“Why don’t these damned marks go away?”
“I am so sick of having acne marks all over my face!”
“Blast these acne scars! When will they go?”
This may well be a common situation in the house of many teenagers who find their skin erupting in pimples and acne the moment they reach puberty. And what is worse, pimples and acne leave behind stubborn marks that refuse to go away.
And wait, it does not end once you reach adulthood. Hormonal changes, pregnancy, stress, and other factors cause acne to reappear every once in a while, throughout adult life too.
So, what does one do about acne and the marks it leaves behind? How can one make these marks disappear? Do they go away at all?
This and more queries on acne are answered here. Read on to know more.
Causes for Acne
It is important to understand that when a pimple or acne appears on our skin, it’s a kind of inflammation or breakout that results in scarring of skin.
Scars are formed when the underlying tissues of the skin are damaged by the acne breakout. Scars may be atrophic (formed as depressions due to lack of enough collagen), or hypertrophic (caused by too much collagen while healing).
Scary, isn’t it? But relax, the good news is that acne scars do heal and fade away with acne mark removal skincare treatments done by professionals.
Also, if your scars are just a result of hyperpigmentation, post acne, then they can heal and fade away with natural skincare treatments you can follow at home.
Do acne marks go away?
As we have seen acne scars are formed when there is damage to the skin, resulting in abnormal collagen production. The spots that stay on after a pimple has healed, are caused by inflammation that has disrupted the skin's natural healing process.
Acne marks may be temporary or permanent depending on the extent of damage to the skin. Before we discuss how to fade acne scars, let’s see how to avoid these in the first place.
Prevention is far better than cure, so make sure you do your best to prevent scars that are caused by acne.
1. One way of preventing scars from forming is by leaving the acne alone, without picking or scratching or squeezing it. Do not touch it often, or rub the area. Such actions irritate the skin and damage skin tissue, thus making scars inevitable. So, it follows that if you have a pimple, do not touch or mess around with it!
2. Avoid venturing out in the sun without applying a sunscreen that has a high SPF to protect against UV damage. Sun damage to the skin results in spots and discolorations that aggravate acne marks.
3. Clean skin is acne free skin. Simple. Cleanse, exfoliate and tone your skin regularly. Clean, oil-free skin is less likely to erupt in pimples and acne, thus resulting in lesser chances of acne marks.
4. Let your skin heal at night by using a natural night cream with Bakuchiol (the natural alternative to Retinol) to soothe and repair skin.
How long do acne marks take to heal?
After the pimple, the scar! It just doesn’t seem fair, does it? You have suffered enough due to the ugly pimple, now you are stuck with a near permanent mark.
You will find that some acne marks fade on their own, while some are stubborn and refuse to heal. Here, it's useful to know the type of acne scar you have. While some scars are just dark spots that will fade on their own, if the tissue has been damaged it will require advanced treatment.
If your marks are from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), then the good news is that it is relatively temporary. Using a daily moisturizer with SPF, and regular exfoliation to increase skin cell turnover, can help fade PIH. Vitamin C serum for face is extremely effective in dealing with such hyperpigmentation.
If the skin damage is deep, you may need professional diagnosis and treatment. Treatment of stubborn acne scars that damage the skin tissue is through laser, microdermabrasion, or micro-needling. All these need to be done by trained professionals. Chemical peels that help in fading acne scars also needs to be done clinically.
What can I use for acne prone skin?
It all follows that the best option to deal with acne scars is to avoid them in the first place. Acne prone skin that has a tendency to break out in pimples and blackheads, can be kept in check by keeping the skin clean and inhibiting sebum production.
The following skincare components are beneficial for dealing with acne marks caused by hyperpigmentation:
1. Vitamin C, in combination with antioxidants, stimulates collagen production to treat atrophic scars. Vitamin C also helps in improving skin radiance.
2. A form of Vitamin B3 - Niacinamide has proven efficacy in reducing acne spots and scars. Niacinamide for skin lowers hyperpigmentation caused from acne.
3. Another beneficial ingredient in helping remove acne marks is clay face washes and masks. These are great in preventing mild forms of acne, such as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads, that erupt when skin pores are clogged with excessive dirt and oil.
It is always better to opt for the natural alternatives to harmful chemical laden skincare products. Chemicals and additives lead to side effects like skin allergies or reactions.
Claim your right to blemish free skin!