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Acne can affect people of any age at any point in their life. It takes some adults years to completely eradicate acne. Unfortunately, getting rid of painful pimples and blackheads isn’t the end of the battle.
Many people deal with acne scars and marks. As you can understand, if left untreated, they don’t go away easily.
There is some good news, however! First, it’s never too late to take care of your skin and remove dark spots and acne scars. Second, the whole process shouldn’t take more than three months if you’re doing everything right.
When you’re ready to begin, here are some things you need to know about treating your skin after acne:
Home remedies for acne scars
If all you have is small acne scars and dark spots, there are a few home remedies you should try. It goes without saying that you must consult a dermatologist before starting any treatment. Some of the remedies listed below may not be suitable for your skin type.
Lemon juice can help you solve the dark spots problem, but only if you use it occasionally. Regular use of lemon juice can cause painful burns. Nor is there any research to prove that lemon juice can help get rid of old scars.
If you want to try it out, follow the safety guidelines. First, mix lemon juice with another ingredient like yogurt, honey, or oatmeal. Second, don’t hold it on your face for too long. five minutes would be enough. It is important to stay away from the sun on the day you apply the mixture.
Some studies have shown that aloesin (a compound found in aloe vera) can help lighten pigmentation. Aloe vera is safe and effective when used at home. According to PrimalHarvest.com, it can reduce inflammation, increase collagen production, and boost the immune response.
You can either use pure aloe vera and apply it topically, mix it with honey and lemon juice, or buy a beauty product that contains aloesin.
If you want to incorporate pure aloe vera into your beauty routine there is nothing to worry about as this natural component does not cause any side effects.
Using aloe vera won’t help you completely remove acne scars, but it will moisturize your skin and fade dark spots.
Black seed oil
Also known as Nigella sativa, black seed oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties and can reduce inflammation and make your scars less visible.
In addition, thanks to vitamin A and amino acids, this natural component can nourish your skin and slow down the signs of aging. It’s also worth noting that black seed oil can also be beneficial for those with eczema and psoriasis.
Feel free to apply it topically to your skin. Test this natural ingredient on a small area of your skin to make sure it won’t cause irritation or allergic reactions.
In-office treatment for acne scars
If you want to see results faster, consider office acne scar treatments. Before choosing any of these treatments, make sure that you don’t have active acne. It is important to find a reliable provider who will also provide recommendations on how to treat your skin after the procedure.
Laser treatment is one of the easiest ways to reduce the appearance of acne scars on the face, back, neck, upper body, and arms.
Only your dermatologist can decide if you are ready for this procedure. People with wrinkles, darker skin tone, or acne breakouts cannot receive laser treatment as it may only worsen their skin condition.
If you are the right candidate for laser treatment, plan for unexpected finances. A single laser skin resurfacing procedure can cost up to two thousand dollars. You should also consider the number of procedures required as not all scars can be treated in one session.
During the procedure, a doctor removes the top layer of skin with a laser. It might sound a little scary, but there is nothing to worry about. You won’t feel any pain after two hours. The only side effect is redness; It can take up to two weeks to wear off.
Your provider will give you instructions on how to prepare for laser treatment. You must stop smoking and stop using skin care products that contain retinol two weeks before the procedure.
After the procedure, your scars will be less visible and your skin will become smoother. It’s important to mention that this procedure won’t help you get soft baby skin right away. Your acne scars may not go away completely.
Skin needles can help you get rid of acne scars and the first signs of aging. The science behind the procedure is simple: the skin produces more collagen during the skin stitching process. Additional collagen increases blood circulation, improves the elasticity and texture of the skin. Microneedling is recommended for patients with depressed acne scars.
After the procedure, you may experience some side effects such as inflammation, redness, and bruising. If you drink plenty of water, protect your skin from the sun, and follow your doctor’s recommendations, the side effects will go away within a few days.
Microneedling can also be used for sun damage, hair loss, surgical scars, and stretch marks.
A session costs around $ 300. Keep in mind that you may need more than one session to see the first results. Choose your provider carefully – only professional dermatologists can perform this procedure.
If you want to see results faster, consider trying chemical peels. You can rejuvenate your skin by removing the top layer of skin with this procedure. Chemical peel is also recommended for active acne and clogged pores.
The only challenge is finding the right type of chemical peel.
Chemical peels at home can help you get rid of fading dark spots. If you have acne scars, it is better to consult a dermatologist before trying anything for yourself.
Use glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, phytic acid, and mandelic acid for chemical peels at home. These acids are suitable for all skin types. Stay away from scrubs that contain TCA (trichloroacetic acid), as these can damage your skin if not used properly. Before and after the procedure, you should avoid using acne clearing products and Retin-A.
If you do a peel without expert supervision, the results may not be what you expected. In addition, peelings at home are weaker than in the doctor’s office. Effective deep exfoliation requires cleansing and general anesthesia throughout the skin. You may need to do a chemical peel every six weeks.
The bottom line
Getting rid of acne is only the first step. To win the final battle, you need to remove acne scars and dark spots. While it’s never too late to start this process, the better to remove old scars, the sooner the better.
Consult a dermatologist to find the best treatment for your skin. You can recommend a chemical peel, microneedling, or laser treatment. You can also try various home remedies such as aloe vera, lemon juice, or black seed oil.
Remember, it is possible to get clear, smooth skin. You’re halfway there! Find the right option for your skin now and enjoy the results!
Maya Kislykh is a multilingual content writer based in Poland. After completing her bachelor’s degree in film and production management, Maya worked as a journalist delivering insightful analysis based on accurate news and information. Her latest love: Noam Chomsky’s books.