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The Scars that Acne Leave Behind

A scar is the area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin tissue after injury. It is resulted from the natural healing process of wound repair in the skin. When the fibrous tissue is not identical to the original tissue it replaced, and hence appeared as scar.

Acne scar is the product of inflamed acne and the visible remnants of acne are permanently left. Usually severe, inflamed, cystic acne leaves scars after healing, but in some people even superficially inflamed acne can cause scarring. There are many types of scars, each determined by the depth of wound and tissue response towards the inflammation of skin.

1. As scar is the byproduct of an inflamed lesion or acne, you should prevent and treat your acne correctly and properly. Read more on acne.

• Don’t pick at or squeeze inflamed skin. Doing so will only extend the healing time, spread infection to other areas, worsen inflammation, and may even cause permanent scars. Allow the inflamed area to heal on its own.

2. Proper skin care routine.

• Skin that is damaged by acne scars requires very gentle products.

1. Double Cleanse Choose a cleanser that is not abrasive. If you wash your face too roughly or use abrasive products, your skin will become even more irritated.
2. Serum, Moisturizer & Masque • Look for products that help in cell regenerating, repairing, remodeling that improve circulation and increase collagen and elastin synthesis.
• Natural ingredients that have proven effectiveness in treating scars problems include AHAs, Aloe vera extract, Soybean oil, Rosehip oil, Gotu kola extract and etc.
3. Exfoliation • Using exfoliation on a regular basis helps reduce acne scarring. Choose an exfoliant with a low percentage of salicylic acid (BHA) to improve skin condition.
• Using it for 1 to 3 times per week over an extended period of time will show results.
4. Sun Protection Use an oil free sun protection with SPF 15 or greater helps reduce acne scars. As acne scars will continue to deepen in color from sunlight.
5. Make-up • Keep makeup as light as possible or use makeup only when absolutely necessary. It is crucial to find a non-irritating and gentle product to use.
• Avoid waterproof cosmetics – which require a solvent to remove them. Solvents are harsh petro-chemicals which causes dryness.