Having acne scars is a medical issue that affects millions of people. Sometimes these scars are mild and disappear on their own, but other times they leave permanent marks on our skin that last a lifetime. We do not have to live with acne scars all our lives, there are remedies and procedures that can help our skin rejuvenate. Depending on how severe the problem is, we can choose one of the following options or a combination of them.
1. Home remedies
Using home remedies to treat acne scars is the safest and most natural way since it does not have any side effects that pharmaceutical products may have. It is also the most affordable option and you will probably already have these staple foods and ingredients at home. You can make DIY face masks from ingredients like lemon, honey, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, olive oil, lime, aloe vera, sage, turmeric, baking soda, coconut oil and ice. Most of them are natural moisturizers and are very rich in vitamins and minerals. Lemon juice has bleaching properties which will help remove dark spots and pigmentation.
2. Acne scar creams
There are really a lot of these creams on offer, but you, of course, need to find the one that works well fast. Keep in mind that you have to deal with two aspects of acne marks: the first one being uneven skin and the second one discoloration. A good cream will address both issues. It should also contain natural organic ingredients and the bare minimum of chemicals if any. Ideally, the cream would improve the texture of your scars without causing new breakouts, it would even out the pockmarks, bumps and holes, fade dark spots, neutralize discoloration and have fast, long-lasting effects. When choosing your cream, you should look for creams that contain cortisone if you are dealing with redness, swelling and inflammation, and if you are only looking to deal with dark spots, choose creams that contain Kojic acid, arbutin and Vitamin C.
3. Laser skin resurfacing
If after having applied creams, ointments and face masks you still have scars and dark spots on your face, it is a good idea to consult with a professional. A dermatologist will be able to advise you on the best cosmetic procedure for your skin and condition. Basically, there are several laser procedures available.
- Ablative lasers use multiple focused beams of laser energy to penetrate the skin at various depths, depending on the need, and they deal with deep wrinkles, skin texture and discoloration allowing the smoother skin to replace the old skin.
- Non-ablative lasers work on boosting your skin’s collagen production without obstructing the surface of your skin. They beam through the skin and are usually painless. This procedure removes mild wrinkles, redness, pigmentation and unwanted hair.
- Fractional skin rejuvenation, also called Fraxel laser treatment, is the latest procedure is and it is sublative, which means that it works at both the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin, combining the previous two methods into one. It deals well with signs of ageing, sun damage and especially acne scarring. Unlike traditional ablative and non-ablative modalities, it is useful on the neck, chest and hands as well, but it tends to work better on dark skin types.
It is important to take your skin seriously and not make the problem worse by picking or squeezing your acne. Don’t touch them with unwashed hands and leave them alone when not applying remedies. Stay out of the sun, use sunscreen with a high SPF and seek professional help if your scars don’t disappear.