Genetics can play a very influential role in the forming of acne scars. Not everyone is prone to acne scarring, but it is a very common condition. Especially in adults, acne scars can be difficult to reconcile and get rid of on your face neck and back. The first rule to combatting acne scars is knowing how to avoid them in the first place.
Avoiding Acne Scars
When we go through puberty as early teens, hormones begin to change and react differently, causing acne to develop. This, of course, is a common occurrence, and it is important that when you are going through puberty, you take extra precautions to avoid any permanent damage, especially for those who are genetically prone to severe acne. Here are five sure-fire ways to avoid scarring:*
- Wash your face twice a day. Using warm water, a gentle soap or cleanser and your hands as a washcloth, prevent acne breakouts before they start.
- Do not squeeze or pop your pimples. This can irritate your skin and lead to creating permanent scar tissue.
- Avoid the sun. While some sun is good for your skin, too much of it can irritate and destroy surface cells, leading to severe acne breakouts. Always wear sunblock.
- Use topical treatments. It is absolutely important to find the right topical treatment for your type of skin. Learn more HERE.
- See a dermatologist. This is important particularly if you have severe acne. A dermatologist can help you get on an effective acne prevention plan, tailored specifically for your skin.
For all of these acne scarring prevention techniques, however, you still might develop some acne scar tissue later in life. When this happens, it is important to look to the following acne scar remedies for positive results.
Effective Acne Scar Remedies
There are three tried and true remedies for acne scars when they develop in your adult life: cortisone and fade creams, laser removal techniques, and yes, patience.
Cortisone is a carbon steroid hormone that, when applied topically in a medicated cream form, is absorbed by your skin cells, reducing redness, decreasing inflammation, and evening out deep pits left by acne lesions. Following this cream, there are several kinds of fade creams that would be beneficial to apply to your skin. These creams reduce the discoloration, called hyperpigmentation, left by acne scars to even out your overall skin tone.**
Sometimes, scar tissue can grow and dominate parts of your skin that one viable option would be to remove the scars via laser procedures. The three main procedures are: Laser Resurfacing, which removes the top layer of skin to make it smoother, Dermabrasion Process, which brushes the top layer of skin away to level acne scars, and Fractional Laser Therapy, which repairs the middle layer of skin to smooth out the surface. Though these procedures can be pretty expensive, they are surgery free and very effective in adults.***
Patience, in many ways, is the most important tool for clearing acne scars. After severe acne lesions form on your face or body, the skin naturally tends to repair itself over time, even if it takes a year or two. Being patient, avoiding irritating your skin, and keeping your skin clean and clear is the best thing your can do for your dermatological health.
All Summed Up…
Acne scarring is very common among adults, and it can be a long and involved process to get rid of scars. The best thing you can do is start early to prevent acne scars from forming to begin with, but there are several remedies to consider in order to reduce acne scarring at an older age.
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