Acne is the name given to those pimples that occur when the skin become plugged with old and dead skin cells, making the perfect place for bacteria to multiply and create those red and sometimes pus-filled pimples. It is normally the teen years when acne occurs but this condition will sometimes appear in adults too.
Adding to the problem can be acne scarring.
The most serious scarring is caused by more severe and stubborn types of acne which causes nodules (painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps) to erupt under the skin. To prevent scarring, it is wise to: use a natural form of treatment as soon as possible after the acne starts; eliminate grains, sugars, sweets, potatoes and corn to create an environment that does not allow bacteria and inflammation to flourish; and lower your stress levels which is one of the main causes of acne; so that it does not develop into severe acne and then scarring.
If you are reading this article and you are concerned about existing acne scarring, there are still ways to improve the look and feel of your skin so the effects of the scarring are reduced.
- Laser resurfacing – this procedure is carried out by your doctor or dermatologist. The laser acts by removing the damaged top layer of skin while firming up the middle layer so that the skin is left smoother. This procedure can take up to an hour depending on the extent of the scarring. A local anaesthetic is usually given to reduce any pain and the skin will heal completely within 10 days.
- Dermabrasion – this method for acne scar removal uses a rotating wire brush or spinning diamond instrument to wear down the surface of the skin. Then a new layer replaces the skin that has been worked on to give a new smoother look. This method will take up to 3 weeks to heal.
- A natural product specially formulated with essential oils and natural plant extracts is another method to consider for the improvement of acne scars without resorting to the pain and discomfort of surgery or the expense. There is no burning or itching and only 100% natural ingredients are used in the formula.
Both laser resurfacing and dermabrasion lead to the skin becoming redder for up to several months. It is also important to know that neither method can be carried out while there is an active acne outbreak. If you have just one or two red or brownish blemishes or marks on the face from an acne pimple, you can rest assured that these should fade away within about 12 months.
Always be wary of what you put on your skin at all times as everything is absorbed, including any toxins and chemicals. In addition, commercial skin products can be harsh. Check the ingredients and always go for the natural option. A cleansing regime of the face and other affected areas of the skin should be carried out at least twice a day, using natural and safe products.