How To Smooth Out Acne Scars
When acne heals, it often leaves a sufferer with unsightly acne scars, pockmarks and blemishes, and to make matters even worse, the scars can remain visible for several years. As such, acne scarring is just as much of a nightmare as acne itself.
Fortunately there are nowadays several options people can choose in order to get rid of acne scars, both natural and medical. With that said, most of these methods are designed to get rid of scarring caused by relatively mild cases of acne. Sever scarring on the other hand may require surgery or perhaps skin resurfacing.
You can visit any pharmacy, drugstore, or online vendor, and you’ll see a mind boggling number of products available for treating these scars. Some acne treatments are known to be very effective, but one needs to bear in mind that if you have serious scarring, going to see a doctor would be your best bet.
Doctors also advise using non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic moisturizers on the affected areas. In this way, the skin is hydrated, moisturized and nourished with the necessary nutrients for good skin health, which leads to its better appearance.
Those who have acne scarring should also consider using a triple antibiotic ointment. These ointments help to prevent a recurrence of bacteria while at the same time lessening the appearance of the existing scars. Apply the ointment directly on the affected areas, leave it on overnight, and then wash it off in the morning.
For lightening the appearance of the hyper-pigmented skin, oxygenated water can also be used. Using oxygenated water will cause color differences between healthy skin and scarred skin, but this is only temporary, and by the morning it will have faded away entirely.
Herbal Acne Scar Remedies
Contrary to what some people tend to believe, there are several herbs and essential oils that can help in lightening the scars. In fact, some remedies can even eliminate scarring altogether. With that said, it’s advisable to discuss the use of such remedies with a doctor in case you have any allergies.
Aloe vera gel has been used for centuries to bring back healthy skin. Ready-to-use topical aloe vera is available in many stores and sites.
Honey has antibacterial properties as well as the ability to soften the skin. Apply honey on the affected area, massage for a few minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water.
Olive oil is not considered the miracle oil for nothing. Its moisturizing property softens the skin’s texture and, hence, lessens the prominent look of the scars.
Rosehip seed oil is the most common of the essential oils used in scar removal with the added benefit of lessening wrinkles, rejuvenating the skin and preventing sun damage. This should be massaged into the affected are twice daily.
Tomatoes are an abundant source of Vitamin A, which is also present in its derivative forms in medications like retinol. Its main effect is in stimulating collagen production, thus, healing the skin of its scars. Just slice up a tomato and place on the scars at least 2 times a day.
It is possible to smooth out acne scars with the above mentioned methods. The trick then is to prevent any future breakouts to give the scars time to heal but this topic is also covered in another article.