How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Once and for All
Acne is without a doubt the purest form of evil. Just when you thought you've cleared it up, it will sometimes leave its mark in the form of a scar, and you're left to remember it for the rest of your life. Terrible, right? Not so fast—though remedying a scar is no easy feat, it can be done. You just have to take into consideration what type of scar it is, how deep the lesion is, etc. So to help figure out how to remove acne's very unwanted souvenirs, we turned to three different skin experts who offered a wealth of knowledge.
To read their tips for sending scars packing, keep scrolling!
First things first, it's important to know what an acne scar actually is: "Acne scars are the result of inflammation within the dermis that triggers the skin to produce pigment cells. These must be cared for properly to expedite the fading and healing process to prevent long-term damage to the skin," says celebrity esthetician Renee Rouleau. She also offers welcomed news, saying that many times scars will, in fact heal on their own over time but that (thankfully) you can expedite the process. Take a look at the below tips to find out how!
These types of scars are tricky, because they resemble the look of a blemish even though it's just a breakout's aftermath. Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell, founder of VMV Hypoallergenics says to apply her Red Better Flare-Up Balm followed by daily sunscreen. She suggests using ingredients that repel visible light like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, and iron oxide. And yes—visible light includes computer screens, too, so consider this while spending time in front of your screen(s).
Rolling scars have rounded and sloping edges. Verallo-Rowell says that the fastest way to treat these is through seeing your dermatologist and having them inject fillers just below the surface of the scar. After doing so, you can see results after just one session, but the looks of the scar will improve after each subsequent visit.
Another option is to use a chemical peel and microdermabrasion, but several treatments may be necessary.
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Box scars have more defined and steeper edges than rolling scars. Verallo-Rowell likes to combine chemical peels and microdermabrasion (like the above product) to round up the edges a bit, but prefers to use fillers to fill them up afterwards. You can also try Intense Pulsed Light (IPL).
A third type of indented scar is an icepick scar which is narrow and thin and looks just like its name. These are the most difficult kind of scar to remove, and may require a dermal punch (a procedure that actually punches out the skin) or the use of ablative lasers.
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Says Rouleau, "Since an acne scar is inflamed skin, using calming and soothing ingredients on it will help to sedate the irritated skin tissue. Use products with the following ingredients: White Tea, the most potent antioxidant blend of all teas, green tea, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, and trehalose, an antioxidant cell protector."
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According to Verallo-Rowell, the best treatment is avoidance: "Treat the acne early, use silicone gels early, avoid infections, and treat immediately when they do," she explains. Adds Tanzi, "The prevention of a scar is far easier than the treatment of one," so it's best to utilise aggressive treatment as soon as acne forms.