If Genie would grant you three wishes, what would you ask?
Good hair, a healthy lifestyle, and acne-free skin, right? If only Genie were real, nobody had to go through acne treatments and later acne-scar removal treatments.
Fortunately, dermatologists are no less than a Genie, and you can get clear skin quite quickly, that too with a long-lasting solution.
Your skin type, diet, hormonal changes, and heredity play a role in the acne’s severity. Similarly, the scars left behind from acne depend on a lot of things.
The easiest way to avoid acne scars is to treat the acne itself as soon as you can. Don’t wait for the breakout to turn into scars.
But for some reason, your skin now has acne-scars, you can opt for either home remedies or dermatologist-approved treatment.
Before you decide on the treatment, you must identify the type of scars.
Types of Acne Scars and How To Identify Them
Acne scars are primarily of two types: Elevated or Raised scars, Depressed or Pit scars.
Depressed scars are more common and further have three types:
Ice Pick Scars:
Ice Pick Scars are deep within the skin with narrow openings. Mostly, these scars appear oval or V-shaped and are more severe than any other scar type.
Because these scars are deep, they often take considerably more time to cure. Cystic acne, pustules, or prolonged acne breakouts can cause Ice Pick Scars.
Boxcar scars are rather broader rectangular pits with defined edges. These are not as deep as Ice pick scars, but could go deeper if not treated in time.
Inflammatory acne such as nodules or pustules might cause boxcar scars on your skin.
As soon as you notice acne breakout, especially pustules and nodules, run to the dermatologist to avoid these scars.
Rolling acne scars have rounded edges, with no deeper cavity. These scars often create wider irregularities on the surface of the skin.
As these are not as deep as Ice Pick or Boxcar scars, it’s easier to cure them with simple treatments.
Elevated or Raised Scars:
These scars are not as common as depressed scars, but not as rare as you’d ignore them.
Your skin releases collagen during the healing process of acne. Excessive collagen secretion or overgrowth of fibrous tissues can result in raised scars on your skin.
More often, these scars pop out on the chest, cheeks, or jawline.
The deeper the scar, the harder it is to treat. Yet, below are some proven treatments to get your clear skin back.
Here is what you can do to get clear skin:
Based on the scar type and your skin type, a dermatologist would be able to prescribe a suitable scar removal treatment.
6 Best Acne Scar Treatments
1. Home Remedies
Thanks to aloe vera and coconut oil, you can get rid of both acne and acne scars. Aloe vera has natural healing powers.
Apply natural aloe vera gel on your skin and keep it for at least 15 minutes. Or gently massage coconut oil on the affected area of the skin. Both the methods are easy home remedies.
However, if you have moderately severe acne, try something like lactic acid or products with salicylic acid. For lactic acid, dilute apple cider vinegar works best as a toner.
Lactic acid and salicylic acid products are suitable for all types of acne scars.
2. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels treatments are used to remove the upper layer of the skin to promote tissue regeneration.
These peels also trigger collagen promotion for the natural healing process. Rolling and Boxcar scars show better results with this method.
Ice pick scars, which are usually deeper, can be cured up to 40%. A unique TCA Cross technique to place the chemical solution deep into the scar using a needle shows better results.
3. Laser Treatments
Laser treatment, again, removes the upper layer of the skin. It’s also known as skin resurfacing treatment with faster results than chemical peels.
The treatment not only gets rid of scars but also reduces wrinkles, keloids, resulting in soft clear skin.
If you don’t have any more acne, laser treatment will do wonders. However, laser treatment might not be a good option if your skin still has occasional acne breakouts.
Filters are either collagen-enriched injections, commercial filters, or your skin tissues.
Depending on your skin’s tolerance, scar type, and severity, a dermatologist will recommend a suitable filter.
Injecting the filter under the skin pushes out depressed scars to evenly smooth out the skin.
Fillers are best suited to treat broader scars like boxcar scars or rolling scars rather than deeper scars.
This particular treatment involves rolling a needle-stubbed roller on your skin to stimulate collagen production.
The roller sort of punctures the skin, and collagen come to rescue your skin.
It’s the safest and effective way of treating deeper scars.
6. Skincare Routine
Last but not least, a skincare routine. This is not a treatment, instead a prevention remedy to avoid acne scars altogether.
As soon as you see acne breakouts, start the skincare routine to get rid of pimples immediately.
Some natural ingredients like tea tree oil or aloe vera can treat acne. Maintain the hygiene of the skin by regularly cleansing and exfoliating it.
If you have oily skin, use a cream-based cleanser at least twice a day to clean your face. For dry or combination skin, go with an oil-based exfoliant.
Prefer using products that your skin can tolerate.
If you travel for work a lot, use sunscreen when you go out, and try to cover your face to avoid trapping any dirt. And a pinch of moisturizer before going to bed would be an additional pampering to your skin.
Hit the root of the problem before it’s too late.
Either way, the above treatments are going to get your skin glow back.