If you are reading this article, chances are you have already tried a number of ways to get rid of acne scars to no avail. A lot of us struggle with these scars – an unsightly reminder of our younger days, and we try desperately to get rid of them, or at least cover them as best as possible, as to not face the embarrassing looks of people around us.
However, there are a few ways to get rid of acne scars you may not have tried yet, which could, in the end, turn out to be helpful. These tips, along with knowing how long such a process might take, are sure to help you get by and give you hope that those ugly scars and spots will someday disappear from your face.
Can acne scars be removed?
Of course they can, but such a process is not easy, as is customary with getting rid of any scars. There is a good chance you have an old cut scar somewhere on your hand or leg, which will not go away despite a good amount of years having passed. This happens because our body tries desperately to pull the edges of a wound together right after it is created, and when there is urgent need to repair the wound, our organism lays down collagen in a very rushed way, creating a patch of skin that differs from the rest. Moreover, when new skin cells are created on a scar, genetic material is passed which tells them to also be scar tissue.
Are acne scars created like regular scars?
There are a couple extra steps when it comes to acne scars. First of all, many people cannot help but pop and scratch their acne, disturbing the process of wound healing and creating new wounds in the process. There are also a lot of foreign substances in the air and the environment around us which tend to get into the wounds, creating very minor infections which further rush our organisms to patch the wound up. That is why the most common advice for people with acne is to not touch it if they don’t want lasting scars, apart from applying ointments or peels to make it better
But are there any ways of healing the scars?
While you should not have probably touched the acne in the first place, there is still salvation for you out there. First of all – see a dermatologist. A qualified doctor will help you pick the best method of dealing with acne scars, as well as diagnose if those scars are actually acne scars. A low-cost solution for dealing with acne scars are creams and ointments made specifically for that. They often contain alpha hydroxyl acids, which makes the scars not stand out as much. There are also peels with lactic acid, serums with retinoids, face masks with salicylic acid, and many more. Even a regular sunscreen often helps.
How long until my scars are gone?
Well, it all depends on how severe your scars are and how susceptible your body is to certain substances in serums and medicine. If everything goes according to plan – you might start seeing some visible results even after just a couple of months. If not, you might need to wait a year or two to see some changes, or maybe even longer in some rare cases.
But I want to get rid of my scars quicker!
I hear you, I hear you. There are ways to do that too, but they do require cosmetic surgery or treatment which cannot be done at home. The most common way to quickly get rid of such scars is dermabrasion – a procedure which exfoliates the surface layers of your skin, allowing new skin to form without scars. There is also laser resurfacing, which works in a similar way, but heals way faster than other resurfacing methods. Finally, if you want immediate results, try facial fillers. The fillers are injected into the skin of your face, evening it out and removing the scars in the process. However, even though the results of such a treatment are instantaneous, they do not last forever and you might need to go with a follow-up treatment a year or two later.