Pimple scars essentially come in two forms: early acne scars that are really just blemishes that later go away, as well as longer-lasting acne scars that are pock marks in the tissue of the skin. The bad news is that serious, untreated acne can cause both types of scarring. The good news is that blemishes can be almost completely removed from the skin, and even longer-lasting acne scars are beginning to be significantly reduced with the help of medical technology. Read on for a discussion on how to erase any type of pimple scar you might have.
Treating Early Acne Scars (Blemishes)
Reduce the redness. Fight the redness of a blemish by applying cortisone cream to the scar. Cortisone will help fight the inflammation and surrounding redness of the scar, making it appear less noticeable. Try to find cortisone cream that won’t block your pores, as fighting scars but causing acne is a losing battle.
Try fade creams such as kojic acid and arbutin. Fade creams will help lighten the pigment of the skin that has been blemished, reducing the visibility of the blemish.
Stay away from hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a fade cream used to lighten pigments in the skin, but which has recently fallen out of favor due to concerns about possible cancer-causing properties. Again, it doesn’t matter much whether your skin is blemish-free if it means you’ll get cancer.
Use retinoids, AHAs and BHAs, as well as vitamin C. These three medicines improve the look of the skin by promoting healing.
1. Retinoids. Topical retinoids such as Retin-A or Tazorac are used both in the treatment of acne and scarring, although women who are pregnant should stay about from retinoids.
2. Alpha-hydroxy acids or Beta-hydroxy acids. AHAs and BHAs are chemical peels that help remove the top layer of dead skin, revealing the newer, less blemished skin underneath.
3. Vitamin C. Asorbic acid, or simply vitamin C, is an effective way to remove acne scars. Buy it in a cream or serum.
Use lemon juice. Lemon juice isn’t a doctor-recommended blemish-buster, but it’s been a popular skin-lightening remedy for many years now. Try soaking a cotton ball in some fresh lemon juice and rubbing gently onto blemishes. If the mixture stings, try diluting it with a little bit of water. If you decide to use lemon juice, understand a few things :
1. Lemon juice will fight acne-causing bacteria. It may not be as good as a prescribed medication given to you by your doctor, but it’s effective.
2. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun while using lemon juice to lighten your skin. Prolonged sunlight is bad for your acne scars as it is, but with lemon juice on your skin, it’s particularly bad.
3. Lemon juice will take time to work. Give it a week before you dismiss it and opt for another blemish-reduction treatment (of which there are many). It often takes a full month of application before significant results obtain.
Avoid using creams with vitamin E . Creams with vitamin E actually may do more harm than good. Because it’s a “vitamin,” we’re tempted to think it’s harmless. In fact, one University of Miami study reported that vitamin E treatment had no effect or negative consequences in 90% of subjects, and only improvement in 10% of cases.