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Can Certain Foods Reduce Acne Scars?

Can Certain Foods Reduce Acne Scars?

Hippocrates, the Greek philosopher and physician who famously inspired the doctor’s Hippocratic oath, also gave us this ageless wisdom: “Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food.” During his lifetime, science was not yet advanced enough to examine food and digestion on a molecular level, but he had of course noticed a distinct correlation between diet and health. Those who ate well tended to be healthier, and those who did not often had poor complexions.

We now know that there are some specific food ingredients that influence skin health, and can be particularly helpful for healing acne scars. Research is still ongoing, and the links between diet and skin health are still anecdotal in many cases. However, there are a few correlations that are supported by strong clinical evidence.

The Role of Fruits and Vegetables

Vitamin A and its related compounds are found in foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach, carrots, red bell peppers, and cantaloupe. These compounds contribute to skin health by maintaining proper elasticity and moisture, which helps scars form more evenly across tissues. The vitamin A ingredient, retinol, is commonly used in topical face creams; however, the body also actively absorbs vitamin A from foods with the aid of vegetable oils.

Diets rich in fruits and vegetables also tend to be lower in fats and added sugars, which helps keep the glycemic index low. Recent clinical research indicates that high-glycemic-index diets contribute to a greater occurrence of acne in some groups due to an increase in insulin production, which is required to regulate blood sugar. In fact, high glycemic index and insulin are among the most scientifically and clinically significant dietary factors which can impact acne. Low glycemic index diets are also known to decrease the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

The Scoop on Omega Fatty Acids

Two forms of omega fatty acids (OFAs) are found in our foods. Omega-6 fatty acids are associated with repairing tissues after physical activity. Omega-3s are primarily associated with metabolism in mammals. Both forms are essential to the body for different functions, but the ratio of one to the other is where many diets fall short.

Most nutritionists recommend consuming equal amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. However, many diets that are high in vegetable oil and beef ingredients tip this balance in favor of omega-6, sometimes as much as 30:1. This may not seem important at first glance, but excessive imbalance in favor of omega-6 have been shown to contribute to inflammation.

Because acne scars are generally formed over relatively small areas of the skin, any level of increased inflammation can increase their appearance and slow the healing process. To help balance your OFA ratio, it is helpful to first visit a nutritionist to analyze your current diet, and determine if an omega-3 deficit exists. If so, you may increase your omega-3 intake with grass-fed beef or dairy products, soy-based foods, wild rice, walnuts and almonds, flax, black and kidney beans, and coldwater fish such as salmon, bluefin tuna, Atlantic mackerel, and anchovies.

Healing Acne Scars from the Inside and Out

The hard truth is that no one remedy can completely heal acne scars. However, by eating a healthy, balanced diet which provides essential vitamins and nutrients to the skin, combined with topical creams, such as InviCible Scars, the appearance of acne scars can be greatly reduced, both during and after the initial healing phase.

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5 Ways to Get Rid of Acne Scars

5 Ways to Get Rid of Acne Scars

Scars used to be untreatable. Skin, once damaged, could not return to its former texture, and redness was permanent. This has been a source of lingering discomfort for many faced with acne in their teens and the remaining acne scars throughout adulthood, making it a problem that never really goes away.

However, times have changed, and individuals now have a seemingly endless array acne scar solutions – but which solutions actually work? Five in particular have been proven to provide superior results.

Topical Scar Cream

Topical creams combine natural ingredients (such as Vitamin C or Aloe) with fortified synthetics (such as silicone) to heal, protect, and restore skin. They infuse the body with much-needed hydration and soothe irritation through their antibacterial properties. They provide non-invasive results and can be obtained without prescriptions.

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Facial Scar Revision

Facial scar revision redefines the appearance of scars, combining topical treatments – which expedite the healing process and improve pigmentation – with surgery. The procedure, known also as layered closure, involves cutting out the old scar and reclosing it, repositioning  the edges of the scar so it heals better. This is a medical procedure and must be conducted by a certified plastic surgeon.

Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is a process that involves the removal of scarred skin. It utilizes a series of sharp-edged brushes, rotating them quickly across tissue to “sand away” uneven areas and promote more even texture as the skin heas. This bolsters the body’s ability to heal (as exposing unaffected dermal layers restores balance to collagen production) and helps to improve the appearance of scars. Dermabrasion is a medical procedure but does not require a plastic surgeon. Many dermatologists also perform it.

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Micro-Needling

Micro-needling is aptly named. It utilizes countless tiny needles, pricking the skin again and again in a series of controlled bursts. These bursts are intended to stimulate the healing process (as the body will respond to the minor injuries, producing collagen to fill in the minuscule holes). This reduces the appearance of scars by improving facial contours and enhancing the skin’s elasticity. Micro-needling is typically performed by a dermatologist.

Chemical Peel

Chemical peels deliver a low concentration of acid to the skin. They’re typically composed of glycol or TCA (trichloroacetic acid), and they’re used to (gently) remove affected dermal layers. The peels are spread across scars and penetrate the ridges, revealing the softer tissue beneath. These treatments can be done at home, but due to potential risks with improper acidic balances, it is strongly recommended that individuals visit their dermatologists for treatment instead.

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Treatment Successes – Patience Required

All scars are different, and will therefore respond differently to treatments. The healing process is determined by a variety of factors, including genetics, collagen production, metabolism, nutrition, stress levels, and age, and it’s impossible to accurately calculate the amount of time needed to experience results from creams, peels, and other solutions. Some individuals may see instant improvements. Others may instead have to try multiple avenues before seeing real results.

When attempting new treatments, it’s important to be patient and allow the body to heal at its own pace. Don’t give up, and don’t try to rush the effects.

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Can You Reduce the Size of Acne Scars?

Can You Reduce the Size of Acne Scars?

After battling acne to finally get it under control, many people are left with prominent scars that continue to mar their complexion. If this is the case, then you are looking for ways to reduce the size and appearance of your acne scars. There are several different types of acne scars, and the type of scarring you have may affect the type of treatment most effective for your situation. However, most acne scars can be minimized and faded.

The Different Types of Acne Scars

The severity of your acne and how you treated — or did not treat — any outbreaks affects the type of scarring with which you are left. One of the most common types of acne scarring is known as ice pick scars, which are deep scarring that creates a pitted look in the skin. They are formed due to cysts or inflammation that affects several layers of skin. A similar type of scarring is known as boxcar scars, which are wider than ice pick scars. You may also have scarring known as rolling scars, which creates waves under otherwise normal skin due to fibrous bands of tissue growing between the skin and underlying tissue. Lastly, you may have keloid or hypertrophic scars, which are large, unsightly raised scars.

You might also have other remaining effects from your acne in the form of discoloration of the skin, which are not technically scars but do create problems. This could be either hyperpigmentation, where the scars have excess pigmentation and will look like freckles or blotches on the skin, or hypopigmentation, where there will be no pigment, leaving the mark as white. The skin may also remain red due to damage to the small capillaries in the skin.

How to Reduce the Size of Acne Scars

You can reduce the size of your acne scars, but the best treatment differs based upon the type of acne scarring you have. If you are left with discoloration such as red marks or dark spots after your acne is under control, then you can benefit from using a scar fading cream that helps your skin resume normal pigment production. Smaller and lighter scars can also benefit from scar treatment creams. You want to be sure to use ingredients that are natural and will help the skin’s own natural healing process, including licorice root extract, which lightens any dark spots, and vitamin C, which helps to rebuild collagen and normalize skin growth.

If you have more prominent scars, then you may need to undergo a more invasive skin care treatment, such as laser surgery, subcision, punch excision, grafting, dermabrasion, or dermal fillers. Scar reduction cream can also work on many scars, including hypertrophic scars, especially if it includes silicone as one of the ingredients. Scar treatment creams can only reduce the size and appearance of scars, but they usually do not completely eliminate very prominent scarring. One option that is becoming very popular among those with hypopigmented acne scars, is having the skin tattooed the same color as your flesh so as to camoflauge the scar. You can discuss the different types of treatment, especially the more invasive treatments, with your dermatologist or doctor to find the best solution for your unique situation.

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How to Get Rid of Back Acne Scars

How to Get Rid of Back Acne Scars

Although back acne scars are easier to hide than those on the face, it is still a frustrating and embarrassing problem for both men and women. You may feel you always have to wear a T-shirt, or you cannot wear bathing suits, anything backless or sleeveless, or other clothes that will expose your back. However, there is hope. You can get rid of your back acne scars so that they no longer determine what you pull out of your wardrobe.

Take Care of your Skin

The first step in reducing back acne scars is to reduce the potential for scarring. If you have back acne, you should treat it properly so that there is less chance it creates scars. Rather than picking acne lesions, use acne treatment creams to address the problem. Acne is caused by bacteria and clogged pores, hormonal imbalance, food allergies, or other medical conditions. Be sure to keep your back clean and use a treatment recommended by your doctor to reduce acne. Additionally, address any underlying conditions that can trigger acne. Once you have your acne under control, then you can work on treating the scars.

Read: What are the different types of acne scars?

You also want to take care of your skin in general to promote its natural healing, which reduces the risk of scarring. Always wear sunscreen, don’t smoke, drink plenty of water, exercise, get plenty of rest and eat healthily. A healthy diet will provide the natural nutrients your skin needs to heal, and it will also help to decrease your acne as well.

Treatment Options for Back Acne Scars

There are a few treatment options for back acne scars. For very bad scarring, your doctor may recommend microdermabrasion, laser, dermabrasion or even scar revision surgery. Start with the least invasive option and go from there.

The first step is to try a topical scar treatment cream. A stable form of vitamin C is the best ingredient to have in a scar treatment cream. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and protects the skin against free radicals. Vitamin C is also necessary for building collagen, an important component of skin cells. It will help to grow new, healthy skin cells to replace the damaged scar tissue.

When choosing an acne scar cream, be sure to avoid ingredients that can potentially irritate your skin and trigger breakouts. Avoid creams that contain preservatives and fragrances if you can as these can cause irritation, acne breakouts and even contact dermatitis.

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Acne Scars Not Healing?

Acne Scars Not Healing?

Are your acne scars not healing as well as you would like? Acne scars can sometimes be quite deep and require special attention. Acne occurs when the body’s sebaceous follicles plug up with bacteria and dead skin cells. Your body has a natural inflammatory response that often leads to skin injury and scarring. Fresh acne sscars eventually become less inflamed and begin to form flat, reddish lesions that doctors call maculae. Maculae may darken on the skin where the inflammation was. Unfortunately, some people do develop permanent acne scars at such sites. Your skin may appear to be indented or sunken. So, what to do?

Begin applying InviCible’s therapeutic scar cream to your acne scars as soon as inflammation and rawness subsides. InviCible’s ingredients were specifically chosen to help reduce acne scars and to promote the fading of acne dark spots. To further enhance and minimize your acne scar’s healing process, be sure to protect your acne or dark spots from the sun. This will darken the scars further than is absolutely necessary. If your acne is on your face or scalp, wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun. If your acne is on your back, don’t expose your back to the sun. It’s damaging, and could darken your scars further. Keep the area clean and dry.

If your acne scars are not healing, it may be because you are using the wrong scar treatment product to heal the area. Try a twice-daily application of InviCible, with Dual Vitamin C complex. Dual Vitamin C complex helps to normalize collagen production — a natural part of the healing process —improves acne scarring by making scars more flush with your healthy skin. If your acne scars tend to darken, apply InviCible to help decrease production of dark pigment. ProBiosyn-4™ is a group of ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties. They include Aloe Vera and Licorice extract, which help to limit acne flare-ups. Licorice extract is especially helpful in dispersing the abnormal dark pigmentation responsible for dark acne marks.

When scars do not appear to be healing, most likely there is an agent that’s irritating the area. If you’ve been keeping the area clean and dry, then the only other possibility is your scar treatment cream. Many scar treatment creams contain ingredients that successfully lighten scars in the short term, but irritate and aggravate scar tissue over the long term such as Kojic Acid and Hydroquinone.

Believe it or not, Vitamin E does not promote speedy healing! Instead, it can promote contact dermatitis. InviCible Scars is a therapeutic combination of safe ingredients that will allow your scar to heal, finally. InviCible’s safety profile is top notch and has even been awarded the National Parenting Center Seal of Approval and is one of only 300 products in compliance with the Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Daily application of safe and effective InviCible scar cream, in combination with avoidance of the sun, a healthy diet, daily exercise, will ensure a speedy reduction in scar tissue prominence and improved aesthetic appearance.

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