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.

Read: Does lemon juice fade acne scars?

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.

Read: What are the different types of acne scars?

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  1. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Hey,
    I have had acne for many years and am finally starting to win the battle. However, acne scars have covered my face — mostly only colored scars, but a few that break the surface and cause divets. My question is, will the colored scars turn into scars that break the surface, as they heal? Or will the colored scars just fade over time leaving no permanent marks/divets? I really hope they will just go away… Thank you. (:

    • Hi Bill, it’s not likely that the colored scars will cause indents into your skin, however, they could darken over time if precautions are not taken. First would be to use a scar treatment that will effectively fade the discoloration, but most important will be using a sunscreen with SPF 30 daily (as in 365 days a year.) UV rays can potentially permanently dark scars that are exposed to sunlight. The scar will become darker than the surrounding skin and not conform in color. Once a scar has become permanently darkened by the sun, little can be done to reverse it.

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