Scars occur when we pop our pimples, but they can also occur from the damage caused by severe or inflammatory acne. And acne loves to leave its mark long after it’s gone.
When we have acne scars, it can be hard for us to see past the discoloration and uneven texture, and we wind up feeling defective and hopeless.
But if you’re worried about how to get rid of acne scars, then take a deep breath and know that you’re not alone and that there’s hope.
There are two major steps to treating acne scarring: reducing redness and improving texture.
When you have a lot of discoloration, just treating the inflammation alone can often improve the overall appearance of your scars. Discolored marks may even fade over time if you use sunscreen to prevent them from getting worse.
But who can wait? If you want to speed up the fading of discolored marks and smooth out textured areas in the process, then try these tips on how to get rid of acne scars at home.
o improve the discoloration and texture of your skin, you need to pick a product that promotes cell turnover (the rate at which your skin cells shed and are replaced). Rosehip seed oil contains a lot of a natural form of vitamin A which does just that.
Rub a little on freshly cleansed skin twice a day for several weeks to see results
Retinol products promote cell turnover and collagen development, helping to blend out textured scars and push out discolored cells. You can use it on the scarred areas only but using it all over will help prevent future acne, too!
Apply it once or twice daily for several weeks to improve your scarring. Breaking out from retinol?
Check out our article on How to Tell If You’re Purging or Breaking Out.
Microneedling involves using a rolling or stamping device fitted with hundreds of tiny needles which create micro-punctures in the skin. This superficially damages the scar to initiate skin repair for smoother, more even skin.
You can use smaller needle sizes at home (try the stamper version if you have acne to avoid) or visit your dermatologist for longer needles that produce even more dramatic results.
Skin acids work by, you guessed it, speeding up skin cell shedding. Glycolic acid is one of the more effective facial acids, enabling it to penetrate deeply into the skin’s pores for maximum results. Mandelic acid is a safe option for treating scarring on dark and sensitive skin types.
Use it in a leave-on product, or in a stronger formula as a chemical peel (see SEVERE SCARRING below).
If this is the case, you havea fewoptions:
Peels from your dermatologistcontain acids like those mentioned above,justin higher concentrations. They work in the same way as the kind you use at home, only on a deeper level.
Deep microneedling atyour dermatologist issuccessful intreating severe andpitted scarring. Your dermatologist can usea device withneedles up to 2mm,allowing it topenetrate the deep dermis.
However, laser resurfacing of the skin can be painful and expensive. Ask your dermatologist if it’s right for you.
When it comes to products that treat acne scars,nomatter which option(s) you choose, you need to be consistent and patient. Keep at it, and don’t be afraid to try a different method if the first one doesn’t work!
And now that you knowhow to get rid of acne scars, let’s keep the healing momentum going with some emotional treatment. After acne, many of us are not only left with deep, physical scarring but, as well.
Remember, even with acne and acne scars, you’re still beautiful and worthy.