Acne can leave scars that remain long after the acne has cleared up. Depending on the severity of the scars you have many options that include acne scar removal at home and with natural remedies through to fairly serious cosmetic surgery.
The scars occur either because of the severity of the acne or because the acne sufferer has been impatient with their spots and squeezed and picked them. so the number one tip is never squeeze a spot. I know you have probably heard this a thousand times before but you need to realise that squeezing or picking spots will just damage the skin and spread the bacteria, both of which may contribute towards acne scars.
It will help to reduce the spots as quickly as possible but this is best done by drying them out. my favourite methods for doing this are:
- For Individual Large Spots, you can apply a small blob of toothpaste. Apply only to the spot and keep the paste off surrounding skin. never use whitening toothpaste as this contains bleach. When you try this for the first time leave the toothpaste on for 15 minutes then wash off. if you have no adverse reaction you can build the time of the treatment and possibly leave it on overnight. It will dry out the spot and kill bacteria
- For larger areas of Acne try milk of magnesia. You can apply the lotion neat from the bottle. just allow it to dry on your skin then rinse off with warm water. again it will dry out acne, kill bacteria and tighten your skin.
If you have scarring already here are the options.
- Try exfoliating the area. by gently rubbing away dead skin cells you may reduce the appearance of the scars. You can use an exfoliating cream or make your own scrub with a handful of finely ground oatmeal, a large spoonful of honey and a teaspoon of baking soda.
- Lavender oil will moisturise the area and promote growth of new skin cells
- Vitamin E oil will do a very similar job. You can open Vitamin E capsules and gently rub the oil directly on the scarred skin.
- Rosehip seed oil has also been used effectively
- Gently rubbing the inside of orange peel on the scar is also a good way of reducing the scars.
If you have no luck treating the condition at home you may need to speak to a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.
The options the medical profession have are:
- Chemical Peel. A fairly harsh treatment that will remove several layers of skin. You will need a hospital stay and several weeks of recovery
- Laser Peel. again harsh with long recovery time
- Collagen injections can be used to plump up the skin and make scars disappear but you will need repeat treatments.
There are many options for you if you suffer from acne scars, of course the best way is to avoid scars in the first place but we are all human and not many can resist squeezing.
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