What Are the Best Methods to Fill Acne Holes on Your Face?

Rohit Kushwah

Medically Reviewed By Dr. Aarti Nehra

Zits and pimples on face have been a cause of concern for people worldwide. These nasty and painful raised bumps on the skin cause a lot of irritation, and even after healing, they tend to leave behind marks and holes in the skin. The breakouts themselves can occur in teens as well as adults due to a varying number of reasons, such as puberty, pregnancy, and hormonal imbalances. The aftermath of acne can be harrowing but fear not, for we’ve curated this article specifically to target this issue. This article explores the issue in a more in-depth way and also has a list of methods you can use to get rid of such holes in your skin.

Causes of Acne Holes On The Face

These kinds of scarring usually occur in extreme cases and are mainly caused by the healing process naturally triggering collagen production and breakdown in our skin. Pimples and zits on face usually occur when the oil glands in our skin start creating more sebum and become overactive. Extra sebum production can clog the skin pores and substances like bacteria, dead cells, and dirt can get stuck in there. The infected area can get inflamed and turn into a pus-filled red bump that is often painful.

Types of Different Acne Holes

These types of scars are quite common and can be easily segregated into three different categories, namely:
Ice pick: These appear as pinpricks set deeper into the skin and resemble larger pores. They’re around 2mm deep and conical.
Rolling: Rolling scars feature gently sloping borders that cause the skin to seem undulated.
Boxcar: The phrase “boxcar scars” relates to pimple holes having sharp/defined edges.

How to Get Rid of These Little Bumps on Face

The scars left behind by such kinds of small pimples on face can be extremely bothersome in the long run but do not worry, for it is possible to get rid of them. There are a lot of different ways through which you can treat these pimple holes properly, some of which have been listed below for your reference. Do not worry, it won’t matter what kind of scar you have on your skin, these treatments are meant to target all kinds of scarring caused by acne:

  • Pixel Laser Resurfacing: Dermatologists prescribe this surgery for treating severe acne holes and connected rolling scars. After administering a local anaesthetic to the affected region, surgeons utilize a microneedle to separate the adhesions behind the scar and lift it as near to the skin’s surface as feasible.
  • Skin Needling: Skin needling helps improve collagen production in the skin and can be beneficial to healing pimple holes. It is also known as micro-needling or collagen induction therapy and uses a needle-studded device to create micro-injuries to the affected skin area. These are done in a safe and controlled manner.
  • Punch Excision: This is also known as grafting and/or skin elevation and is another active method used by dermatologists to treat such kinds of face bumps. It’s a simple surgical treatment used to heal larger boxcar scars. The damaged tissue is removed using a punch, and the remaining skin is sutured together. This treatment guarantees that bigger holes in the skin shrink in size and may be treated using other methods. In other circumstances, physicians utilize a graft of tissue from another part of the body to make up for the deficiency.
  • Chemical Peels: This is one of the few non-invasive methods that can help treat scars caused by white pimples on face. During the process, a chemical solution is given to the skin, causing the top layer to peel away and expose smoother, healthier skin beneath. Chemical peels may significantly
  • reduce the look of superficial acne scars and level out skin tone.
    Dermal Fillers: Apart from repairing wrinkles and improving face lines, dermal fillers can also help cover acne holes in the face. Doctors frequently implant hyaluronic acid in scarring to bring it to the skin’s surface and make the texture seem equal.

Ways to Prevent Scarring Caused by Small Pimples on Face

Sunscreen: UV production is the key to healthy skin. Using creams and lotions with an SPF power of 30 or higher can be effective in protecting your skin by treating discoloration.
Topical treatments: Active ingredients like retinoids, vitamin C, and glycolic acid can help treat acne scarring and can be a great non-invasive way to treat them. You can opt for moisturizers, gels, and lotions that contain these ingredients to treat your pimple holes.
Hydration and nutrition: Drinking enough water and eating healthy foods that are high in protein can be great for you and your skin health in the long run. It can help work on the skin’s healing process and remove such scarring much more easily.
Not touching, picking, or squeezing acne: Pimples mostly heal naturally, and disturbing them by touching, picking, and/or squeezing can disturb the natural process. This can cause the affected area to scar over time.
Suitable skin care products: Sensitive skin is more prone to such whiteheads and blackheads on face. Using products non-comedogenic and fragrance-free can be beneficial for your skin.


Acne scars can be extremely bothersome, and these methods can go a long way in treating such scar tissue. These methods are done by trained professionals and are extremely safe; however, it is always advisable to visit a doctor for a consultation beforehand. There are also steps that you can take yourself to treat such scarring and/or prevent them from happening entirely.

Rohit Kushwah


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