How to get rid of acne scars and achieve a smoother complexion
Acne is a problem many people face throughout their lives. For some, it only lasts throughout our teenage years. For others, it happens during pregnancy, it can be triggered by stress, changes in the environment, changes in diet, hormones, medication, or a range of other things. And some still will suffer pretty severe acne for decades before finding a solution, or before their skin settles down naturally as they age.
Either way, most people can agree that having acne is not particularly pleasant. Even more upsetting are the acne scars and marks left behind after the acne has gone away. These can be temporary marks, simple discoloration of the skin that goes away by itself in a few months, or it can be more severe scarring that takes intensive treatment to heal and fade away.
In this article we’ll be sharing 6 ways to get rid of acne scars.
Micro-needling is a skin treatment that involves using a device—usually a roller covered in thousands of tiny needles, in order to create small punctures in the affected skin area. It helps reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines, and uneven skin texture. The idea is that by causing minimal injury to the skin using these tiny needles, you are able to activate the skin’s natural healing mechanism. This stimulates collagen production, which helps to smooth, even out, and plump up the skin for a more youthful and healthy look.
Banish skincare offers a huge range of high-quality products designed especially for acne-prone skin. Among them, they sell the Banisher Roller and the Banisher Stamp. The roller is for use on larger areas of skin, whereas the stamp is specially designed to allow you to avoid parts of the skin with active acne. Take your pick and try micro-needling—and be sure to follow all after-care instructions. Banish recommends applying sunscreen and avoiding the sun for one week after using the Banisher due to increased sensitivity from the tiny cuts left in the skin.
2. Collagen Supplements
Collagen is a component of the skin responsible for maintaining your skin’s elasticity, plumpness, and overall health and glow. It’s also responsible for keeping your bones, ligaments, and connective tissues healthy, so it actually has a multitude of benefits for your body, both inside and out. Unfortunately, our body’s natural collagen production starts decreasing around age 25, and decreases even more rapidly in women nearing menopause. That’s why our skin gets wrinkly as we get older, and also why elderly people often complain about pain in their joints. It’s all down to reduced levels of collagen.
Taking a collagen supplement can be hugely beneficial in reducing the appearance of acne scars. As mentioned in the micro-needling section, the reason why micro-needling helps your skin look better is because it stimulates the body’s natural collagen production. Well, if you want to boost collagen in your whole body, not just your skin, you might want to pop down to your local drugstore and look for a collagen supplement. They can come in the form of a pill, or a powder you can add to a drink.
Consult your GP if you have any questions or concerns about adding a supplement to your routine to make sure you are taking the right dose for your body.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil has the little-known superpower of being a great way to fade away scars. For those natural skincare fanatics out there, this is a great option for you. Just add a few drops of lavender oil to a simple moisturizer, and apply daily. If you want you can also add it into a spray bottle full of water and just spray on your face for a refreshing treat. You’ll be enveloped in a cloud of relaxing lavender scent, while the essential oil works to gently fade away your acne scars.
4. Mud Masks
Mud masks have a lot of benefits for all different kinds of skin. You can typically use them two or three times a week, depending on how sensitive your skin is, and watch as they slowly but surely improve the quality of your skin. While they tend to be most effective for active acne, there are many testimonials across the board that claim that mud masks have helped tremendously with acne scars as well.
Muddy Body’s Detox mask is a personal favorite, and the before-and-after photos from people who have used this mask don’t lie—you can genuinely see a huge improvement in the overall texture of the skin. And it’s no surprise if you look at the ingredients, which are specially chosen to repair skin cells and promote healthy cell growth. Try it for yourself!
Microdermabrasion is basically just a fancy term for exfoliating. It works by using tiny particles to remove the dead skin cells and stimulate growth and repair in the skin. In order for your acne scars to fade away, the most important thing is to slowly scrub away the old skin to make way for the new skin to grow and heal.
6. Fruit Acid Peel
There are many different kinds of peeling treatments available for treating acne. There’s glycolic acid, lactic acid, fruit acid, and more. Similarly, these acid peels and treatments come in varying concentrations and strengths. Some can be applied at home by the average consumer, while others need to be applied by a cosmetologist or a dermatologist with professional experience.
Going to a dermatologist for a fruit acid peel can really help to fast-track the recovery and rejuvenation of your skin. But be warned—the concentration used by professionals is significantly higher than what you would use at home and can be a bit painful. Essentially, what the acid does is it strips away the top layer of your skin to allow fresh, healthy skin to grow back and replace it.
Caring for your skin after Acid Peel
You will look terrible for a week or two after an acid peel—any active acne you may have had will turn into scabs, and your skin will be very sensitive and irritated. It is especially important to wear sunscreen and avoid excess sun exposure for the first week or two after a professional acid peel, to give your skin time to recover its upper protective layer.
The benefits of these treatments can be great. After an acid peel, your skin should be much more glowy, soft and healthy, and you should notice a significant reduction in scarring and acne. You may notice changes after just one treatment, or you may need to go back and do another one after a couple of months. Either way, it’s worth giving it a try to see if it works for you.
We hope these tips for fading out acne scars have helped you and given you some hope that it is possible to recover the health of your skin to the way it was before acne took over.