In todays article we will be looking at how to get rid of acne scars at home. We will go through the different types of acne scars and there treatment as some scars are treated differently from others. If you are unsure that your scars can be treated at home we would recommend seeing a health care professional. There are topical treatments, rollers and lights which can all help with the reduction and removal of scarring and then there are also specialist treatments. It is important that you have your acne under control before you start treating your scars.
For those that don’t want to read the whole article, our recommendations and links are below.
The one product that stands head and shoulders above the rest is Revitol and this can treat all types of scarring and all skin types.
Project E Beauty has a range of lights and other associated scar treatment products and they are also highly recommended.
Types of Acne Scars
Acne scars fall into two main categories: those caused by a loss of tissue (atrophic scars), and those caused by an excess of tissue (hypertrophic scars). Within these categories, there are four main types of acne scars: ice pick, boxcar, rolling, and keloid scars.
There are procedures, though, that can improve the look and texture of your skin. Your options depend on the type of scarring you have. Most people have more than one type of scarring on there skin, so you might need a few different treatments to see the best results.
Ice Pick Scars
Ice pick scars are deep, very narrow scars that extend into the dermis.
The skin looks as if it has been pierced by an ice pick or sharp instrument. Ice pick scars seem to make a small, thin, deep hole into the skin. Some may look like a large, open pore.
Ice pick scars develop after an infection from a cyst or other deep inflamed blemish works its way to the surface. Skin tissue is destroyed, leaving a long, column-like scar.
Boxcar scars are round or oval depressions with steep vertical sides. Wider than ice pick scars, boxcar scars give the skin an uneven, pitted appearance.
When an inflammatory breakout destroys collagen, the tissue is lost. The skin over this area is left without support, creating a depressed area. Boxcar scars can be superficial to severe, depending on the amount of tissue lost.
This type of scarring causes rolling or wave-like depressions across otherwise normal-looking skin. Rolling scars differ from boxcar scars in that they aren’t sharply defined. The skin itself looks uneven and craggy.
Rolling scars arise when fibrous bands of tissue develop between the skin and the subcutaneous tissue below. These bands pull the epidermis, binding it to deeper structures of the skin. It is this pulling of the epidermis from within that creates the rolling appearance of the skin.
Hypertrophic and Keloid Scars
Hypertrophic scars are firm, raised scars that grow above the surface of the skin. Hypertrophic scars caused by acne are most often found on the torso, especially in men, but they can happen anywhere on the body. Hypertrophic scars are more common after a deep wound or trauma.6
Keloids are a more severe type of raised scar. They differ from hypertrophic scars in that keloids grow larger than the original wound. They can send out raised, lateral shoots that expand much farther than the wound itself, and can continue to grow long after the original wound has healed. Some people are more prone to developing keloids.
Unlike ice pick and boxcar scars, hypertrophic scars are not caused by a loss of tissue. Rather, they develop because of an overproduction of collagen. In the case of keloids, it’s as if the skin doesn’t know that the wound has healed, and continues to produce collagen.
The real term here is Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and this is caused by discoloration left on the skin after a pimple has healed and it isn’t a true acne scar. It’s extremely common for people with acne.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a flat area (neither raised nor pitted) that ranges in color from black to red, purple, brown, or pink, depending on your skin type.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation develops when a wound, rash, pimple, or other trauma causes skin inflammation. As the skin heals, it produces too much melanin (the substance that gives skin its color), leaving a darker area.
Active Ingredients to Look for.
- Salicylic Acid – It is thought to be one of the best treatments for Acne Scars. It can cause dryness on the skin, so people with sensitive skin should go carefully and if it does cause irritation maybe use it as a spot treatment.
- Retinoids – are another acne treatment with scar-smoothing benefits. In addition to speeding up your cell regeneration and improving your skin’s texture, retinoids can also help reduce discoloration and make scars less noticeable according to a recent review.
However, they can also make your skin especially sensitive to the sun. Always wear sunscreen daily when using anything that contains retinoids.
- Lactic Acid – helps improve the texture appearance and pigmentation of the skin. A natural lactic acid is apple cider vinegar.
- Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) – they are often found in Acne treatments as they help with remove dead skin and prevent clogged pores. Even better they make scars less noticeable.
LED Light Treatment
There is both Red Light and Blue Light (plus other colors) but these two are the main colors that help with skin regeneration.
Red light helps promote healing and works to decrease the visibility of scarring. Blue light helps to reduce acne. So, if you want to control acne and help with scarring a light or mask with both these colors is the answer. They can be bought as a hand-held device or a table-top one, if you have back scarring then the table-top will be the easiest to use.
So if you have Acne Scars doing nothing will not get rid of them. Treatments are available and if used consistently you should see a marked decrease in your scars. I was lucky enough not to have too many scars but if the treatments were around when I was younger then I certainly would have used them. Its not just a physical thing but it’s also a self-esteem and feeling good about yourself thing.
- Revitol to treat scarring on any part of the body. One of the best creams available.
- Led lights to treat the scars and help with acne reduction and generally promote good skin health.
I wish you all the best and with these treatments I am sure you will get the results you desire.
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