A Holistic Approach to Your Health and Wellness
Stay out of the sun. Exposing scars to the sun can cause them to darken and slow the healing process.How? Ultraviolet rays stimulate melanocytes (pigment-producing cells), leading to further discoloration.
Before heading outdoors, put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. Broad-spectrum sunscreenprotects against both ultraviolet A (long-wave) and ultraviolet B (shortwave) rays.
Reapply after swimming, after sweating, and after more than 2 hours in the sun.
Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wear protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat.
Don't pick and squeeze. Scars, which are made mainly of collagen, are your body's way of repairing itself. Acne scars are typically indented because of collagen loss from intense inflammation.
Picking leads to more inflammation and injury of your skin, which add to the discoloration and scarring. Squeezing or trying to pop a pimple causes pus and bacteria to filter deeper into the skin, bringing on more collagen damage.
Don't use vitamin E on scars. You may have heard that applying vitamin E to a scar will help it heal faster. But according to a study from the University of Miami, applying the nutrient directly onto a scar can actually hinder its healing. In the study, vitamin E either had no effect or made matters worse for 90% of the patients, and 33% who put vitamin E on the skin developed a contact dermatitis.
Prevent Scars and Help them Heal Faster
What Can you do on your own
If your scar is red or swollen, use a cortisone cream to calm your skin.The cortisone is absorbed by skin cells and reduces inflammation. You can buy skin creams with cortisone without a prescription.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
If your acne scars don't fade away on their own, it may be time to consider scheduling an appointment. In one to three sessions, laser skin resurfacing using fractionated laser technology can even out the skin surface and increase the formation of new collagen. Collagen is a protein that's a building block of the skin. The new collagen can help fill in acne scars.
Ablative lasers vaporize your scar, allowing smoother skin to take its place. Non-ablative lasers help activate the production of collagen without damaging the surface of your skin.
If you see signs that your acne is leaving a scar on your skin, you don't have to grin and bear it. There are lots of ways to heal your scars and keep new ones from forming.
Treating Acne Scars and Skin Damage