You may have heard people say that acne scars aren’t treatable, yet they are. There are plenty of ways to heal your scars. Even better, you can keep new ones from forming. Here are some tips to follow and keep your beautiful face beautiful.

Fade Creams and Cortisone

Dermatologists have agreed that using cortisone on a scar that is swollen or red will do the trick. Cortisone reduces inflammation and is absorbed by skin cells.

As for the dark areas left from the acne scar, don’t worry a thing – there is a way how to lighten them. You have probably heard of Hydroquinone, till recently a rather popular skin lightener. Unfortunately, it has fallen out of favor due to irritation and carcinogenic concern and it’s not included in many fading creams now. Still, there are other ingredients in skin creams that can help lighten your dark spots. A natural skin lightener is Kojic acid which is derived from mushroom extract and gives amazing result. Then, vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and arbutin (bearberry extract) are also perfect alternative ingredients to look for in a lightening cream.

Fillers, Laser Treatments and Dermal Therapy

For some reason, people tend to fear the doctor even though they know they are the ones who can help. If you have avoided going to the dermatologist so far, it’s time you stopped being silly and actually booked an appointment. This is particularly recommended if you see that your acne scars aren’t fading away on their own. It will take no more than one to three sessions for your skin to sparkle again. Using fractionated laser technology, laser skin resurfacing can even out the skin surface and increase the formation of new collagen. In case you didn’t know, a building block of the skin is called collagen and it can help fill in acne scars.

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Lasers you can rely on: ablative and non-ablative lasers. While ablative lasers vaporize your scar and allow smoother skin to take its place, non-ablative ones help activate the production of collagen. They will not damage the surface of your skin.

Another option are filler injections. While they are great at filling in the indentations left behind from deep acne scars, the downside to them is that you need to have the treatment repeated every 4 to 6 months. This is needed because over time the product reabsorbs into the skin.

Last but not least is Dermal Therapy. It is performed by a Dermal Therapist. Dermal Therapy includes treatments such as intense pulsed light, laser and other light-based treatment modalities, superficial chemical peels, skin needling, microderm abrasion and other advanced cosmetic/beauty treatments. Even though traditionally performed in a medical setting, these types of procedures are fast becoming the mainstay of non-medical beauty clinics.

How to Prevent Scars or Help Scars Heal

There are several ways to help scars heal or even prevent scaring altogether. Follow through these steps:

Picking and squeezing is a no-no

The more you pick, the bigger injuries will happen to your skin, followed by inflammation and sometimes even pain. This only adds to scarring and discoloration. When you pop a pimple, you are opening the gates of your skin to bacteria and puss to filter into the skin. Further, bigger collagen damage is made.

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Limit exposure to sunrays

The more you expose scars to the sun, the bigger chances are the scars will further darken and the healing process will slow down. Pigment-producing cells, melanocytes, are stimulated by ultraviolet rays which lead to further discoloration.

So, before you head out, make sure to use the best skin care products. It’s advisable it has a sun protection factor of 30 or higher.

To get protection against both ultraviolet A (long-wave) and ultraviolet B (shortwave) rays, opt for broad-spectrum sunscreen. You should reapply after sweating, swimming, and after more than 2 hours in the sun and try to limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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Vitamin E

Even though vitamin E is considered a great healing stepping stone, it really isn’t. Recent studies have shown that patients who applied vitamin E on the scar either made matters worse for 90% or had no effects. 30% of patients of patients developed contact dermatitis.

Everything takes time and so does seeing acne fade. Most early scars look pink because new blood vessels move into the injured area. They give nourishment to the skin. This happens a few weeks after you break out and scar. Just be patient and let changes on your skin happen – collagen will start to form months later and it will fill in the injured section of skin. Sometimes it can take up to a year for the scars to fade because cystic acne destroys skin and fat.