It is well known that moderate to severe acne can lead to scars on your face.

If you are suffering from an acne outbreak then it would be beneficial to take some steps beforehand so as to stop the acne from scarring once it lessens. If you already see that the acne has left scars then you would want to visit the dermatologist who can refer you to some professional treatments.

You may need either one or a couple of treatments depending on the scars itself.

Molly edit: It is well known that moderate to severe acne can lead to scarring.

If you are suffering from an acne outbreak, then it would be beneficial to take some steps beforehand to stop the acne from scarring. If you already see that the acne has left scars, then you would want to visit the dermatologist who can refer you to professional treatments.

You may need either one or a couple of treatments depending on the scars.

Preventing Acne Scars

You can work towards prevention beforehand.

 Follow the basic steps of skin care routine where you cleanse, tone, and wash your skin. Do this twice a day, and if you live in a city or town which is very hot and humid make sure to wash your skin thoroughly and maybe thrice a day.

 If you have sensitive skin, try a mild soap and cleanser.

Try not to pick at your pimples. It may seem very tempting to reach over and squeeze it but it will lead you to deal with difficult repercussions later on.

Do not touch your skin too much when you have an acne breakout, as the transfer of germs can make things worse.

Molly edit: You can work towards prevention beforehand.

Follow the necessary steps of skin care routine where you cleanse, tone, and moisturize your skin. Do this twice a day, or more if you live in a humid climate. If you have sensitive skin, try a mild soap or cleanser.

Try not to pick your pimples. It may seem very tempting to reach over and squeeze it, but it will lead you to deal with severe repercussions later on.

Do not touch your skin too much when you have an acne breakout, as the transfer of germs can make things worse.

Invest in a good sunblock that would go well with your skin type. You can also mix it in your cream or foundation before you step out. The sun’s rays tend to damage our skin and increase the visibility of acne and scars.

You should purchase an acne medication from a reliable drugstore. The acne treatments that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid would be the best options to get rid of your acne and prevent it from scarring.

Treating Acne Scars

If you have mild acne scarring then you can use over the counter medications. Lotions that contain vitamin C, glycolic acid, or retinol are most beneficial in reducing the scarring. These sort of lotionsincrease collagen and can help improve skin that has deep acne scars.

A microdermabrasion treatment smooths out your skin and reduces scarring. You can buy a microdermabrasion kit for home use as well, but this should be done after consultation with your doctor. Opting for a professional treatment is always recommended.

Chemical peels are acid based solutions that are applied to the areas affected by scarring. This removes the outer layer of the skin and stimulates the collagen repair. Several sessions would be required to notice optimal results. A series of these sessions would leave the skin looking smoother and less scarred.

Dermal fillers are injectable hyluronic acid. This is a sort of natural sugar molecule that absorbs water and acts similar to a moisturizer. These can be injected into the skin to help smooth out the skin texture. They are, however, temporary and need multiple sessions to maximize scar repair.

A fractional laser resurfacing delivers columns of controlled laser heat which heats or removes the skin in order to allow scar remodeling. The number of treatments and downtime after the treatments tend to vary.

Always remember to consult with your dermatologist for the right advice.

Molly edit: If you have mild acne scarring, then you can use over the counter medications. Lotions that contain vitamin C, glycolic acid, or retinol are most beneficial in reducing the scarring.

These sort of lotions increase collagen and can help improve skin that has deep acne scars.

A microdermabrasion treatment smooths out your skin and reduces scarring. You can buy a microdermabrasion kit for home use as well, but this should be done after consultation with your doctor. Opting for a professional treatment is always recommended.

Chemical peels are acid based solutions that are applied to the areas affected by scarring. This removes the outer layer of the skin and stimulates the collagen repair. Several sessions would be required to notice optimal results.

Dermal fillers are injectable hyaluronic acid. This is a sort of natural sugar molecule that absorbs water and acts similar to a moisturizer. These can be injected into the skin to help smooth out the skin texture. They are, however, temporary and need multiple sessions to maximize scar repair.

A fractional laser resurfacing delivers columns of controlled laser heat which heats or removes the skin to allow scar remodelling. The number of treatments and downtime after the treatments tend to vary.

Always remember to consult with your dermatologist for the right advice.

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