Acne scarring really is just completely unfair. First off you had to live through the stress and worry caused by spots and then you’re left with unsightly marks which act as a constant reminder.
We’’ve got some tips and ideas to explain a little more about acne scarring and hopefully give you a push in the right direction as to how to minimise it going forward.
Acne scarring – you are not alone!
Don’t think you’re alone, 80% of people in their teens and 20’s suffer from acne, as well as 5% of all adults. After an acne lesion has healed, it can leave a red or hyperpigmented mark on the skin. This is actually not a scar, but rather a post-inflammatory change.
Why am I left with acne scarring?
The redness or hyperpigmentation is seen as the skin goes through its healing and remodelling process, which takes approximately 6-12 months. Any colour change or skin defect still present after 1 year is considered to be a permanent defect or scar. teens and adults alike all around the world are suffering from acne scarring and every one of them is searching for a way to minimise their appearance or (in a perfect world) get rid of the marks completely.
It helps to understand the different kinds of acne so you can figure out what to do about different types of scarring: Acne lesions or pimples happen when the hair follicles (or “pores”) on the skin become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. A plugged follicle is the perfect place for bacteria to grow and create the red bumps and pus-filled red bumps known as pimples.
Different forms of acne:
• Mild acne, which refers to the whiteheads or blackheads that most of us get at various times during our life
• Moderately severe acne, which includes red inflamed pimples called papules and red pimples with white centres called pustules
• Severe acne, which causes nodules — painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps — to appear under the skin
So how should you get rid of this acne scarring?
Stay out of that sun!
First thing’s first. Excessive exposure to the sun causes more skin damage and delays healing, therefore wearing a good sunscreen is important, and yes, we mean everyday, regardless of whether it’s sunny or not.
Listen up pickers!
Picking at scabs should be avoided at all costs. Scabs form to protect the healing process that is going on underneath them. Pulling a scab off before it is ready interferes with the healing and remodeling process, prolonging the time that post-inflammatory changes will be visible. Stop it, right now.
The one treatment that has been proven time and time again to minimise or even completely rid the skin of acne scars.
Good luck treating your acne and acne scarring. Find one of our microdermabrasion therapists and give them a call to see what they think they can do for you.
Love, SkinBase x