Acne Scar Skin Care
Nearly anyone who has ever had acne can experience scarring. The question then becomes what are the best types of acne scar skin care? Are there treatments or homemade methods that can help?
Why does Acne Cause Scarring?
Thus far dermatological studies have failed to figure out how to predict who may get acne scars other than genetics. If someone in your family had scarring from acne, your risk of getting scars increases. This is why dermatologists strongly recommend early acne treatment for anyone who has a family history of severe acne and/or acne scarring.
Types of Acne Scars
Before getting into acne scar skin care, first let’s understand the types of scars that acne leaves behind. There are basically four types of scars left behind by acne.
Icepick Acne Scars
The first is called an icepick scar. This looks like a small indentation as if an tiny ice pick had been thrust into that spot. Because these scars are very deep they usually require some type of skin resurfacing treatment.
Boxcar Acne Scars
The second type of acne scar is a boxcar. These are oval in shape and depressed into the skin. If these scars are shallow they’re respond to skin resurfacing.
Rolling Acne Scars
Finally there are rolling acne scars. As the name implies this gives the skin a rolling appearance because the tissue beneath has been scarred. The only way to fix this is by breaking up the underlying fibers.
Pigmentation Acne Scars
The fourth type of acne scar is simply pigmentation scarring. This will slowly fade but that does not make it comfortable to live with for the weeks or months during which your skin is trying to heal.
Acne Scar Skin Care 101
While acne scars won’t be cured by using over-the-counter products or home cures, there are things you can do to decrease how noticeable they are and to protect your skin from further damage. Specifically, wear a good sunscreen. Over-exposure to UV rays undermines your skin’s ability to heal itself effectively.
Additionally use a product that includes Retin-A or tretinoin. Products that include this ingredient fight inflammation and supports healthier skin. Other components that are good for acne scar skin care include Alpha-Hydroxy acids and Beta Hydroxy Acid because they help balance out the skin’s pH factor, along with Vitamin E because its an anti-oxidant vitamin that aids healing.
Third, when you have acne try to avoid picking at scabs, using harsh cleansers, and over-scrubbing. All of these actions can do more harm than good and contribute to scarring.
To Treat or Not?
One of the frustrations with acne scar skin care is that many scars need professional assistance. Unfortunately these kinds of treatments typically come under the title "cosmetic surgery” and won’t be covered by your insurance. The cost factor is something that should be considered before you take this step.
If you cannot afford dermatological treatments then scar creams and gels are probably your best bet. They will diminish the visibility of the scars, reduce discoloration, and also nourish your skin to keep it healthy. While these products generally cannot get rid of acne scars, some scar creams and gels can help.