Acne Scars – The Most Important Dos and Don’ts in Skin Care

Acne Scars - The Most Important Dos and Don'ts in Skin CareOh, good old (hated) acne , you’re really not making life easy for us. You are also not necessarily good for self-confidence – no matter how much we are for body positivity . You’re not picky either, because even the best of us struggle with you. Whenever we think we’re finally getting rid of you forever, you like to make a comeback in the form of dreaded acne scars. These “grace” us sometimes for months with their presence. Fortunately, even the most stubborn of them will eventually fade. In some cases, extra care is necessary to soothe the irritated area.

To find out how we can get this skin problem under control, read on. They occur when recurring inflammation, which can be traced back to deeper cystic lesions, damages the collagen in the skin. As a result, thin scar tissue forms in the form of a depression.

However, not all acne scars are the same: there are atrophic and hypertrophic ones: The former look drawn inwards. The reason for this notch is that not enough new connective tissue was formed when the tissue was repaired. In addition, this type of scar is more or less pigmented than the rest of the skin. Hypertrophic acne scars, on the other hand, stand out and form visible, rough thickenings because too much new tissue has been formed to repair the wound. They are whitish or skin-colored and may be itchy or painful. The lifespan of an acne scar also depends on the skin type. “The skin of people with darker skin tones contains more pigments. Inflammation increases pigment formation.”

Age also plays a role in this context. “Over the years, our collagen production decreases and our subcutaneous fat tissue decreases, making acne scars more pronounced.”

But we also have good news: Many people believe that red spots on their face are mistakenly acne scars. If the bump is gone but there is still some reddening, then this skin problem may not be an acne scar at all. In that case, your skin should return to its normal appearance soon.

Also, some of us may not be aware that certain things can only make the problem worse. We have put together a few dos and don’ts for you so that from now on you know what helps against acne scars and what might damage your skin. This way you can avoid typical skin care mistakes in the future and get your skin problems under control.

Don’t: Inadequate Skin Care, No Anti-Acne Battle

Acne Scars - The Most Important Dos and Don'ts in Skin CarePlan: When fighting blemishes and acne scars, a good skin care routine is an absolute must. “Inadequate skin care only makes your skin problems worse, which only leads to further scars and irritation.” From now on, avoid using harsh soaps, irritating facial cleansers, pore-clogging products to hydrate the skin [which can make everything worse] and too frequent washing.

To keep scarring at bay, you need special anti-acne wonder weapons. “In over 50 percent of us, benzoyl peroxide or an alpha hydroxy acid are usually fine if you have mild to moderate acne. If you belong to the other half, you should definitely consult Dermatolog: inside and get additional support.

Don’t: Pressing pimples

Acne Scars - The Most Important Dos and Don'ts in Skin Care
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We all know we should keep our hands off our pimples, but who of us always sticks to it? From now on, you should really leave this alone. We advise you not to scratch or squeeze pimples. That just leads to another infection or inflammation, both of which can contribute to scarring. “If you want beautiful, healthy skin, it is said: ‘Put your fingers off your face’.”

Don’t: no sun protection

Any kind of sun exposure can have a negative effect on scarring. Many women rely on the SPF of their moisturizer or makeup instead of using a specific product with sunscreen on their face. But this should definitely be part of your skin care routine – ideally as the last step. For melanin-rich skin, we recommend products that are specifically geared to the needs of darker skin types.

Don’t: Overdoing DIY Skin Care

Acne Scars - The Most Important Dos and Don'ts in Skin CareAs it turns out, home recipes aren’t always a good idea because they can make your skin problems worse by overusing your skin. I have seen people who have treated problem areas with lemon juice, which did more harm than good. DIY masks and treatments can actually work wonders when it comes to skin care. However, we often overdo it and thus unnecessarily irritate our skin.

Due to a lack of knowledge and experience, I have seen that many of these ‘treatments’ lead to chemical burns. Despite their efforts to reduce acne, scars or pigmentation, sufferers then have an additional skin problem that is just as difficult to remove.

And last but not least: the most important do’s

Acne Scars - The Most Important Dos and Don'ts in Skin CareWhat you should leave is now clear. In the following, we will tell you which procedures can help make your acne scars less visible.

Scar lightening creams that can be bought without a prescription usually fade hyperpigmented scars that aren’t too deep. Usually, a cream like Retin-A in combination with hydroquinone, kojic acid or liquorice. “Retinoids can stimulate collagen production, which leads to plumper skin [and thus breaking deep scars]. Such creams do not always produce the miraculous results that most patients expect from them.

This is where laser treatments, chemical peelings or subcision procedures (in which a needle is used to separate the scar from the underlying tissue) come into play. These procedures can be costly, but patients are usually very happy with the results.

But if lasers are not your thing, you can also take advantage of less intensive treatments. Micro-needling, for example, is a method by which collagen is built up beneath the scar and which is much less expensive than laser. However, several sessions are usually necessary here until the scars are noticeably flatter.

Make-up is also great for making acne scars visually disappear. If you just want to cover a few minor problem areas, go with green-tinted make-up, “it conceals the red tones well.”

To cover red areas. you should use Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment by Dr. Try Jart + – we swear by this product.

Fortunately, there are numerous gentle treatments that can help you fight acne scars. You just need to find out which of these is right for you and your individual care needs. After all, every skin is different and no treatment is universally effective. Hopefully you now have all the information you need to turn your skin dreams into reality.

Daniel Bishopp

Daniel U. Bishopp joined LA MODE in November 2020 to work on the features team covering fashion, culture, food and drink and technology in print and online. Before that, he worked for STYLE ME AFRICA.

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