Acne Scar removal

Acne and acne scars are a source of stress for every person, no matter the age or gender. With treatments and remedies, you manage to get rid of the acne, but the stubborn scars stay there, unwilling to move.
Outer beauty isn’t the only reason people want to get rid of acne scars; these provide them their insecurities, lack of confidence, and other self-esteem issues.

But what if there was a way you could get rid of them?
Home remedies have been tried and tested, and while they can help in lightening the scaring, no home remedy is able to completely get rid of the scarring. In those situations, acne scar removal is perhaps your best option.
Much better to leave it to the professionals, right?

Types of acne scars

Acne scars can be put into 2 categories atrophic and Hypertrophic. 

These types of scars are usually flat, thin scars or depressed scars, and they are further divided into ice-pick, rolling, and boxcar.

These are deep, narrow, and pitted scars. Due to their narrow and deep nature, they are probably the harshest and relentless compared to all other types of scaring. Since they are such severe scars, it is almost impossible to get rid of them at home, and you may want to seek a professional dermatologist. Even then, they might not be able to get rid of them completely but can greatly reduce the appearance and texture of them.

Rolling scars are broader depressions with a sloping edge. They are a very common type of scarring that is usually caused by the healing of the actual acne. 

They aren’t as deep as ice pick either only about a few millimeters and are usually formed where our skin is thick such as the jaw or the lower cheeks.

Boxcar acts are another common type of acne scar, about 20 to 30 percent of all people have these. They are generally not that deep and like oval-shaped depression, like a crater.

They stand somewhere in the middle, wider than the ice-pick but not as wide as a rolling scar.

Lastly, the hypertrophic or keloid scars are much thicker and are often raised. These types of scars are also wider than the others. The main reason they appear after acne is that the skin produces too much collagen. This is most certainly not because you are doing anything wrong, it just takes place naturally due to your skin type.

Typical at-home treatments for acne scars

When you have acne scars, you can understand the frustration, wanting to remove them immediately. And the easiest solution we can find to that is at-home treatments. Now, these can be of 2 kinds either those over the counter drugs that claim to completely reduce acne scars and the second is at home remedies. Both these types work to a certain extent. 

For over the counter drugs and treatments, the most common are salicylic acid and retinoids. Salicylic acid eliminates dirt and debris that is present in the pores; it also reduces redness, which can reduce the appearance of scarring. This is the main ingredient in many acne creams, and people use them in their daily routines. Retinoids, on the other hand, are great for removing hyperpigmentation, which can reduce acne scars by a lot. Both of these, however, should be used with caution; they aren’t fit for every skin type, which is why people with sensitive skin may opt for home remedies.

If you search for home remedies for acne scars, you will find so many results you’ll spend your life just trying them all out. But the gist of all them is to use naturally occurring anti-inflammatory, exfoliating, or moisturizing ingredients.

Some examples of these could be aloe vera, baking soda, lemon juice, honey, and even coconut oil. Now they aren’t completely wrong. Some might even work out for you, but more often than not, they completely ruin your skin since you aren’t a professional and don’t know what suits your skin.

Different grades to acne scarring

When we treat acne at home, we essentially have no idea what we are doing. Although, when you visit a dermatologist, the first thing they’ll check will be the grade of your acne scarring. The grades are from 1-4, 4 being the most severe. So let’s see which grade you fit into.

Scarring in grade 1 is flat and has areas of decreased or increased pigmentation. It isn’t that severe and can probably be treated easily.

A prime example of grade 2 would be the rolling scars that we talked about earlier, they can easily be covered by makeup and are called mild.

This is known as a moderate case, and it’s much harder to cover these with makeup. That’s when the real problem begins for us.

This is the most severe of scarring, and even the stretching of skin can’t flatten these out. An example of these would be the ice-pick scars or boxcar scars.

How to prevent acne scarring

Now that we’ve talked about the types of acne and how to treat it at home let’s talk about how it can be prevented in the first place.
There are some pretty easy steps and precautions that anyone can follow.

  1. Firstly, start treatment as soon as possible. Don’t wait for a gross disgusting infection to form or giant craters on your face to occur before you see a doctor.
  2. Don’t irritate your skin. Try to reduce touching or poking at your pimples and scars, this can increase inflammation and cause your acne to most likely scar. I know it’s a hard ask, but you have to power through.
  3. Talk to your doctor. Some people generally get larger and deeper pimples, which are more likely to scar, or sometimes you just have the skin type where even a small zit leaves a scar. So talk to your doctor so they can nip the problem in the bud.

Procedures to reduce acne scars

Nowadays, you get a lot of choice in the procedures you do for acne scar treatment. Dermabrasion isn’t the only option. But with many choices, the problem of what is right comes up. And truthfully. It just depends on your choice.

This is the most widely known way of scar removal but only use it if you have severe scars since the process involves removing the top layer of your skin with a rotating wire brush.

This one is much safer as it uses a laser to make the appearance of your skin significantly better. But remember lasers aren’t toys, don’t attempt this with an at-home laser.

This is a minor surgery that removes individual acne scars and replaces them with a skin graft. There are multiple risks involved with this one, so go for it at your own discretion.

I know what you’re thinking, and it’s not that. Botox only relaxes the skin around the scar, making it appear less obvious. Botox dissolves, though, so you might need to get refills from time to time.

That’s about it, your complete guide to acne scarring, the types, reasons how it can be prevented, and how it can be treated. Remember to always consult a doctor before going through with any major procedures and not to ruin your skin with things you aren’t familiar with.

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