How to Treat and Remove Acne Scars



Acne Scars Treatment

Acne has troubled men and women of all ages. Upon getting rid of red, painful acne, your face (and even back) will be left with acne scars. The good news is you don’t have to deal with acne bacteria. The bad news is the acne scars will linger on your face for weeks. Acne scars are darker than the surrounding skin. Hyperpigmentation is one of the main factors that make acne scars difficult to get rid of. People with darker skin tone (Hispanics, Africans, Indians) are more prone to acne scar hyperpigmentation. Caucasians are at risk of skin redness on the scar tissue. Because acne scars are disfiguring, more and more people are seeking ways how to treat and remove acne scars.

How to Treat and Remove Acne Scars

Before starting with any procedures to treat acne scars, it is important to determine the type of acne scar you have. Most acne scars are atrophic. Atrophic acne scars are shallow. Deeper acne scars such as ice pick-shaped and boxcar scars are harder to deal with than atrophic scars because deeper skin layers are involved. If you have acne scars at this very moment, reduce your exposure to the sun.

Hyperpigmented scars require a fading or skin lightening agent. Hydroquinone is the most popular bleaching chemical but it is starting to be replaced by safer vitamins, plant and mushroom extracts such as Kojic acid, alpha arbutin, vitamin C, reduced glutathione and licorice. Although papain is an effective skin whitener, it may be too harsh for fresh acne scars. Papain will cause a stinging sensation even on normal skin. Topical application of vitamin C can cause the skin to be dry so it’s very important that you moisturize daily. Use an oil-free moisturizer if you are still experiencing acne flare ups.

If your scar is fresh, it is recommended to rest it for a while before applying anything unto it. If you popped your acne, let it rest overnight before applying whitening or anti-inflammatory creams. Inflamed acne scars need anti-inflammatory agents. Hydrocortisone is the most used anti-inflammatory substance for acne.

Another way how to treat and remove acne scars is through microdermabrasion and dermarolling. Microdermabrasion or diamond peel removes a thin layer of the skin. When done repeatedly, it will reduce the depth of boxcar and ice pick-shaped acne scars. It will also help fade stubborn old dark scars. Dermarolling will stimulate collagen production. With this, the recessed scars are gradually lifted. However, microdermabrasion and dermarolling is not recommended for inflamed acne scars.