Acne can be difficult enough to deal with, but then to have scars left behind afterward can be like a double whammy. The acne scars may fade with time, but you could still have some spots that remain. Read on for tips to help you prevent acne scarring and how to treat the scars you have.
Preventing Acne Scars
Acne can happen to just about anyone; even those that eat healthy and wash their face properly may still have acne. Ways to prevent the acne from scarring include:
- Never pick at pimples. Don't try to pop whiteheads, and don't try to scratch at the pimples thinking they're going to go away faster -- all you'll be left with is a scab that will then scar.
- Use sunscreen when out in the sun. Your skin may darken in areas that have pimples when you're out in the sun, leaving you with darker spots. Always wear sunscreen whether or not you have acne. Sunscreen can prevent the acne scars from getting darker and can also prevent premature wrinkles and skin cancer.
Prevent acne in the first place by washing your face with a gentle cleanser each night and day. Use a facial moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated after washing. Keep your hands off of your face and wash things such as phones, eyeglasses, sunglasses, and anything else that touches your face often.
Treating Acne Scars
If you have acne scars on your face already, get rid of them by treating your skin properly. Don't try to cover up the scars with makeup -- get rid of them altogether. Treat the scars by using a scar lightening cream, or you can use Vitamin E to reduce the appearance of scarring. You can also use a derma roller to help open up your pores and encourage cell turnover, which can reduce the appearance of your scars and improve the overall appearance of your skin.
Another way to treat acne scars is to get a chemical peel. Do this at a dermatologist's office, don't attempt to give yourself a chemical peel at home. Other dermatology services that can reduce the appearance of scars include:
- Laser treatments
- Bleaching cream
If you have acne or acne scars, visit your dermatologist for an exam and discuss treatment options to clear up your skin and to reduce the appearance of scars. Be sure to eat and drink a healthy diet, wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and before bed, and keep your hands off of your face to control acne and prevent scarring.