Acne is frustrating, but what can be worse is when acne leaves scars long after it has been cleared up. The good news is that acne scars can be treated and you can make them go away. Acne scars can definitely be treated in your dermatologist’s office, but there are also treatments you can do at home to make those annoying spots go away. First of all, figure out what type of acne scars you have. This can help you find a treatment that will work the most effectively.
Here are the different types of acne scars:
- Boxcar scars.1 These can be shallow or deep scars, but are generally wide, U-shaped scars with sharp edges.
- Ice pick scars. 1 These scars are narrow, V-shaped scars. They might look like a chicken pox
- Rolling scars. 1 These are wide scars that usually have rounded edges and an irregular appearance.
- Dark spots. 1 Dark spots are very common, dark discolorations that are left after a pimple goes away. They generally fade on their own.
There are many different at-home treatments you can try. Look for products with the following ingredients:
- Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). 1 AHAs help remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. They can help get rid of acne scars.
- Lactic acid. 1 Lactic acid is often in peels and serums that help improve texture and can lighten acne scars. You can use diluted apple cider vinegar because of its natural lactic acid as well.
- Topical retinoids. 1 Retinoids can help speed up cell regeneration and improve skin’s texture. They can also help make acne scars less noticeable.
- Salicylic acid. 1 Salicylic acid is helpful for acne, but it can also be good for acne scars. it will clear your pores, reduce redness and exfoliate skin.
- 1 While you are treating your acne scars, your skin may become more sensitive to the sun. The sun could also make your acne scars worse, so make sure you use sunscreen when you go outside, especially on your acne scar spots.
If you are ready to see your dermatologist, ask about the following procedures to get rid of acne scars:
- 1 You can get microdermabrasion kits at home, but your dermatologist can more deeply exfoliate your skin. This helps to get rid of scars closer to the surface.
- Chemical peels. 1 Chemical peels are made with strong acid to remove the top layer of skin, which helps reduce deep acne scars.
- 1 This treatment uses a small, needle-studded roller to puncture the numbed skin to help get rid of acne scars. It could take a while for your skin to heal, but over time the treatment could help produce collagen, which helps get rid of acne scars.
- 1 If you have really deep, hard to remove acne scars, your dermatologist may do surgery to remove them.
Do you experience acne scars? What is the most effective treatment you have found to get rid of these annoying scars?
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1 – Healthline