By Mallika Sarna
DO ACNE SCARS BOTHER YOU?
Acne scars are stubborn. Use all the ointments and creams you want, but they’ll keep coming back because you haven’t dealt with the root of the problem.
Beauty expert Nikos Narkissos says, “There are a number of ways to treat the marks — from home remedies to treatments at the salon (like dermabrasion and other laser treatments).”
How to Get Rid Of Them
Use targeted treatments: The best way to treat acne marks is by preventing it during the healing process. You should ideally target the acne and use a spot treatment that will prevent it from breaking out further.
Choose the right products: Another way to treat marks left by pimples is by opting for skincare products that cater to it. According to Farheen Shaikh, beauty expert, “AHAs such as Glycolic Acid is excellent for reducing the appearance of acne scars. Kojic Acid and vitamin-C are also believed to reduce scarring.”
Never forget sun protection: Exposing acne scars to the harmful UV rays of the sun will darken it all the more. The rays of the sun stimulate pigment-producing cells, which make the scars much more noticeable.
Treat hyper-pigmentation: Says Shaikh, “The only way to treat hyper-pigmentation is by applying Kojic Acid. It encourages skin discolouration to lighten by helping it to inhibit the formation of pigment in the skin’s cells.
Don’t over-scrub: Scarring takes place when you use exfoliating agents too often. The rough granules, which are used to get rid of blackheads, they irritate acne and lead to scarring.
Types of Acne Scars
Acne scarring need not necessarily be of one type. More severe scarring is usually known as an ‘ice pick’. These scars are jagged and shallow or deep like ice-pick stabs. They occur as a result of deep tissue loss from nodular acne.
Follicular macular atrophy:
These are small, soft and white lesions, which look like tiny whiteheads just under the surface of your skin. They tend to appear on your chest and back.
Atrophic macules: They are soft and sometimes wrinkled. They can also appear blue because of the blood vessels that lie directly under the scar.
Soft scars: They have sloping or rolling edges that seem to merge with your normal skin. They are most often circular, linear or small.
Depressed fibrotic scars: These scars are steep, large and sharp. Icepick scars, over time, can also develop into depressed fibrotic scars.
What You Need To Keep In Mind
To prevent scarring, visit a dermatologist before you begin any treatment.
Avoid picking and squeezing them. Narkissos also says, “Acne marks are usually formed during the healing process. When you start picking on it, it automatically increases the chances of the marks staying back because of the trauma you inflicted on it.”