Great skin is associated with youth, health and beauty. One of the most common skin problems is the scarring left behind by bouts of acne. However, before embarking on the war against acne scars it is important to know your enemy.
Are they just blemishes?
Hyper-pigmentation is often the end result of acne breakouts; these are basically reddish or brownish spots which would go away after two or three months. Although they aren’t technically scarring these spots are as troublesome and as unattractive. Hyper-pigmentation can be treated with various skin products to make them disappear faster. Exfoliants and scrubs are ideal treatment options because they diminish acne scars. They get rid of old skin cells to expose new and unblemished skin.
Look at the active ingredients listed in the packaging of your skin products. Salicylic acid, glycolic acid and hydro-cortisone have been highly recommended for acne blemish removal. These ingredients diminish acne scars and also prevent future breakouts.
Is it severe scarring?
Acne scars are lasting dents in the skin. They can be shallow depressions, raised bumps or deep craters. These scars are more difficult to deal with because simple exfoliant scrubs are virtually ineffective against them.
Laser is a commonly suggested form of treatment. It’s an expensive procedure and requires several appointments. However, with a professional dermatologist this promises to be very effective against deep scars. Laser treatment involves the elimination of scarred skin to allow new skin to grow.
Dermabrasion is an aesthetic medical procedure where a layer of skin is removed through high velocity friction. This process can diminish acne scars but can also cause substantial pain so a topical anesthetic is often utilized. Again it is important to choose professional and highly competent dermatologists because botched dermabrasion treatments can make your scars worse.
How long do I have to wait?
This depends on the severity of your scars and the mode of treatment. It may take 1 week or 4 months to diminish acne scars. If you have acne along with acne scars then the first step is to clear out existing breakouts, and this in itself takes 4-11 weeks.
How do I avoid scarring in the first place?
Leave your acne alone. Don’t squeeze or pick them because this thrusts bacteria deeper into the skin where it damages more cells. Dabbing acne thrice a week with a topical antibiotic is a good way to minimize the possibility of scars. Look for products with bacitracin and neomycin, these are powerful compounds that will immediately inhibit and eliminate bacterial growth.