Acne scars can be a frustrating reminder of past breakouts, but thankfully they are not permanent. With the right treatment, most acne scars will fade over time. In this article, we will explore the different treatments available for acne scars and how to best treat them.
What are acne scars and what causes them?
Acne scars are caused when the skin is damaged by acne lesions. The body produces collagen to heal the damage, but sometimes this collagen is produced in too much or too little quantity, which can cause scarring. Scarring can also occur if harsh methods of dealing acne like picking or popping damage the skin. There are four main types of acne scars; ice pick, boxcar, rolling and atrophic. Ice pick scars are deep pits in the skin that look like someone took a small sharp object to your face. Boxcar scars appear like lightning bolts across the skin. Rolling scars are broad depressions in the skin like a bruise. Atrophic scars are shallow and flat and appear like little holes in the skin.
What can be done for acne scars at home?
Expensive dermatology treatments like microneedling and laser treatments aside, there are many options available to treat acne scars that all work in different ways. One of the most popular treatments for acne scarring is dermarolling, which involves using a device to puncture the skin with hundreds of needles. These needles can stimulate collagen production and help scars fade over time by improving the overall texture, tone and color of your skin. This treatment is done in several sessions that last about 15 minutes each through which you will experience some redness and discomfort. Another popular treatment that works similarly to dermarolling is microneedling, which uses the same device but has slightly larger needles for more noticeable discomfort.
Many people find tea tree oil to be effective in treating acne scars. Tea tree oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help reduce the size of existing acne lesions along with cleansing pores to prevent future breakouts. This makes tea tree oil an excellent treatment for acne scars. With the right skincare regimen, most acne scars can fade over time.
How can you prevent acne scars from forming in the first place?
With the right treatment, most acne scars will fade over time. In this article, we will explore the different treatments available for acne scars and how to best prevent them from forming in the first place. To do this, you should start a simple yet effective daily skin care routine and make sure you don't pick or pop any active blemishes, as this increases the likelihood of scarring. We recommend using the 3 in 1 kit to prevent acne (and therefore acne scars) from forming, and using the dermaroller included in this kit, along with the acne scar cream to treat and fade any scars you might already have.