How to Avoid Scars from Pimples

How to Avoid Scars from Pimples

Excess oil beneath the skin signals a variety of problems, with the most frustrating of these being pimples. These tiny pustules appear on the face and body, housing bacteria, dead cells, and sebum secretions. They cause surface inflammation, irritation, and even scars.

According to the Acne Resource Center Online, 25% of individuals suffering from pimples will have some form of scarring – whether atrophic, hypertrophic, or hyper-pigmented. To combat this statistic we suggest examining both the causes of scars and the available treatments.

The Causes of Pimple Scarring

Acne is far more than a series of pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. It’s also a medical disorder, triggering several effects beneath the skin. These effects – which include cyst production, nodular inflammation, and blood vessel penetration – directly impact surface and interior tissue, damaging them both.

With this damage comes a sudden production of collagen, with the body trying to repair itself. These repairs, however, often fail:

Too Much Collagen: the body produces an excess amount of collagen and causes tissue build-up. Scars then form, with raised appearances and reddened edges.

Too Little Collagen: the body produces too little collagen and the skin begins to sink, pitting the tissue and causing scars.

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How to Avoid Pimple Scarring

Pimple scarring is unfortunate. It’s also often avoidable. Those wishing to reduce their chances of atrophic or hypertrophic effects should:

Treat Acne Immediately

Utilize OTC or prescription treatments as soon as acne appears. This will interrupt the damage cycle and maintain tissue health.

Avoid Picking at the Skin

Popping a pimple may seem wise. Too often, however, does this cause further complications, releasing bacteria back into the skin (which often creates more acne) and triggering collagen production. Don’t do it.

Follow Hygiene Regimens

Daily, gentle scrubbing of the skin often proves essential in avoiding scars. Remove excess oil, dead cells, bacterial pus, and other free radicals to maintain appropriate moisture and elasticity levels. Tissue remains balanced and less likely to require collagen.

Study Genetics

Multiple factors shape the body’s healing process. None are more important, however, than genetics. Pimples are prevalent in some families, with members prone to breakouts and scarring alike. See how often these issues have occurred in the past to better prepare for their developments in the future.

Utilize these suggestions to reduce acne and avoid scarring.

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Consult With a Dermatologist

Acne is a disease. Seeking help from a dermatologist, therefore, is highly recommended for those who suffer from frequent breakouts. These specialists deliver key information about prescription options and OTC cleansers. They also prove helpful for patients wishing to improve the appearance of existing pimple scars, offering access to dermabrasions, tissue injections, and more.

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What Improves Acne Scars?

What Improves Acne Scars?

They say, “acne is something every normal teenager has to go through.” When they promised that it’s just part of growing up and actually stops when you reach adulthood, it appears they weren’t actually telling the truth! Some of us continue to get acne well into adulthood. To make matters worse, some acne lesions can leave unsightly dark marks or scars for the rest of your life. Thankfully there are ways to remove acne scars and improve your skin complexion at the same time.

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Treat the acne
The best treatment for most conditions is prevention. First and foremost treat the acne. There are several tried and tested topical therapies to choose from. Some acne suffers also benefit from oral antibiotics. Diet modification is also crucial. Consulting with a dermatologist is a good idea to learn about all the latest options. While you let the treatment work, keep your hands off your skin as much as possible and resist the temptation to pick. Picking only leads to more inflammation and scarring.

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
While you try to ride out the acne keep your face clean, hydrated with topical moisturizers and drink lemon water. Lemon water flushes out the toxins and many people think it helps your acne to heal faster. Some acne medications can dry out your skin so it’s advisable to moisturize the skin as well. Always use non-comedogenic, water-based, hypoallergenic products as these are the most “skin-friendly.”

Topical treatments
New acne scars are easier to treat as they tend to respond more readily to scar treatments than old ones. One of the best scar treatment ingredients to look for is Vitamin C. Stable forms of vitamin C encourage healthy skin renewal and help fade scars. Some forms of vitamin C, like tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, also help fade dark acne marks. Dimethicone silicone can also help improve the appearance of acne scars and improves skin hydration by decreasing water loss from the skin. Dimethicone silicone is considered non-comedogenic, but please try a test spot first….like almost anything, it can still cause a break out in some people.

Laser
Laser treatment is often recommended when topical scar treatments haven’t worked well enough. This treatment is particularly appropriate for the most severe cases of scarring. The laser removes the top scarred layer of skin and allows this to be replaced by a fresh layer of more healthy skin. With this procedure, the new scar will become less noticeable with time. Unfortunately severe cases of scarring often need more than one or two laser treatments and can also be expensive.

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