How Long Does It Take Acne Scars to Fade?
Acne breakouts are frustrating, we know. Acne can happen at any age and stick around for some time. But it does not have to alter the way you live. Acne scars can make you feel unattractive, have low-self esteem or make you feel isolated. Especially if you go about comparing your journey to others. But as we dive deeper into acne scars as a whole you will come to learn that there are plenty of solutions to treating acne scars, why they happen and how they can be prevented.
Before you try to treat your scars it’s important to know what type they are. Here at anakcosmetics.com you can schedule a virtual consultation with Anakarina to get an in-depth review of your skin and possible treatment solutions. It is no secret that scars are formed when a breakout penetrates the skin deeply and damages the tissues beneath it. You can find some tips online about scarring and skin tone, and the effects that one may have on the other. But the truth is, our scars will heal depending on the products we use and treatment. Two people can have the same skin tone and heal very differently because they are both using different products and a different regime. So don’t let your skin tone be a hindrance to finding what works best for you.
Atrophic scars are most common on the face – it is a depressed scar that sits below the surrounding skin and is formed when not enough collagen is made while the wound is healing. Which type do you have? Boxcar – These are wide, U-shaped scars with a sharp edge. Ice Pick – Scars that are narrow, V-shaped, and can go deep into the skin. Rolling – Wide depressions that have rounded edges. Next, we have raised acne scars that can be found on the chest and back. They stand above the surface of the surrounding skin and are caused by too much collagen during healing.
One common treatment for raised acne scars is, of course, Salicylic Acid. For anyone with acne, chances are high that you’ve used salicylic acid in a product – from cleansers to lotions to spot treatments, it’s quite popular. Salicylic acid clears pores, reduces swelling and redness, and exfoliates the skin when applied topically. It’s considered one of the best treatments for acne scars. Our Sulphur and Salicylic Toner comes highly recommended. We’ve added this to our simple skincare routine because it contains the necessary ingredients for the treatment of acne scars and can be used in just about any regime.
Next, we can’t forget the sunscreen. It is vital to wear sunscreen every day over scars. Sun exposure can darken scars making them more noticeable. If you find yourself dealing with inflammation or PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) which is a discoloration of the skin that is caused by an inflammatory wound or damage or irritation to the skin you may want to turn to a retinoid. It is essential to treat the underlying skin problem that is leading to discoloration. Retinoid can help as this can speed up the process along with procedures such as microdermabrasion and light chemical peels.
What is a Chemical Peel?
Chemical peels have become quite popular over the years with more people now having access to this type of luxury. It is a strong acid that is used to remove the top layer of the skin to reduce deeper scars. Some chemical peels are mild enough to be used at home, but it is highly recommended for this to be done by a professional. There are different types of chemical peels, so it’s best to talk with Anakarina about which one is right for you.
Other Energy-Based Procedures: Pulsed light sources and radiofrequency devices help make scars less noticeable without damaging the outer layer of the skin. Results are subtle and you might need repeat treatment.
Ready to get started on an acne scar treatment today? The sooner you get started, the better. Acne scars can take a long time to fade depending on your regime and the products you’re using. Here’s what we recommend.
Blemish Be Gone Facewash is a perfectly balanced exfoliating salicylic cleanser that washes away dirt and excess oil without causing dryness.
Sulphur and Salicylic Toner is a powerful astringent that combats the accumulation of keratinized cells that clog pores and cause outbreaks.
Botanical Hydra Gel restores hydration and contains both tea tree and lavender essential oils which help to combat bacteria that contribute to irritation and occasional blemishes.
Encapsulated Retinol Serum is an imperfection eraser that repairs the skin, no matter the ailment, at a cellular level.
Written by Stephanie M.
Photo by Anna Tarazevich