Acne scars are a common companion to acne itself. They are caused when acne finally bursts through the walls of the follicles, leaving a minor lesion. Acne scars are extremely common and usually require little to no treatment.
However, if you suffer with quite serious acne, or have a compulsion to pick at your spots, acne scarring can occur more intensely and become more prominent. If this is the case for you, acne scars may affect your self-confidence and ability to achieve everyday goals.
This article will discuss the different formations that acne scars can take, as well offer advice on how to reduce the appearance of these imperfections.
Will my acne scars go away?
The good news is that on average it takes around 3-6 months for an acne scar to fade completely. Therefore, a majority of acne scars will require no cosmetic treatment, or even any specific skincare product, to help them fade away. But if your acne is very severe, it can lead to more prominent scarring. If your scarring is causing indents or bumps to form on to the skin, this could be a sign that the damage is a lot more serious and forming deeper into the skin.
Is it possible to remove acne scars permanently?
There is a collection of cosmetic laser treatments available to reduce the overall appearance of excessive scarring. It must be mentioned that these treatments are not available through the NHS, as they are viewed as a non-essential cosmetic treatment. Therefore, some treatments can cost between £500-£1,000, which can be very expensive, depending on your budget.
One of the laser treatments used to remove acne scars is Dermabrasion. This involves removing the upper layer of your skin using either a laser or wire brush used specifically in this type of treatment.
Another type of laser treatment is referred to as Ablative Laser Treatment, which uses lasers to remove a small section of affected skin. This, in turn, helps for a new and smoother section of skin to appear through.
A third type of laser treatment is Non-Ablative Laser Treatment. This treatment uses a collection of lasers to promote collagen production within the skin, to help increase cell turnover and give you a more attractive complexion.
Although these treatments may not remove scarring permanently, there are a wide selection of successful treatments and remedies available to help improve your skin and overall confidence.
It is important to remember that acne scars are very commonplace and explore the story that your body went through as you were growing up. If you can afford cosmetic treatments, such as laser treatments, be patient and the beneficial results will eventually shine through.
There is a wide selection of successful treatments and remedies available to help improve your skin and overall confidence.
Types of acne scars
There are three types of acne scars that are commonly found amongst the general population.
The first type of acne scar is called an ‘Ice Pick Scar’. This scar is composed of small, deep holes that cover the surface of the skin.
The second type of acne scar is referred to as a ‘Rolling Scar’. These scars are formed underneath the skin, which gives the skin and uneven texture.
Finally, the third type of acne scar is named a ‘Boxcar Scar’. This particular scar creates round indents within the skin, giving the appearance of craters on the skin’s surface.
How to treat acne scars at home
Luckily, there a variety of home remedies to help tackle the appearance of acne scars, as well as nourish your skin as a whole.
Throw out old skincare products that damage the skin barrier
As much as you might hate to admit it, your favourite skincare product might be doing more harm than good. Some products may be too abrasive or irritating for your skin, causing it to become inflamed, red or overly sore.
If that is the case, try using skincare products with soothing agents such as aloe vera, to help you achieve a calmer and more even complexion.
Keep your pores clean with a good face cleanser
Acne develops when our pores become clogged with oil, dirt, hair or other toxins. Thus, it is important to keep your pores clear to prevent future breakouts, and indeed, scarring.
However, it is important to cleanse the face with soothing ingredients so that our skin does not become overly irritated or damaged. For example, the ‘Deep Clean Detox Cleanser’ form Osmosis Skincare, is the perfect cleanser to help reduce acne scarring. This product removes makeup, dirt and oil from the skin, helping to clear your pores and reduce the risk of acne breakouts. The ‘Deep Clean Detox Cleanser’ is currently available for £21.95 on the Dermoi online store.
Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid for Sensitive Skin
Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), which is an oil-soluble acid, that is often used to treat acne. This is because salicylic acid helps to remove dead skin and bacteria from the surface layer of the skin. Therefore, this product helps to exfoliate and purify the skin, helping pores to remain clear and less likely to form acne.
If you have sensitive skin, you may find lactic acid more suitable. Lactic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), meaning it is a water-soluble acid. Like salicylic acid, lactic acid helps to remove toxins and dirt from the upper layer of your skin, helping to further cleanse your pores. The reason that lactic acid may be more suitable for sensitive skin is that it is less abrasive yet is still able to penetrate deep within the skin’s surface, giving you effective results.
Sometimes glycolic acid is necessary
Glycolic acid is very similar to salicylic acid, in the sense that both products help to clear the pores of unhealthy bacteria and dead skin. Glycolic acid breaks down dead skin in order to make way for the skin’s renewal process, giving you clearer and revitalised skin. It should be mentioned that glycolic acid can be quite potent, so try using a higher concentrate 2-3 times a week, to reduce the chances of your skin becoming overly sensitive or damaged.
Stimulate skin cell turnover with Vitamin A
Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, is a powerful antioxidant that aids in boosting collagen production within the skin. Retinol also helps to unclog affected pores, which helps other acne treatments to become more effective. With clearer pores and increased cell turnover, your skin will appear more youthful and plumper.
Look for products with Niacinamide
Niacinamide is an essential nutrient within the body and is form of Vitamin B-3. This nutrient helps to regulate healthy functioning in the skin, kidneys and brain. By incorporating this ingredient into your skincare routine, your skin barrier will be better supported. Niacinamide helps to reduce the size of pores, improve the skin’s overall texture and balance oil control, helping to keep pores clear and breakouts at bay.
Wear sunscreen and allow your skin to heal
Sunscreen is a vital product that contributes to the wider health of our skin. Yet, many of us only wear it when we are sunbathing. Sunscreen protects our skin from the damage caused by UV rays, helping to keep it hydrated, clear and healthy. By using sunscreen every day, your skin will become less inflamed, have reduced hypermigration, such as scaring, and protected against skin cancer and other illnesses.
Keep your skin clear from the inside out with skin supplements
Skin supplements have revolutionised the skincare industry by allowing us to tackle skin issues at their root cause. Try using a supplement such as Vitamin C, which helps to boost collagen production deep within the skin. In turn, this helps to improve cell turnover and create a new skin surface that reduces the sight of acne scars.
Facial treatments can make all the difference to acne scaring
If you are looking for a non-abrasive and soothing treatment for acne scars, why not book a healing treatment from Dermoi? There is a wide variety of treatments, all tailored for individual types of skin.
For example, Vitamin A infusion treatments are perfect for reducing the sight of acne scarring as they help to revitalise the skin and prevent future outbreaks. Dermoi offers the ‘Osmosis Acne Healing Treatment’ for just £95.00. This facial treatment offers a high concentrate of Vitamin A, as well as other effective products to help soothe the epidermis and reduce inflammation, helping to fade acne scarring.
Adding on to this, chemical peel treatments are also effective in reducing the sight of acne scars, as they help to actually shrink the scars themselves as well as promote healthy cell turnover.
Currently, Dermoi offers the ‘Bespoke Signature Peel’ from PCA Skin’s, available for £135.00. This treatment uses a collection of high-grade products to increase collagen production within the skin, allowing new skin cells to be produced and replace damaged areas of skin.
Although acne scars can be a minor issue for many of us, they can still affect some people greatly. Fortunately, there are a variety of accessible treatments, available at a selection of price points.
So, if you feel that acne scars are holding you back, try exploring the collection of treatments we have discussed in this article and gain your confidence back.
Author: Melody Day