*Today’s article is a guest post from writer Brooke Chaplan.
Everyone, at some point in their life, has had to deal with acne. For some, it can even persist in your later years and is an ongoing struggle. Those of us who have finished the battle with acne often have lasting scars from the battles of puberty. These scars can be unsightly and a major confidence killer. The good news is, there are options out there which can help treat acne scaring. Let’s look at a few of those options below in detail.
These creams are meant to help reduce the redness and inflammation that is present in the skin with acne scarring. If your scar is relatively fresh, red and puffy, then a cortisone cream may help to calm the skin and sooth redness and irritation.
Creams that fall into this category claim to help fade existing scars. Items in this category have skin lighteners such as Kojic acid or Arbutin to facilitate this process. There are even some creams which involve silicone sheeting being applied to the scar to help smooth its appearance. Some people have reported positive results with these particular treatments, but are usually less effective compared to other options available.
According to a dermatologist from Austin TX, these type of treatments can be performed with the help of a licensed professional. Lasers come in a variety of different types that are suited for different skin tones, types of scarring, etc. For instance, CO2 laser scar treatments are very effective for boxcar, icepick, and rolling scars. However, one thing to keep in mind with laser treatments is that they can be quite costly. In addition, they can take a decent amount of time for recovery. This is why it is so important to find a dermatologist you can trust. They will then take a look at your existing scaring, listen to your goals for treatment and concerns, and help you make a decision as to your best course of treatment.
Fillers are a type of material applied to small scars to improve their appearance. They are relatively inexpensive compared to laser treatments, but are not permanent in nature. Results from fillers can last anywhere from six months to as long as two years depending on the area being treated. If you only have one or two small scars, fillers may be a much more effective solution to alleviate your concerns.
Dermabrasion involves the removal of the top layers of skin by a medical professional. Results from this treatment vary, depending on the depth and level the procedure is performed. However, by removing the top layers of skin it is possible to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
No matter where your acne scarring is, there are options available for treatment. One of the best things to do is just have patience. Many acne scars resolve on their own with time. However, if you really are self-conscious about your skin, there are always options out there to help restore your confidence.
What method or product have you used to get rid of acne scars that did or did not work for you?
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
Great tips! More than scars, I tend to get post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from my acne, and have to throw kojic acid at it for a few weeks before it fades away. Ugh, adult acne is just awful 🙁
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I am so grateful that I never had acne, and in fact, very few blemishes. I know having acne scars can be such a struggle. Very helpful post for those who need some guidance.
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I am actually trying a dermaroller to see if it works. Hopefully it does
I just got a dermaroller in the mail today that I ordered online. I’m hoping it workes on old scars and some wrinkles. Stacie xo
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Brigette Ramos says
This is such an informative post! I have many friends and family members who have struggled with severe acne so I can only imagine their pain. Thanks for sharing because this will definitely be beneficial to those who are currently struggling or have struggled with acne 🙂
Thank you! I enjoy posts like this as well. Thanks to my guest writer today! Have a wonderful evening! Stacie xo
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Elaine ( says
I have some acne scarring and I’ve found that a chemical peel plus blue light from my dermatologist works well!
I’m so glad that this is something I haven’t had to deal with. So good there are so many options though!!
Sometimes I’ll get a bit of scarring, just a dark spot after I get a pimple. So annoying! I try to use lots of exfoliating and brightening products when that happens.
I know that I need the stronger stuff cause not of the OTC stuff don’t work on my stubborn blackheads!
Very informative post! I have what I THOUGHT were good steps towards reducing some of my acne scars, but now I have a bit of knowledge to make better decisions for that particular treatment.
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Awesome tips to get rid of scars . I know about some theses treatment but some treatments are really very effective like laser treatment. This is very popular treatment from its ability to improve skin tone and texture. The most biggest thing is that it can be used in any areas like arms, chest, hands, face and neck and also it effects on melasma and stretch marks.
So thank you so much for the recommendation.
All of your treatments for scars are best. I read about many creams, many fillers and many laser treatments & these are really very effective because someone is on the starting point of scars then he/she can use creams that are very much helpful to dull them. But if someone is on the difficult stage means scars are more darker then there is laser treatment is best for that. I hope it will help others.
I love dermalmd scar serum, it lasts about a month for me and I use it every night. Really helps with my pimples and acne scars.
Hey Stacie, thank you for the useful tips. Dermalloer is actually a device I can’t live without it anymore, I use them on a weekly basis and the results can be seen. I actually got the Tria for the acne, have you ever used a home laser light to treat acne? Thank you
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I haven’t used a light for acne, only the anti-aging type.