Having acne is a big enough struggle on its own. It can make you self-conscious, sad and it can be really painful as well. I’ve been dealing with it for almost my whole life, and while my skin is behaving at the moment, I still get really insecure about it. Even if you get your skin to a place where you’re comfortable with it, you might still have acne scars. And those can be just as painful to deal with.
There are different types of acne scars: ice pick, boxcar, rolling and keloid scars. Keloid scars are raised while the others are like pits in the skin. Regardless of what kind of scars you have, they’re all annoying to deal with. The good news is that acne scars are treatable with the right methods. Check out these tips on how to get rid of acne scars:
Regular exfoliation is important whether you have scars or not. Exfoliating helps lift off dead skin and promotes new growth. While exfoliating won't make your scars disappear, it can help them fade, which makes them easier to cover up. Don't over-exfoliate, though! Make sure you stick to exfoliating every three days (about 2-3 times a week).
Grab The Glycolic
Chemical exfoliation is also helpful in reducing the appearance of acne scars. Glycolic acid is wonderful if you're trying to fade red marks, hyperpigmentation or scars. My favorite way to do this is to use a glycolic toner at night a few times a week.
There's a lot of debate on this one, but I've seen results by applying vitamin E on scars. Applying vitamin E actually helped fade the scars from my knee surgery significantly, so it does work. If you have oily skin, vitamin E might not be your best bet. However, applying it to one specific scar regularly overnight can help heal your scar.
Guess what? The sun can make scars even worse! Basically, the sun is dangerous for your skin all the time. It doesn't help get rid of acne, and it certainly doesn't make your scars go away. If you want to heal acne scars, make sure you're wearing SPF every day!
Try Scar Treatment Products
I've been using products from ScarAway for almost three weeks now and am already seeing results. I've been using these discs overnight and their Rapid Repair gel during the day. Their products are clinically proven to work and are even used in hospitals, plastic surgeons and burn centers. I've seen improvement on some of my scars that are years old, which is a pretty big deal.
Unfortunately, acne scars do not go away overnight. Believe me, I wish they did! If you're really serious about getting rid of your scars, you need to be diligent about your treatments. Even intense products take time to work, and you might not see results for weeks. It's important to regularly keep up with your treatment strategy to see results.
See A Dermatologist
Some scars are really difficult to treat on your own, especially if they're deep. If you're not having any luck with at-home treatments, consider seeing a dermatologist about your options. There are several laser procedures that can get rid of scars as well as prescriptions that are stronger than over-the-counter products.
Do you have acne scars? What treatments have you tried? Have you had any success? Tell us in the comments!