5 Tricks to Get Rid of Acne Scars
It’s estimated that 17 million people in the United States suffer from some sort of acne - that’s a lot of people! Unfortunately, acne can leave scars and marks that might negatively affect the way someone feels about their skin. Why let acne traumatize you twice? Even if you’re left with marks or scars, there are many tools available to lessen their appearance and prevent their reappearance. Here are five tricks to get rid of acne scars:
Sunscreen is great for a lot of reasons, but did you know that it can help protect against darkening of acne scars? According to WebMD, ultraviolet rays stimulate melanin production, which results in darker pigmentation. Exposing your skin to the sun too much can make acne scars a lot worse, and create dark spots even where you don’t have acne scars! Make sure to use broad spectrum sunscreen, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Hydroquinone is one of the most effective dark spot lighteners available on the market. Here’s how it works: it blocks the production of melanin by inhibiting the enzymes that create it (like tyrosinase). This means that current dark spots are broken down, and future ones are prevented from developing. There are a lot of articles on the web that question hydroquinone’s safety, but there is no doubt that it is effective at lightening dark spots. Like most things, it works if you follow the directions and use it appropriately. You can read more about hydroquinone here.
Don’t pick or squeeze the scars
This should be a no-brainer, but it can be really hard to avoid - especially if you are naturally a picker. Picking and squeezing acne scars can further damage your skin though, and make the marks even worse. Irritating the skin this way slows down the healing process, and can prevent you from feeling comfortable in your skin.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Vit. C is essential for collagen biosynthesis. It has been proposed that Vit. C influences quantitative collagen synthesis in addition to stimulating qualitative changes in the collagen molecule. Vit. C serves as a co-factor for the enzymes prolysyl and lysyl hydroxylase, the enzymes that are responsible for stabilizing and cross-linking the collagen molecules.” This is a fancy way of saying that Vitamin C can help stabilize the collagen in your skin, mitigating the effect of pits and marks.
They seem to be everywhere - yogurt, kefir, pills, and so on! Probiotics are all the rage for a good reason though - they have a lot of proven benefits! Besides improving digestion (which decreases instances of inflammation), clinical examples are showing positive results for acne scarring as well. In fact, some doctors are even starting to prescribe probiotics, whether in supplement form or making them part of your diet!
Acne is no fun, and sometimes it’s impossible to completely avoid getting marks or scars. Thankfully, there are a lot of tools and tricks to minimize the effects of acne after it goes away. To learn more about improving your skin care routine, check out our blog!