Just when your skin seems to be clearing up and those pesky pimples seem to have finally stopped erupting, you might realize that in their wake, you’re left with acne scars. It is a cruel joke, but it’s often the case. Whether you picked those pimples or you managed to somehow resist the urge to, you could end up with some dark marks on your face where those pimples once were.
It really isn’t that surprising that you end up with a scar on your face when you consider how that massive whitehead took up a quarter of the space on your chin. Does that make it any less sucky? Nope. While we all know that acne scars suck big time, what you may not know is some of the facts about them.
It’s good to be informed about acne scars, because the more knowledgeable you are, the easier it is to make decisions that will hopefully stop those scars from becoming permanent. Check out 15 weird facts about acne scars you probably didn’t know.
1. There are “rolling” acne scars.
You’re probably getting a weird visual right now, aren’t you? Well, the “rolling” scars are actually what those dip/depression scars are sometimes referred to, according to Kids’ Health. TBH, dip is a much better name.
2. You can’t technically “remove” them.
You might be able to remove a blackhead, but you can’t technically remove a scar in the same way. Trying to extract a scar could actually lead to more scarring. The way to get rid of acne scars is by removing the layers of skin in a dermatologist-approved method.
3. Lasers can actually help with scarring.
Attacking your face with a laser might sound like a recipe for more scarring, but a laser session at a dermatologist’s office can actually help with those scars. The laser resurfacing removes the top layers of the skin, leaving the smoother, less scarred layers.
4. Skincare products can make your face worse.
If you’ve got scars, you’re probably stockpiling products to get rid of them, right? Sometimes this actually isn’t the best thing. If you start putting too many different things on your skin, it can lead to irritation. And acne scars and irritation is worse than just acne scars.
5. Botox can help.
It sounds weird, but when you think about it, it makes sense. Dermatologists can inject Botox, or similar substances, to raise indented scars, thus giving your skin a smoother appearance.
6. Going out in the sun can actually make your scars worse.
You probably know that the sun isn’t so great for your skin, but you might not have made the connection about acne scars. The issue is that being out in the sun causes tanning which means those red/brown acne spots can actually deepen in color.
7. Lemon can help with scars.
Are you a DIY skincare fan? Then you might know that lemon is a common treatment for acne scars. That’s because the acid in lemons helps to remove the top layers of skin, revealing the smoother, less scarred ones below. Although, I should point out that some DIY methods like rubbing lemon on your face can irritate your complexion.
8. Diamonds or crystals can be used to treat acne scars.
Don’t go rubbing your mom’s necklace on your face just yet. The stones in question are what some microdermabrasion devices are made with. The devices have crystal or diamond tips which rotate to abrade (aka remove) the top layers of skin, leaving the less scarred skin.
9. Baking soda can help clear up scars.
Here’s another interesting DIY for you. Baking soda can help treat acne scars. Mix it with a bit of water to form a paste and apply the mixture to your face. FYI: Baking soda is also sometimes used to treat pimples.
10. Light can be used for minimizing scars.
You might have heard about blue light therapy for treating acne, but light can also be used to treat acne scars. Red and blue light therapy can be used on acne scars to give your skin a more even appearance.
11. You cannot “cure” acne scars.
If we’re getting technical, you can’t “cure” acne, either. You can treat it, but you cannot technically cure it. As for acne scars, you cannot cure them in the traditional sense of the word.
12. Potato juice is another DIY alternative for acne scars.
Yes, potato juice. Not just potatoes. It might seem like a very specific thing, but apparently the juice in potatoes has enzymes which can help minimize the appearance of scars.
13. No one can predict who will get acne scars.
Science can do a lot of things, but it cannot predict who will get acne scars and who won’t. It’s all luck of the draw really.
14. Lots of needles can make your acne scars better.
In this case, I’m not talking about injections. I’m talking about a microneedling treatment. As you can probably guess from the name, it involves a procedure where tons of tiny needles go into the surface of the skin. If you’re still reading, these needles help stimulate collagen to form new layers of skin, thus helping to heal the scars. (Oh, and note that when you get the treatment, they do numb your face.)
15. Those who have more breakouts aren’t necessarily the ones who will get acne scars.
The Huffington Post points out that those who break out more frequently aren’t always going to be the ones who scar. You could be someone who gets zits occasionally, but every one of those zits could scar.
What fact did you find the weirdest? Let us know in the comments!
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