How To Lighten Acne Scars
Posted on: 12 October 2015
One of the most frustrating things about emerging from your teen years is how important it was for you not to pop your pimples. You might get out of your teens and make it into your twenties and thirties only to find that your face is covered in tiny white marks that you definitely assumed wouldn't happen to you back when you were popping those zits. As a teenager, you didn't really believe that scarring would occur and now you're paying the price. Here are some ways to lighten your acne scars.
1. Exfoliate Regularly
Once the acne scar is there, it's there to stay unless you regularly remove the skin that is on top of it and are able to expose it to some sort of product that will help lighten it. First, purchase a gentle exfoliant. Try to choose one whose ingredients match the ingredients of the products that you already have. This will help ensure that you will react well to it and that it will not irritate your skin. Depending on the strength of the exfoliant, exfoliate your skin two to three times per week in order to take off all of the dead skin on top and reveal the healthy, newer skin underneath.. Once you've removed the dead skin layers, take a cream that contains vitamin A or any other regenerative ingredient and rub some into your skin. This will help your skin turn over faster and start to lighten the acne scar embedded in it.
If exfoliating and regenerating your skin isn't enough, you are going to need to go to the office of a dermatologist and get a prescription for retinoids. Retinoids are creams that will increase the amount of collagen in your skin, raising the scar to the surface and reduce the color difference between the scar and the rest of your skin. Using these products for several months can even out your skin and cause your acne scars to fade by quite a bit.
3. Laser Therapy
Finally, if the retinoids also didn't work, consider using laser therapy. The laser will damage the second layer of your skin, causing your body to produce more collagen on its own to cope with the damage. The extra collagen will force the scar to the surface where it can be exfoliated and removed over time. Doing this helps your skin become smoother and look younger and healthier.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in acne treatment (such as Appearance Dermatology).Share