To some acne victim, the only chance of having a flawless, blemish-free, and smooth skin; is to check available face creams and taking oral medications to achieve the desired look. This treatment may quickly solve the problem but make sure that you are willing to accept other side effects on your skin.
Acne scars can be annoying and may also threaten your self-confidence to face other people.
The Difference of Acne Marks and Acne Scars
Treating acne scars and acne marks, are two different subjects. Yes! They are two different skin condition. The dark and pink dot on your face is not acne scar. The inflammation occurs on your skin because it is naturally part of the treatment process.
According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist and award-winning practitioner that inflammation causes the pigmentation production, leaving marks that may disappear on its own after a week or a month. Therefore, acne marks don’t have permanent damage of collagen on your skin.
However, acne scars occur when there is damage of collagen in your skin. It is where the production of collagen is not healthy and may appear as bumpy. There are types of acne scars:
- Depressed Scars – Appears to be depth
- Raise Scars – Appears to be soft and firm and that this kind of scar is permanent.
Dr. Whitney Bowe is a dermatologist, stated that there are scars appears to be thick and over healed like those of keloids, which damages the skin tissue. There is also atrophic scar which is a severe kind of injury on your skin. It is said to be the hardest kind of injuries to treat. The following are the category of atrophic scars:
- ICEPICK SCARS. Ice pick scar is a kind of damage which is deep and appears to punctured your skin. Production of collagen is significant to the surface, thus if there’s little collagen production the result will be injured and depressed scar. Ice pick scars is a condition that indicates that there is an infection in the sebaceous gland on your skin. Ice pick scar is not a natural condition on your surface.
TREATING THE SCAR. It is best to excise the scar in a little punch and suturing it but this only works for isolated ice pick scar, this is according to Dr. Gerald Imber, MD who is a surgeon. Another statement from Dr. Judy Hellman, MD that skin grafting is possible to fill in the scars on your skin and use radiofrequency to make it flawless. Radiofrequency is a device that can treat acne scar. The treatment includes the building of collagen inside and outside of the skin. The process involved using anesthesia, and the patient will undergo at least four stages using the device
- BOXCAR SCARS. Boxcar scars are known as depressed scars. It appears to be broader than ice pick scars. This kind of scar forms when there is little collagen production on your skin while healing the acne.
TREATING THE SCAR. According to Dr. Nada Elbuluk, MD, the use of a laser, radiofrequency and ultrasound may help to treat boxcar scars. She also mentioned that skin peeling might also help with the boxcar problem. The use of chemicals and retinoid may also increase the cells and boost up the collagen production on your skin. Thus it improves the condition.
Bellafill may also help in treating the condition. Bellafill is a kind of dermal filler and an FDA approved which is an implantation process where it corrects the small lines and nasolabial folds. Bellafill usually lasts up to eighteen months for treatment.
- ROLLING SCARS. Rolling scars are known to be depressed scars. It appears to be the round, smooth, and sloping formation of acne.
TREATING THE SCAR. According to Dr. Imber, micro fat and micro needling are the two best options in treating rolling scars. Microneedling can create wounds on your skin; your body has a natural way of controlling the healing process. This process can also boost up the amount of collagen in your skin. The micro needling process will take a lot of, but the treatment and result are both worth it. It improves depressed scars and layer of the skin is raised.
- KELOID SCARS. Keloids are known as raised scars; it appears to be reddish in fairer skin. And with darker skin, it seems to be pinkish according to Dr. Elbuluk.
TREATING THE SCAR. According to Dr. Elbuluk, that keloid will be treated by using injectables steroids that may help flatten the keloid scars. When keloid become reddish, then inflammation may present on your skin. The laser can also improve the condition by targeting vessels of the blood. Cryosurgery can be helpful too however it may cause pigmentation which is risky for people who have keloid scars
Prevention is better than cure, that’s why using scar minimizing and silicone gel while the acne breakout is still ongoing can help avoid keloid formation. You can also use such serum which contains Vitamin C, that may lessen the pigmentation development.
- FORMATION OF HYPERPIGMENTATION. Hyperpigmentation is caused by inflammation, and this results in the discoloration of the skin.
TREATING THE SCAR. To help in treating hyperpigmentation on your skin, you need to apply both hydroquinone and sunblock on your face. Hydroquinone is for bleaching to darker spots while sunscreen is vital to protect your skin away from the UV rays of sunlight. You can use other treatment such as glycolic acid that may help your skin layer on the upper part to remove the dark spots. You can also use retinoids to increase the cells on your skin. If that chemical treatment does not work, then you can use laser heal hyperpigmentation.
People desire an alternative which is safe and natural to treat acne scars caused by acne and pimples then you must try the following natural solutions:
- USE OF ALOE VERA. The fresh gel of aloe vera is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that may help fade acne scars. Aloe vera is safe and not toxic to the skin. It can’t irritate them, and it moisturizes naturally leaving your skin in a youthful, softer and healthier skin. Aloe vera gel is available in the pharmacy, but still, it is best to use the natural and fresh aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is a potted plant, it is easy to grow, and it has deficient maintenance. If you’re willing to use the fresh gel of aloe vera, then you need to break off a piece of the leaf, peel the outer part then slowly massage it on your face. Leave the gel for thirty minutes and rinse your face with cold or lukewarm water.
- USE OF BAKING SODA. Baking soda is a common ingredient to the kitchen. But aside from being a useful ingredient in some dishes, it can also help treat acne scars. Bakings soda has sodium bicarbonate that can exfoliate and cleans the skin. At least use one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of water to form a paste mixture. Gently massage on your face in a round motion. You can leave the application for two minutes. In this process, the pores will be cleansed and prevent blemish formation. Rinse your face with lukewarm water. You can put some moisturizer, coconut and olive oil to see best results.
- USE OF COCONUT OIL. Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that may help you in treating acne scars. You need a teaspoon of coconut oil then gently massage the oil on your skin particularly on the affected area using your fingertips. You don’t need to wash off the applied coconut oil on your face since it contains vitamins and fatty acids which are vital and can improve the skin texture. However, if the coconut oil is too thick on your face, then you may rinse it off with water using an organic cleanser after leaving it for thirty minutes.
- USE OF CUCUMBER. Cucumbers are a common natural treatment on your face. It is a vegetable with a hydrating power. It also contains vitamins A and C and magnesium which are known to be food for the skin. To use this vegetable on your face, just simply cut it in thin slices then apply it on the affected acne scars on your skin for thirty minutes. Rinse your face with cold water then you can repeat this application daily for best results.
Acne scarring is more at risk. Although we really can’t tell when and how these acne scars will develop. But basically, these scars are caused by inflammatory acne especially if not treated carefully. Acne can be a risk of acne scarring when a person pricks and squeeze it. Genetics can also be a factor of this condition. The earlier the acne treated, the more it is advantageous.
When treating acne scars, it is primarily best to apply those natural and organic treatments rather than using those synthetic medications. Which gives threat to your skin from the chemical side effects.