Having acne is one thing. Being left with the memories of them is another. But don’t worry, this acne expert has some advice that will help treat those scars.You finally succeed in clearing your acne, but sometimes you are left with scarring, which can often be as difficult to manage as the acne itself. So what do you do now? Will they ever go away? How do you treat it?
What are acne scars and how do they form?Scars from acne can vary in their appearance, depending on the type of scar and the cause of the scar itself. Scars are created when an injury occurs, whether you picked at your skin, or you have large, deep inflamed cystic acne. When it comes to scarring types, there are two major ones: pitted scars and PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) scars. Pitted scarring is actually caused by part of the healing process of acne. In the formation of, and increase in collagen, it floods the area and can potentially cause fibres to be laid incorrectly or disorganised, causing pitted or keloid scarring. This scarring is more common when the injury is more severe. Meanwhile, the PIH scarring is the result of pigmentation in the scar, which can be more easily treated. The most common causes of scarring are from either the inflammation of the pimple or from popping the pimple incorrectly. The proneness to scar and its severity is dependent on a few factors – age, race, and severity of the injury. Scars from acne can vary in their appearance, depending on the type of scar and the cause of the scar itself. Scars are created when an injury occurs, whether you picked at your skin, or you have large, deep inflamed cystic acne.
How do you prevent them from forming?The most common causes of scarring are from either the inflammation of the pimple or from popping the pimple incorrectly. The proneness to scar and its severity is dependent on a few factors – age, race, and severity of the injury. This is honestly best left in the hands of professionals who can ensure that the full root of the pimple is drained and the skin is left clean and clear. Regular facials and a good skincare program will help to reduce your acne in the first place, which once again will prevent the issue of scarring.
Can they be eliminated?Acne scarring can definitely be reduced and treated, and sometimes it can be fully eliminated. However, in some cases we can only reduce the appearance of scarring. It is dependent upon how intense the scarring of the skin is and how the skin reacts to treatments.
What topical creams and treatment should I be using to help treat and fade acne scars?
The best ingredients to help with pigmented scarring are Vitamin C, AHA, mild BHA, and Canandian Willowherb. All these ingredients help fade the colour, which instantly makes a difference to the appearance of the scar. The other way is to be on a tyrosinase inhibitor- this is an ingredient that slows down the over production of melanocytes that cause the pigment to come up too quickly, which in turn, helps protect the skin as much as possible. By protecting the skin and reducing the pigmentation, you instantly reduce the appearance and possibility of scarring. If it is pitted scarring, than the two best options are fraxel laser treatments (this does have downtime, so the skin may suffer a little trauma in the road to recovery) and dermal needling. No topical products will eliminate pitted scarring.