Many teens and even twenties have to put up with acne but when the acne leads to scarring too, it just seems to be so unfair. Personal appearance and good looks are especially important to the young – their self esteem and feeling good about themselves is paramount.
Acne is a major cause of facial scarring
Fortunately, there are many different options open to teens and twenties to get rid of or lessen those acne scars so that they do not have to feel so self-conscious any more.
Conventional scar removal by medical practitioners
- Surgery is one way where the doctor will cut out the scar and close the wound with tiny stitches, leaving behind a smaller barely noticeable scar.
- Laser surgery has become very popular and different lasers are used for different types of scars with a CO₂ laser beam being the one for acne scars. Lasers are effective in removing facial scars because they can both lighten dark scars and even out the skin's surface. Laser skin resurfacing is suggested for those indented acne type of scars in the skin. The damaged top layer of skin is removed while the middle layer is exposed and firmed to reveal a smoother skin.
- Cryosurgery is another method where super cooled liquid nitrogen is applied to scarred tissue to wear it away without damaging the skin underneath. Although it can be uncomfortable, this method is suggested for those more prominent, raised scars.
- Yet another treatment used for scars on the face is micro-dermabrasion, using a small device (a rotating wire brush or spinning diamond instrument) that wears down or buffs out the top layer of the skin, leading to a smoother face with less damage.
Choosing a natural remedy for scar removal gives you plenty of options too
Here are our top suggestions:
1. Vitamin E
can be used by breaking open a capsule of this vitamin and rubbing it on any scar damaged areas or already healed skin to prevent scarring. Vitamin E stimulates the formation of collagen while improving skin texture and strength. Do not use on any existing wounds.
2. The tannin content in witch hazel
has strong astringent as well as antioxidant properties. Apply straight to the area of skin affected by acne using fresh cotton wool balls twice a day as a gentle preventative for scarring by helping any loose skin around the scar tissue to tighten up.
3. Essential oils
, form part of the treatment for scars
and other conditions. Essential Oils are the ingredients supplied by mother nature to treat and soothe the skin, working on all types of scars with their cell regenerating and skin nourishing properties, safely and gently reducing the appearance of new and older scars as well as keloid scars. The natural remedy can be used on fresh wounds, reducing the appearance of keloids before they occur.
4. Aloe Vera
will regenerate the skin tissue while fighting inflammation and providing soothing moisture. An aloe vera plant leaf sliced lengthwise (to expose the sap) can be applied to the skin.
5. Bentonite clay
detoxes the pores while helping to heal the skin and reduce any redness. Apply a paste of the clay and water onto the skin. Once dry, rinse off with warm water.
6. Mix carrot juice
with 1 tsp natural sea salt
to make a paste which can be massaged on to any scars in a circular movement. Rinse with warm water once dry.
7. Coconut Oil
is rich in fatty acids that will work like antioxidants to prevent and reverse damage to the skin. Include some in your diet every day for skin protection while applying some of the oil to any damaged skin at the same time.
8. Sea salt baths
will naturally absorb toxins from the skin, acting as an antiseptic. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons to the warm water in your bath tub and enjoy a good soak for 30 to 45 minutes, once or twice a week.
can improve the skin too, achieving smoother and healthier skin by helping to treat several skin problems. A scrub made from nutmeg powder and orange lentil powder can remove blackheads or if you suffer from acne marks, nutmeg can also help make your scars less noticeable.
There are three types of acne skin conditions that can lead to scarring
- Acne vulgaris is the most common form of acne, including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. It is the papules that you have to be careful of for scarring. Resist the temptation to squeeze them. Red or brownish colored marks on your face are more than likely to fade away in a matter of months.
- Acne rosacea can be confused with the acne vulgaris. Rosacea affects millions of people and appears as a red rash normally on the cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. As the redness is often accompanied by typical acne symptoms of bumps, pimples and skin blemishes, you can see how the two conditions can be confused. Acne rosacea scars are also a possibility.
- Cystic acne is one of the more severe types of acne and almost always leaves some degree of scarring behind, taking a long time to heal and at worst leaving behind a permanent reminder with pits and marks which in some cases can stretch across a wide area of skin. Prevention is best with this type of acne. Avoid touching or picking and follow a healthy lifestyle so that the skin has the very best chance of rejuvenating and healing itself.
Do your best to avoid acne in the first place
Cleansing is top of the list to reduce latent bacteria on the skin’s surface, remembering to use warm water, natural products and a clean wash cloth 2 to 3 three times a day. Lifestyle changes are important too such as drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water daily; taking plenty of vitamins A, C and E and zinc as well as ensuring your vitamin D levels are high; and including lots of leafy vegetables and fresh fruit in your diet.
Going gluten free can be the most important step you take in tackling acne outbreaks.