Scar removal treatments at home and in clinics
A budding pimple can be a painful sight but being reminded over and over again with an acne scar? That will be too much to handle. Everyone wants to have a clear, blemish-free skin but not everyone is keen on following specific skincare routines.
The way we take care of our body, inside and out, plays a major role in our skin’s health. Acne is a very common skin disorder affecting almost 50 million Americans annually and to date, there is still no one specific cause for acne. A big number of acne sufferers are adolescents, however, acne can affect anybody regardless of age, skin type, and ethnicity.
Why do I Get Acne Scars?
You might be wondering why you get acne scars and some people don’t. While there can be various factors that lead to scarring, let us simplify the scenario. Acne is like a wound and it can be considered skin damage.
The least you want to do is to expose the wound to harsh elements that would expose it in the open and hinder its healing. You need to treat the wound for it to heal faster and help it restore and heal with collagen.
This is where most people fail. Some use abrasive skin care products and some consciously pick on their acne. Both of these habits can worsen the inflammation and cause further skin damage. Some people develop another pimple even before the other one heals but this is more of an internal condition like hormones and genetics.
But acne scars can be diminished. As soon as the acne heals or even before that, there are proven ways to remove acne scars on the face, at home using natural ingredients or over the counter treatments and in clinics with the use of sophisticated machines.
DIY Acne Scar Treatments at Home
There are ingredients inside your kitchen cabinets and fridge that will not just nourish you in but also your skin. These are the recommended home acne scar treatments that will not hurt your skin and your budget:
- Coconut Oil
You can use coconut oil even on an inflamed acne. It has natural anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can speed up healing. You can use it as a spot treatment or as a moisturizer. Its moisturization can also boost collagen production to prevent scarring and diminish fresh acne scars.
For maintenance, you may also use coconut oil as makeup remover and overnight moisturizer. However, if you have oily skin, you might want to skip using it as a moisturizer.
- Cocoa Butter
This is a very important tip, choose 100% cocoa butter in cream or stick form. Cocoa butter comes in many forms, particularly focused on diminishing stretch marks and scars but not all come in the purest form and some might have fragrance in it. Cocoa butter is easily absorbed by the skin and can reach to the first and second layers and can moisturize and promote tissue regrowth. Make sure to exfoliate before use and massage in circular motion on the area with the scar, to maximize its benefits.
- Aloe Vera
Also known as the miracle plant, aloe vera offers a lot of medicinal benefits for the body like cure of inflammation, constipation, stomach ulcers and diabetes. For the skin, it gives a cooling, hydrating and antiseptic effect. Pure aloe vera gel can be used as a mask or moisturizer. You can also directly apply it on the acne scar and leave it overnight for the next 7 days and see how the affected area levels out. Unlike coconut oil and cocoa butter, aloe vera is suitable for all skin types, even those with oily skin.
- Witch Hazel
You have probably seen a lot of skin care products with witch hazel extract. This has proven how beneficial this plant extract is to achieve blemish-free skin. As you try to heal acne and diminish acne scar, you can use witch hazel in the affected area as an astringent, facial mist or can be mixed with your mild, oil-free moisturizer. It contains polyphenols to prevent aging and cellular damage.
- Tea tree
Also a favorite skin care ingredient, tea tree oil can help exfoliate the skin to reveal a new layer, shrink pores and minimize or fade scars. It can be used as a spot treatment or mixed with distilled water as a toner.
Over-the Counter Acne Scar Treatments
Should you not have the luxury of time to prepare the all-natural remedies, these over-the-counter treatments are the most recommended even by dermatologists:
- Salicylic Acid
Most suitable for people with oily skin, salicylic acid is not just an acne scar treatment but can also be used for acne prevention, however, in milder versions. It removes the old layer of the skin and increases collagen production to even out skin depressions. Read and follow the instructions carefully. Salicylic acid may not be compatible for people with dark skin tone.
This is the purest form of Vitamin A and is best for hyperpigmentation and shallow acne scars. It usually comes in cream form and it best used overnight. Retinol increases cell regeneration in the affected area making it plump and removing hyperpigmentations.
- Glycolic Acid
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that works by peeling off the topmost layer of the skin and must be used with utmost care. It is available in different potency and works best on shallow and superficial scars.
In Clinic Acne Scar Treatments
If you have some money to spare and would rather go to the skin experts to give you proper assessment and recommendations, these are the in-clinic treatments that you can choose from:
- Laser Treatments
These treatments aim to melt and evaporate the affected layer of the skin to improve or completely diminish acne scars depending on the severity. This process increases collagen production for the skin to heal and regenerate. May need repeat treatment sessions but is a proven solution to totally remove acne scars.
- Dermal Fillers
For scars that have been on your face for a while, dermal fillers are the best option. Fillers can add volume to the depressed areas totally eliminating the scars. The specialist will make you choose between collagen, hyaluronic acid, microdroplet silicone, Polymethylmethacrylate or your own fat as filler. Duration of effects lasts between 6 months to 10 years, depending on the filler.
Is an in-clinic treatment that uses a tool with an abrasive end. In essence, it creates smaller wounds in the affected area for it to re-heal itself. It also gets rid of the old layer of the skin, promotes blood circulation and speeds up collagen production.
How to Get Rid of Acne and Acne Scars Permanently?
Getting rid of acne mean getting rid of acne scars totally. One must remember that beautiful skin always starts from within:
- An easy-to-follow skincare routine
Cleanse-exfoliate-moisturize are the basic fundamental of skincare. If you have dry skin, exfoliation can be done once a week. For oily skin, 2-3 times a week exfoliation is highly recommended.
- Choose your skincare products wisely
Beauty comes with a price, that’s true. Cheap skincare brands would also resort to cheap ingredients. Watch out for products that use sulfates that can be abrasive to the skin.
- Use sunscreen
Prolonged sun exposure can further damage the skin. In can cause hyperpigmentation and speed up skin aging. Always protect your skin against UV damage with sunscreen. Choosing the right sunscreen is also important, choose oil-free, alcohol-free and water-based sunscreen and re-apply as needed.
- Stick to a healthy diet
Following the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables which is at least two cups of each daily, can hydrate your skin, give you the essential nutrients for cell repair and sustain your Vitamin C and E requirement. These vitamins are the skin nourishing vitamin that makes skin look young and radiant.
- Sleep 6-8 hours daily
The lack of sleep stresses the whole body, including our skin. It can cause overproduction of sebum that can start acne breakouts. Insufficient sleep can also make you lose interest in taking care of your skin due to anxiety and mood swings. Quality sleep helps the whole body restore itself down to the cells including our skin’s. Use relaxing sleep masks infused with lavender or chamomile essential oils to incorporate relaxation with your skincare routine.
- Stay hydrated
Enough water hydrates the body and balances its PH levels. Dehydration can manifest to the skin level and dry and cracked skin is more susceptible to bacteria. Drinking 10 glasses of water daily can make your skin look plumper and younger. The lesses acidic the body is the lessen sebum production in the skin.
Maintaining a clear and blemish free does not come in an instant. It is a result of combined and consistent effort to nourish the body inside and out. Although there are permanent remedies to remove scars, what will cost you less is always the best option. Like any other illnesses or disorders, acne and acne scars are better prevented than cured.