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Acne is a huge problem, experienced by men and women alike. Just when you think you’ve grown out of your teenage skin, a huge pimple will appear just before an important event. Statistics show that at least 50% of women are diagnosed with some form of acne during their adult lives, and with many looking for quick fixes to get rid of their pimples, are they doing more damage than good?
Acne scarring can happen for a number of reasons, and sometimes you will have done everything right and your acne will still leave behind scars. If you suffer from acne breakouts, you should take steps to avoid it from scarring your skin.
Don’t Pop That Spot!
This is the first and most important thing you should always remember if you are acne-prone and we really do hear it all the time! And whilst it might seem the most appealing thing to just grab that whitehead on your chin, pop it and watch all of the gunk come pouring out of it (disgusting, we know). You might think it will get rid of the spot faster, but what you are actually doing is aggravating the spot, bacteria, and skin around it and causing damage to the skin. When the skin is opened up, like when you pop a pimple, it will close back together and leave an abnormal pigmentation.
Occasionally a particularly aggressive breakout will not be able to be stopped from leaving its mark on your skin, this means that the acne lesions may fade but the broken blood vessels will remain and can result in a red or purple mark on the skin.
Keep Your Face Clean
Acne is caused by excess oil and sebum in your pores. And by incorporating a regular, effective skincare routine that is suited to your skin type will keep your face clean and pores clear.
When scarring has already occurred due to acne, you should look to incorporate certain products into your skincare routine that will help minimize the appearance of these scars. For those with darker skin, pigmentation will occur with the acne scarring causing darker patches of the skin to appear. Whereas acne scarring will appear as blemishes and red marks in those with lighter skin.
Avoid the sun
Sun exposure can make scarring appear more prominent, it’s important to use a quality sunscreen and clothing to protect the skin during the warmer months. There’s no need to worry about sunscreen clogging up your pores and leading to an outbreak too, as most sunscreens have sophisticated formulas to be kind to the skin!
Whilst mild scarring can be treated using over the counter products and has the potential to become unnoticeable after 6 months of treatment, severe scarring can be a permanent problem which will need further treatment. You should see your dermatologist about your acne problems and any scarring that might have occurred for advice and help on what is the best fix for your acne scarring. Acne scar treatment helps reverse the damages of the skin, to help generate a smooth and clear complexion.
“Zaheda Hafez BA (Hons), CIBTAC is founder of The Laser Treatment Clinic in Harley Street London.”