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Personalized formulas for acne scars and pigmentation

We use prescription ingredients to tackle any remaining acne first, before treating pigmentation and uneven skin texture.

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Deborah's journey

Duration 6 months

“Honestly, Dermatica is the best thing that has happened to me. I suffered from acne and scarring so the improvement to the size of my pores and reduction of fine lines was a bonus.”
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Umy's journey

Duration 8 months

“I have tried many products and treatments, Dermatica so far has worked the best, and is at an affordable price.”
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Paul's journey

Duration 9 months

“I am very thrilled of the result with only just a year. Dermatica really did a great job and boost my self esteem.”

How a prescription can help improve pigmentation

To prevent new scars, a personalized formula will treat any remaining acne first.

Our experts will then look at red or dark marks (post-inflammatory pigmentation), or uneven skin texture. Once your skin has cleared, we'll help you maintain results.

Moderate to severe acne scarring will need an in-person dermatologist review. They may suggest laser treatments, surgery or both.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Personalized formulas may use adapalene, hydroquinone, benzoyl peroxide and azelaic acid.

Rolling (atrophic) acne scars

Rolling (atrophic) acne scars

To treat this condition, formulas may include adapalene or tretinoin.

Icepick or boxcar scars

Icepick or boxcar scars

You may need laser treatments or surgery, so please visit a dermatologist in person.

Selecting the correct ingredients

After assessing your skin, our dermatology experts may prescribe one or more of the following ingredients to treat your mild acne scarring.

  • Adapalene, benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin and azelaic acid for remaining acne.
  • Tretinoin, adapalene, azelaic acid and hydroquinone for dark marks (hyperpigmentation).
  • Adapalene and tretinoin for mild atrophic scarring.

The SmartBase

Great value for you, less impact on the planet

Your personalized formula is blended with our SmartBase, a hydrating, dermatologist-designed cream with hyaluronic acid, essential ceramides and panthenol.

Locks in moisture and softens illustration

Locks in moisture and softens

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Supports a healthy skin barrier

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Getting expert care is quick and easy

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    Step 01

    Share your treatment goals

    Complete an online consultation and upload selfies.

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    Step 02

    Get your personalized formula

    Our dermatology team review your answers and select the perfect combination of active ingredients for you.

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    Step 03

    We adapt with you

    Our experts check in with ongoing support, adjusting your treatment plan as your skin progresses.

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Dermatology, designed for you

Dermatology designed for you
  • A personalized formula, developed by experts

    You’ll get a personalized, evidence-based prescription treatment, tailored to your treatment goals.

  • Delivered to you every 28 days (approx.)

    Your bespoke plan arrives every 28 days (approximately), and adapts to your skin’s progress.

  • 24/7 support

    You’ll have free, unlimited access to dermatology experts, whenever you need.

  • You’re in total control

    You can pause, reschedule or cancel your plan online. No strings attached.

First month $4.99

then $24.99/28 days after

A consistent routine is key

For the best results from your personalized formula, you’ll need daily skincare that’s designed by dermatologists to suit your skin’s needs. Luckily, we have you covered.

Read what others say, in their own words

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“I love the personalized service & for a great price. I have been really impressed with the product - my skin looks great. It was easy to do the consultation & the retinol cream has been a pleasure to use. It started on a lower % of 0.25 & is now 0.5. Fantastic.”
Sara Caistor
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“Amazing service. Brilliant product that I used to pay hundreds of pounds for and amazing results. Tailored to my own skin problems and I can’t recommend Dermatica enough. Easy to cancel if you’re not happy but I guarantee you will be so pleased with the results you will carry on just as I have 😊😊”
Claire Smith
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“Having tried many products before to help with my skin I can honestly say that I have been very impressed with skin is probably the best it has been in years. Getting the prescription was simple enough and the results speak for themselves. Worth every penny.”
Erin Beale
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“My skin has been the best it's ever been since I was a teenager my pigmentation has significantly cleared and acne has been kept at bay. I will never use anything other than dermatica I am so relieved I found this brand and have recommended to others. I receive compliments on how good my skin looks it's taken years off me.”
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“I am such a fan of Dermatica and their service. Very easy to manage your subscription but as someone with incredibly problematic skin (who last week got complimented by a stranger on it!) I wouldn't be without it. I truly believe prescription skincare offers so much more than all the creams and lotions you can buy OTC.”
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“I’ve been using Tretinoin for almost three months now, and I’m loving it. Great customer service, great results and I’m now up to my maximum dose. I’m definitely seeing some peeling, but nothing that wasn’t explained in the literature you receive with the product. It’s saved me an absolute fortune on skincare, as I used to buy every new product on the market that promised the earth and delivered nothing.”
Sarah Blackley
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“The initial process of having the assessment and getting my personalized prescription was so fast. Shortly after I received my products which I love so much and it has only been 2 weeks. My major skin concern was uneven dull skin tone, enlarged pores and fine lines. My skin is so glowing like it has never been before! It just looks so healthy and feels so soft. I had a few acne marks which are now faded.”
Réka Bódi
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“Dermatica has completely revolutionised my skin care. I am now 63 but my skin has never looked so good or been so healthy. My monthly delivery has become a part of my life now and I will continue for as long as I am able. The service is also second to none. Any questions I've submitted have always been answered promptly and without fuss. I would highly recommend Dermatica to anyone who cares about looking their best for as long as possible.”
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“I have PCOS and have struggled with acne for over 10 years, and have tried what feels like every acne medication available. My skin has never been better than while using my personalized Dermatica prescription, and I'm so happy! The subscription service is also very convenient, so I never have to worry about running out or having to go to the pharmacy for it.”
Bella Duncan
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“Love Dermatica. My skin is bright and the large pores and blackheads on my nose have gone. I've been using it for 6 months with Dermatica controlling the strength of the creams supplied to suit. I must say it has saved me a fortune on buying stuff to try and it not working and I can now use basic cleanser and moisturiser.”
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Acne scarring FAQs

What causes acne scarring?
When your skin starts to heal, acne scarring can develop in areas where you’ve had previous breakouts. This usually happens in moderate to severe cases, where there have been nodules or cysts on the skin.

During healing, skin cells will start to produce more collagen, and a protein called keratin to help the skin heal. The amount and type of scarring will depend on both your genetics and how severe your acne is, however picking, scratching and squeezing of spots can also stop the wounds from healing. This can prolong inflammation and increase your risk of scarring.
How can Dermatica treat scarring?
At Dermatica, you’ll be provided with advice and a personalized formula from our expert team based on your skin concerns.

Topical retinoids (adapalene and tretinoin) may improve mild to moderate acne scarring. If your scarring is mild, it would be a good idea to trial a topical retinoid for 12 weeks to see if the texture of your skin improves.

If you have moderate to severe scarring, like hypertrophic or keloid scars, topical creams or gels are unlikely to make a significant difference. To smooth skin after more severe scarring, you may need surgical and laser treatments, dermal fillers and chemical peels provided by a dermatology clinic in person.
What is Peri and Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)?
Peri and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a normal part of an inflammatory response from acne and other inflammatory conditions. ‘Peri’ means that the pigmentation is happening while you have active acne, while ‘post’ is when your pigmentation is visible after the acne has cleared. This process is also sometimes referred to as acne marks or dark marks.

Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can occur in any skin type but is more common in brown and black skin (Fitzpatrick skin types 4-6)1. Approximately 60% of people with black skin will have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne. Depending on your skin type, this can show up as red or pink in white skin, whilst brown and black skin will see darker areas that are brown or purple.

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What causes pigmentation with acne?
Inflammation is part of the healing process, but can signal the skin cells that generate melanin (melanocytes) to produce more pigment than usual. This is because melanin-producing cells are involved in the immune response of the skin and are activated in inflammation.

It’s also possible to experience hypopigmentation, where lighter patches on the skin appear once the acne has cleared. This is a response to inflammation where your skin produces less melanin. If the melanocytes stop working, post-inflammatory hypopigmentation looks like lighter patches on the skin.

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How do I treat pigmentation concerns with acne?
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can take 6-12 months to clear completely on its own, (and it can take up to 5 years for a small number of people). Fortunately, your Dermatica formula will be personalized with prescription active ingredients backed by scientific evidence, to address pigmentation concerns for all skin types. Using prescribed actives will help increase cell turnover and block melanin production in the skin, and you should see an improvement in the first 6-8 weeks.

Before treating pigmentation, it’s important to clear any active acne on the face first. Your personalized formula is also likely to include a retinoid that reduces inflammation and unclogs pores. Other ingredients also help prevent bacteria from growing while supporting your skin’s natural barrier and lightening the pigmentation.
How do I treat my pigmentation concerns and scars?
Before looking to treat acne scarring or post-inflammatory pigmentation, it’s important that breakouts are completely clear first. Once we’ve cleared any baseline inflammation, you’ll be on track to getting the best outcomes possible, and prevent any harmful side effects.
What else can I do to help with acne scarring?
Scarring is also a part of the acne healing process. To help it heal, the skin produces collagen and a protein called keratin, which in some cases will lead to scarring.

Topical retinoids (adapalene and tretinoin) may improve mild-moderate acne scarring. If your scarring is mild, it’s a good idea to trial a topical retinoid for 12 weeks to see if the texture of your skin improves.

To treat your acne scarring, we’ll also need to clear any breakouts and underlying inflammation first. To clear acne or post-acne scarring with one of our expert dermatologists, you can get started by clicking here.
  1. Bhargava, S., Cunha, P.R., Lee, J. et al. Acne Scarring Management: Systematic Review and Evaluation of the Evidence. Am J Clin Dermatol 19, 459-477 (2018).
  2. Kravvas G, Al-Niaimi F. A systematic review of treatments for acne scarring. Part 1: Non-energy-based techniques. Scars Burn Heal. 2017 Mar 30;3:2059513117695312. doi: 10.1177/2059513117695312. PMID: 29799567; PMCID: PMC5965325.
  3. Kravvas G, Al-Niaimi F. A systematic review of treatments for acne scarring. Part 2: Energy-based techniques. Scars Burn Heal. 2018 Aug 16;4:2059513118793420. doi: 10.1177/2059513118793420. PMID: 30627441; PMCID: PMC6305948.
  4. Maruthappu, T., & Taylor, M. (2022). Acne and rosacea in skin of colour. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 47(2), 259-263.