What are alternative ways to treat enlarged pores and pitted acne scars if Retinol and Niacinamide did not work? (photo)


Doctor's Answers (2)

Dr Chin Yee Choong

"Dedicated to the ethical practice of Aesthetic Medicine"


If those therapies failed to give you adequate results, you can consider energy-based skin resurfacing techniques for further improvement.

These include :

  • fractional CO2 lasering
  • fractional microneedle RF
  • fractionated picosecond lasering

Your preferred aesthetic doctor will help assess your suitability for those various procedures. He will advise you on the best option based on costs, expectations and tolerability of downtime.

Hope this helps!

Retinol and Niacinamide work to control acne and can treat superficial pigmentation. Pitted acne scars can be treated using the methods that Dr Chin has described above.

It does look like you have some rolling scars as well and this is best treated with subcision, with or without dermal filler placement.

Subcision works by manually freeing up the scarring that is tethering/ pulling the skin down.

Subcision can be combined with the above mentioned energy based treatments. Acne scars are best treated with a variety of methods depending on the type of scarring, skin type and downtime. 

wishing you all the best in your journey!


Dr Mark Lim