Having acne as a teenager or adult is bad enough, but just when you see the size of the spot reducing you can then be plagued by the fact that it leaves a nasty red mark, or a dark mark if you have dark skin. Although acne scars aren’t itchy or painful like spots, they are still noticeable and can affect your confidence. Acne lesions can cause scarring even without picking the spot because of the collagen damage caused by the infection.
These scars can come in three different types: atrophic, which are shallow red marks; ice pick, which are long and come in clusters; and also boxcar-shaped. The good news about having acne scars is that treatments are being developed all the time to help combat this skin condition. Below, we offer some tips to help get rid of scars and highlight our best acne-beating products.
Avoid too much Sun
The UV rays in sun can cause acne scars to darken because it encourages the skin to produce excess melanoma which leads to darker pigments. This means that over exposure to the sun can slow the process of healing the skin, and could even lead to more inflammation. Make sure you apply SPF 20 or higher sun cream before going out for long periods.
Don’t Pick or Squeeze Spots
You must avoid picking or popping spots at all costs for various reasons: disrupting the spot causes the bacteria to filter into deeper layers of the skin, therefore aggravating the infection. Picking leads to further injury of the skin, as you break the dermis, and this leads to further inflammation, collagen loss and a larger, darker scar.
Experiment with Aloe Vera
The sap of an Aloe Vera plant contains natural moisturisers and helps to rejuvenate the skin. When rubbed onto the skin Aloe Vera penetrates the dermis and rejuvenates skin cells; therefore forming a layer of new, healthy skin cells over the top of the scar. You can simply squeeze sap from an Aloe Vera plant leaf straight to your skin or buy lotions containing the substance.
Use a medicated Cleanser
By using prescribed cleansers that contain acknowledged acne beating ingredients, you can help to regenerate your skin whilst keeping it bacteria free. Obagi Clenziderm MD: Daily Care Foaming Cleanser contains prescription strength salicylic acid which is derived from the bark of willow trees and helps to loosen dead skin cells. It also contains menthol which helps to calm irritated skin.
Banish Scars with Light Therapy
In order to beat new spots that appear and simultaneously face existing scars, you could try the revolutionary Lustre Pure Light Acne Treatment. This treatment works by filtering the blue light from the light spectrum which kills bacteria. This is a safe and gentle way of targeting bacteria and fading scars. Combined with cleansers and exfoliators it is proven to reduce acne without the need for oral medication or lasers.
Living with acne is tough but it doesn’t have to be impossible. By using the right products and taking good care of your skin you can see vast improvements. Remember as well to balance your lifestyle by eating healthily, drinking water and getting plenty of sleep.