Acne and Acne Scars

Struggling with acne and the scars it leaves behind can be a distressing experience, affecting not just your skin but also your confidence. At Reflejo Med Spa in Phoenix, we understand the impact of acne and acne scarring causes. Our team is dedicated to offering advanced solutions that not only treat acne but also significantly reduce the visibility of scars, helping you achieve clear, healthy skin.


Understanding Acne and Its Aftermath

Acne is a common skin condition that can result in various types of scarring, affecting individuals of all ages. Whether it’s due to hormonal changes, stress, or genetics, the aftermath of acne can linger in the form of unsightly scars. Understanding the types of acne scarring is crucial in selecting the most effective treatment approach.

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“Acne scars are more than skin deep, but with our understanding and treatments, clear skin isn’t just a dream.”

Reflejo Med Spa Staff

What Causes Acne and Acne Scars?

Acne and acne scarring causes are influenced by a variety of factors. Here are four causes of acne and acne scarring, detailed for a comprehensive understanding:


Hormonal changes, particularly an increase in androgens, can cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and produce more sebum. This excess oil can clog pores, leading to acne. Such hormonal fluctuations are common during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause. The overactivity of sebaceous glands, coupled with the presence of acne-causing bacteria on the skin, can lead to inflammation and the formation of acne lesions that, if improperly managed, may result in scarring.


If immediate family members have a history of acne, you’re more prone to experience similar skin issues. This genetic predisposition affects how your skin reacts to hormonal changes and can influence the severity of acne and the body’s healing process, potentially leading to more significant scarring.


The severity of acne inflammation significantly impacts the likelihood of scarring. Deep, inflamed lesions like nodules and cysts are more likely to damage the skin’s deeper layers, leading to scars. The inflammation destroys collagen and elastin in the skin, and as the skin attempts to heal these lesions, it may form too much new tissue (leading to raised scars) or too little (resulting in depressed scars).

External Factors
and Lifestyle Choices:

External factors such as environmental pollutants and climate can exacerbate acne by clogging pores and introducing bacteria to the skin. Lifestyle choices, including diet, stress levels, and skincare routines, also play a role. High-glycemic diets, excessive stress, and inappropriate skincare products can all worsen acne. Picking or squeezing pimples increases the risk of scarring by further inflaming the skin and disrupting the healing process.

Acne and Acne Scars Treatment Options at Reflejo Med Spa

Among our advanced solutions, Morpheus8 stands out for its unique approach, merging the benefits of microneedling with the precision of radiofrequency energy. This powerful combination goes deep to address acne’s root causes and heal various acne scar types. Microneedling acne scars work by boosting collagen production and refining the skin’s overall texture, making significant strides in diminishing scars and revitalizing skin appearance. Beyond Morpheus8, we also offer chemical peels, DiamondGlow facials, and tailored skincare plans to reveal a more radiant and smooth complexion as well as Lumecca IPL for post-acne hyperpigmentation. Regular PRP microneedling treatment is also good for maintaining acne scar treatment results.

Who Is a Candidate for Acne and Acne Scars Treatment?

Individuals experiencing active acne or acne scars are ideal candidates for our treatments. Whether you’re dealing with persistent breakouts or the scars they’ve left behind, our team of med spa professionals can create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific concerns.

“There is nothing quite as satisfying as helping someone feel good about themselves through our treatment options. I know the feeling, I was a teenager with acne once upon a time!”

– Reflejo Med Spa Staff

Who Is a Candidate? - Acne and Acne Scars

Preventing Acne and Minimizing Scarring

Prevention is key to managing acne and reducing the risk of scarring. A consistent skincare routine, proper nutrition, and avoiding known acne triggers can help keep breakouts at bay. For those already experiencing scarring, early intervention with treatments like Morpheus8 can prevent scars from becoming more pronounced.

Identifying Acne

Identifying Acne Breakouts and Scarring Risks

Recognizing acne begins with noticing red, inflamed pimples, blackheads, or cysts, primarily on the face, chest, and back. Early signs of potential scarring include deep, painful acne lesions and a tendency for blemishes to leave dark spots or indentations. Prompt treatment can mitigate these effects, preserving your skin’s smooth texture and preventing permanent scars.

Our qualified and experienced medical spa professionals are committed to your skin health. Call us to schedule an appointment and let’s see how the latest advancements in skincare, such as our microneedling acne scars treatment and care, deliver radiant acne scars before and after results.

Ask A Question

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Morpheus8 treat acne and acne scars?

Morpheus8 uses microneedling combined with radiofrequency energy to penetrate deep into the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin renewal. This process effectively reduces the appearance of acne scars by smoothing the skin’s texture. It also reduces the activity of acne-causing bacteria and minimizes the size of oil glands, which contributes to clearer skin.

How many treatments are needed to see results?

The number of treatments varies depending on the severity of acne or scarring and the individual’s skin response. Typically, multiple sessions are recommended for optimal results.

What can I expect during the recovery period after acne scar treatment?

Post-treatment, patients may experience mild redness, swelling, or sensitivity, which usually subsides within a few days. Specific aftercare instructions will be provided to ensure a smooth recovery.

How can I prevent acne and minimize the risk of scarring?

Preventing acne involves maintaining a consistent skincare routine, managing stress, and avoiding pore-clogging products. Early treatment of acne is crucial to minimize the risk of scarring.

All content written and reviewed by the Reflejo Medical Team.