For those of you who are left with scars from acne, it’s very likely that you have suffered moderate to severe acne outbreaks for much of your life. Having acne issues can be enough of a problem, but being left with scars can be even more disheartening. Though it’s always best if you start applying prevention methods as early as possible, it should be comforting to know that there are viable options to help deal with acne at any stage or age.
Breakouts are the result of skin inflammation which can lead to an infection, causing a loss of elastin and collagen. All of that typically leads to skin cell damage, i.e. acne scars. Your body will automatically attempt to adjust and make repairs to the area damaged. But when it does that it utilizes connective tissues, and that is where the scar shows up.
Again, taking preventive measures will go a long way towards minimizing the potential for scarring. Don’t be misled into thinking that you’re better off letting any newly formed acne reach maturation for the sake of expelling more toxins, because that just isn’t true. Doing so will actually result in more scars.
If you already have noticeable scars, you may need to see a qualified dermatologist so that they can assess your particulars and recommend the most appropriate treatment. Some people dealing with ongoing acne outbreaks and scarring may have skin that could be sensitive to some of the home remedies. You don’t want to risk adding to your skin issues while trying to get them resolved.
Most scars will fade over time, but sometimes not enough to suit you, and you may also want to speed up the healing process. Following are some of the most successful options for dealing with acne scars.
1. Sometimes a good topical cream can give you pleasing results, though not overnight. Retin A is often suggested for helping improve scarred tissue, and it can also help with discoloration problems that sometimes exist from acne scars. However, be careful about going out into the sun when utilizing Retin A as it generally leaves skin extremely sensitive to sunlight.
2. Some people get good results with a chemical skin peel. They are designed to remove the top layer of damaged skin, allowing new and healthier skin to replace it. Keep in mind that it takes about three weeks to recover from this peel.
3. Dermatologists sometimes recommend dermabrasion or microdermabrasion, both of which are surgical treatments that remove the outer layer of skin by literally scrapping it off. What is left is healthy and unblemished skin.
4. Another technique that is sometimes suggested is laser therapy. The idea is to kill bacteria and therefore increase oxygen to the damaged area of skin, with the result being to help clear up any acne scars.
Only a qualified dermatologist can recommend what will be most effective for any one person, as everyone’s skin type is a little different. What may work well for one person, might be ill-advised for another. The severity and size of the scars is another factor that needs to be taken into consideration, so it’s always best to seek professional advice before making any decisions that may have an impact on your skin and general wellbeing.