaction. In this process, new formation of collagen fibres help to raise the scar – which increases dermal volume and encourages the restructure of the skin’s dermal elements. Depending on individual skin condition, most patients report a 1 to 2 grade improvement in their acne scars over a short 6-month period.

At The Clifford Clinic, our doctors perform TCA Cross with other treatment modalities for a more extensive acne scar removal procedure. Overall, this improves skin tone and texture for beautiful results.

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Deep Chemical Peels

Deep chemical peels using TCA Cross technique is a more aggressive, but effective method for treating acne scars. The scar tissue is ablated, leaving behind granulation tissue which remodels the base of the scars.


For very deep acne scars, subcision can be used to break down the scars and add in fillers for an immediate lifting effect. In the needle subcision procedure, a fine needle is injected under the scar to break up the tight collagen bands underneath the skin. This triggers the healing phase and activates collagen growth and repair, which leads to a progressive improvement of the scar over time. Subcision should be used selectively – it is only suitable for certain patients and depends on their skin condition.

There are a number of acne scar removal options with different costs, methods and suitability for individual preference. If you’re thinking about how to get rid of your acne scars once and for all, take the first step today by consulting our doctors on the right treatment for you, and embark on your journey for smoother skin!


Is acne scar treatment painful?

Most of these treatments only involves some mild pain and discomfort. We will apply numbing cream on the treatment areas before the procedure to minimise this.

What is the downtime for these acne scar treatments?

In general, most of these treatments have minimal to no downtime. The skin may flush red and feel tender after the treatment but will subside in a few hours or within 1 to 2 days.

Which treatment is the most suitable for my acne scars?

This will depend on the type of scars you are having. In summary:

Pigmented scars and blemishesRolling, Boxcar and Ice pick Scars
- Q-Switch Laser
- VBeam Laser
- Chemical Peels
- Edge Fractional CO2 Laser
- Picocare 450 Laser
- nfini and Secret RF
- Fraxel Dual Laser
- Chemical Peel (for very shallow scars)

You will usually undergo a combination of treatments as multiple types of acne scars typically occur together. Our doctors will assess your condition during the consultation and recommend a customised treatment plan for you.