9 Important Facts To Know About Acne Scars

It’s a very happy day when you finally figure out what works to clear up your zits. After trying countless Pinterest hacks, slathering on every drugstore acne cream, and trying weird products, you’ve got the combination that’s right for your stubborn acne. It normally calls for a celebration, but that might be short lived because you might realize that you now have acne scars to deal with.

It’s a bit of a cruel twist, if you ask me. I would take acne scars over having to deal with period breakouts, but if I had my way, I wouldn’t choose either one of them, obviously. As we’re not in a perfect world where I get to choose these things, you might find yourself with acne scars and wondering what’s the best way to deal with them. Listen up, here are nine important facts to know about acne scars.

They Are Part Of The Healing Process

It would be nice if breakouts stopped and skin cleared up so it looked as flawless as a baby's. Unfortunately, that isn't reality. The fact of the matter is that acne scars are actually part of the healing process. Acne scars can happen whether you treat a pimple or not. Scarring happens when collagen and elastic tissue in the skirt aren't able to form properly because of the inflammation in the pimple. If you do see marks, the good thing is they will hopefully improve with time.

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There's A Difference Between Acne Scars And Marks

Do you use acne marks and acne scars interchangeably? Turns out there is a bit of a difference between the two. According to a Dr. Howard Murad video, acne scars are indents in the skin caused by severe acne that almost look like chicken pox. Acne marks are brown or red marks on an area of skin that is still smooth. Marks often fade with time. Note that some people sometimes refer to acne marks that haven't faded as scars, which is why there is confusion.

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The Sun Can Make Spots Worse

You might have heard the one about how a bit of sun can help heal acne. There is evidence to show the sun improves acne, but exposing skin to the sun still has other negative consequences like sun damage, burns, peeling, and pigmentation. Furthermore, the sun is actually no good for acne scars. If you have dark spots from acne, staying out in the sun unprotected can actually make them worse.

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Early Treatment Is The Best

There are certain things that could make your skin worse like picking it and attempting some *crazy* Pinterest DIY, but not doing anything can also be bad. The best thing to do is to start treating acne as soon as you get the breakouts. Acne creams can help heal breakouts which will hopefully reduce the severity of scars and marks. If you're a little late to the party, you can still be proactive by protecting skin from the sun and looking for post-acne treatment products.

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Picking Your Face Makes It Worse

You probably know by now how bad picking and squeezing pimples is. Well, squeezing acne marks is no good. It will not make them go away. It will just irritate skin which could make the marks more obvious or even cause an infection or more breakouts. The bottom line: Keep your hands off your face.

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Acne Scars Are Not Dirt

Acne scars are not the same as blackheads. You cannot dislodge them from skin. They are indents in the skin. And before you ask, brownish or purplish acne marks are not dirt either.

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Scrubbing Your Face Won't Make A Difference

To go along with the last point, acne marks and scars will not go away by scrubbing your face. All of the scrubbing will not wash them away. It also won't stimulate the face to make skin magically plump up. Of course, you will still want to wash your face to maintain your healthy skin. Just make sure that you don't over-scrub it because that can cause its own set of issues.

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Some People Put Lemon On Acne Scars

If you've ever found pictures of people rubbing lemons on their faces and wondered what it was all about, it wasn't so their faces could smell lemony fresh. Livestrong points out that lemons are an acid that people use to reduce redness, swollen pimples, and to fade acne marks. You will want to be careful because too much of it can cause irritation. Secondly, you will need to make sure you're wearing sun protection because the acidic juice from lemons can make skin even more sensitive to the sun.

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There Are Medical Treatments

Over-the-counter creams and home remedies aren't the only options for post-acne marks and scars. There are laser treatments which help smooth the skin as well as fillers. Yes, I'm talking needles. The idea with fillers is that they're injected into the scar to raise it for smoother skin. Of course, the medical treatments aren't without their own side effects so they're normally a last treatment option.

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