While makeup and sunglasses may help conceal your zits as they’re causing chaos to your face and back, sometimes the acne scars they leave behind are worse than the blemishes themselves. Acne scars are caused by a loss of tissue at a site where acne has occurred. Since most people have at least mild acne at some point, acne scarring is very common. For some people, these scars are small and will fade over time, but for others the scars are severe and more permanent.
When acne appears on your skin, the bacteria that form around it will send a signal to your immune system to kick into gear and start healing process immediately. In an effort to heal your skin, scar tissue that forms can be blamed as the source for most of acne scars, flawing the faces of most individuals. Popping or picking at your pimples or cysts can also lead to major scarring long after your blemishes have disappeared. Not only are you causing further damage to your sensitive skin, you’re also introducing more bacteria than has already formed by breaking the skin.
Acne Scar Treatment and Prevention
The best way to prevent acne scarring is to treat acne early as possible and aggressively. There are a number of prescription and over-the-counter medications that can help clear acne. Once scars exist, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. Some possible solutions to acne scarring include, laser treatment, collagen injection and skin surgery. Anyone considering any of these treatments should speak to a dermatologist to determine the proper course of scar management.
The main key to seeing acne scars fade is patience. A few weeks after you break out and subsequently scar, new blood vessels move into the injured area to provide nourishment to the skin, which is why most early scars look pink. Months later, collagen (the building blocks of the skin) will start to reform, filling in the injured section of skin. Because cystic acne destroys skin and fat, it can take up to a year for the scars to fade.
Home procedures and home products can help treat mild acne. Acne prone skin tends to be very sensitive and therefore you should be careful before using at-home dermabrasion or chemical peel kits that you found in any drugstore. Moreover, if you have sensitive skin, you should avoid skincare products containing retinol or alpha hydroxy as the irritation is inevitable with these treatments.