Acne Scars- Causes, Types, Treatments and Prevention Tips
What Causes Acne Scars?
There may be many causes of acne scars. Acne scars are usually caused by inflammation of acne blemishes. When such breakouts penetrate the outermost layer of the skin, they go deep into the skin and damage the skin and underlying skin tissue. The skin pore is inflamed with excess oil, and dead skin and bacteria usually cause acne scars.
What are the Types of Acne Scars?
Acne can happen to anybody and at any age. When hair follicles or pores accumulate with oil or dead skin the skin in flames and forms comedowns. This develops bacteria to grow and the skin in flames and acne is formed.
There are three types of acne:
- Atrophic scars
- Hypertrophic and keloid scars
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
How do I Prevent Acne Scars and Pimple Marks?
Acne can be very frustrating for anyone going through it. It comes anytime and anywhere, and mostly on all our special days when we have a wedding or presentation or anything important. Acne can be prevented by the following simple methods.
- Never pop pimples
- Always wear a sunscreen
- Stay moisturized
- Treat the breakouts professionally by a dermatologist
Is Laser Treatment Safe for Acne Scars?
For anyone who has acne, laser treatments are the best way to treat acne, and they work like magic. We need to know that laser treatment only works to reduce the damage and not completely remove the scar. We must keep in mind that laser treatment works only when a skilled and highly professional dermatologist performs the laser treatment. Medical advice before any laser treatment is recommended as all patients are unique and the doctor needs to know the medical history too.
Home Remedies & Lifestyle Changes for acne scars
The best ways to treat acne scars are to prevent breakouts and also to have a balanced diet. We are aware that oily and clogged skin pores cause acne. Therefore, it is recommended that we keep the skin clean.
Some home remedies are as follows:
- Mix orange peel powder (1 tsp) with honey (1 tsp) and make a paste. Apply and wash after 10–15 mins. It keeps the skin looking young and reduces scars.
- Apply virgin coconut oil and leave it overnight. Washing off in the morning helps in the growth of healthy skin cells.
- Mix besan or chickpea powder 1 tsp, Rose water 2 tsp and lemon juice 1 tsp and make a paste and apply it and wash after 15-20 mins. Helps clean the skin deep and also adjusts the skin’s pH balance.
Some lifestyle recommendations:
- Quit smoking
- Alcohol consumption under control
- Avoid junk food and consume more fruits and vegetables.
- Add omega-3 fatty acids, fewer dairy products, and fewer foods with a high glycemic index to our diet.
- Try to get 8 hours of sleep.
There may be many home remedies for acne scars, but when we get professional intervention from a dermatologist, the acne scars can be reduced and we can transform our dull skin into bright and healthy skin. All treatments done by a professional dermatologist give us peace of mind and we know they will take care of our skin issues.
Do acne scars go away naturally?
Acne scars do not go away naturally. Some depressed acne scars start to appear with age as the skin loses collagen. Some scars will linger for a longer period of time, depending on the skin type and the severity of the scar. They may fade in 3–6 months during the treatment, but if the acne scar is deep, the mark remains.
Does drinking water get rid of acne scars?
Dermatologists usually recommend drinking a lot of water. Since drinking water helps in internal cleansing and skin rejuvenation, it helps in flushing out dead skin cells. Doctors usually advise us to drink 3–4 liters of water every day to enable the skin and body to flush out the toxins. By drinking an adequate amount of water, the skin retains its elasticity and remains younger.
Will coffee make my acne worse?
Some people believe that by cutting down on coffee, their skin condition improves. It is not scientifically proven that coffee causes acne. However, since coffee contains milk and sugar, if consumed several times in a day, this will cause acne to increase. Studies show that caffeine can increase the levels of cortisol, or the stress hormone. This cortisol makes the skin produce oil or sebum, which causes acne.
Is the sun good for acne scars?
Some people believe that when the skin is exposed to the sun it naturally fades or blends the acne scar with the skin color. However, excessive sunlight damages the acne scar and discolors it further. Dermatologists always recommend the use of sunscreen and especially during and after acne treatment. Too much sun causes redness, discoloration of the acne scars.