Are acne scars a problem for you?
Welcome to the club. 🙁
The one thing that totally sucks about acne scars is the fact that they’re essentially dark marks that stay on… well forever.
But not anymore. You can now say, “bye, bye” to acne scars. 🙂
Before you start shopping for the “best products for acne“, which all claim to get rid your skin of acne scars, here are the five things you can do to deal with these unsightly marks and get rid of them ASAP:
Topical Skin Brightening Creams
Skin brightening creams typically contain mild exfoliants and astringents such as: salicylic acid, tea tree oil, as well as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid.
How it works?
These creams are essentially exfoliators that supports a faster skin cell turnover rate allowing NEW skin to resurface, replacing blemished and wounded skin on the surface.
If lightening creams just really aren’t for you, some have opted for premium on spot correctors instead.
Note: Whatever you do, DO NOT bleach your skin.
Also, women who have darker skin should be a little more careful about using lightening creams and most especially bleaching, which can permanently alter the level of melanin in your skin causing the skin to become permanently hypo pigmented. 🙁
With laser treatments, it’s important to know that during treatment the skin is subject to either high or low intensity laser light.
The advantage of laser treatments?
Lasers highly targeted and hit the damaged patches of your skin right without damaging the healthy skin cells surrounding your acne marks.
Laser procedures also give your skin the added benefit of stimulating skin cell turnover by heating your skin.
There are a number of potential laser treatment options.
Make sure to research and ask your provider about Intense Pulsed Light Laser Treatment and laser skin resurfacing.
Laser treatments are either non-invasive or minimally invasive, while results become evident after a few days to a few weeks after treatment.
Typically several treatment sessions are required to achieve maximum results.
These treatments come in different strengths.
When going about a chemical peel, don’t do this yourself.
Doing this yourself puts you at higher risk of self-burning, permanent scarring and permanent skin discoloration.
So it is strongly advised that you seek the help of a professional.
During a chemical peel you can expect discomfort that typically includes: burning sensations, swelling, redness and peeling (all depending on the strength of the chemical formula to be used).
By using chemicals, the top layer of skin is eliminated to make way for new skin to surface.
You can expect to see visible results after the side effects have subsided.
Soft Tissue Fillers
This procedure involves the injection of moisture-rich and moisture promoting substances that include collagen and hyaluronic acid.
The fillers are used to fill in holes created by scar marks to lift up the scars causing temporary improvements to skin texture while also promoting more permanent improvements to your skin.
DIY Tangerine Mask
That’s because this fruit contains very high levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-Complex and carotenoids — requirements for skin to be renewed and repaired.
A Word On Hydroquinone…
Many skincare experts and even long-term users of hydroquinone-based products will highly recommend hydroquinone when it comes to treating dark marks, including acne marks as it’s super strong and efficient as f–k.
But what’s the catch?
Hydroquinone was once widely considered as the gold standard in lightening hyper pigmented skin, until the US Food and Drug Administration issued a 2006 ruling reversing a 1982 ruling made about the substance’s general safety use.
FDA recommended further studies following suspicions that hydroquinone may be carcinogenic.
The developments obviously have raised public alarm.
But hydroquinone remains to be available over-the-counter till today.