Fighting acne, and especially cystic acne, can leave scars which, if they’re not properly treated, can last the rest of your life. Some people discover that bad acne scarring can keep them from dating and being social.
Rather than run the risk of deep scarring that can only be treated in a dermatologist’s office, taking initiative to reduce the scars’ appearance when they first form would be better. Here are 6+ ways for you to treat your acne scars before they get worse.
1. Hydroquinone. According to The Strategist, products containing hydroquinone help fade the appearance of scars. Look for products that contain a 2 percent solution of hydroquinone.
2. Hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone cream reduces inflammation and redness. Prevention recommends using it to lighten the appearance of fresh acne scars.
3. Alpha hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy acid lightens scars and exfoliates that skin, all at the same time. Finding products that contain this acid may help prevent scarring, according to Healthline.
4. Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C encourages collagen production in the skin, reducing scars and redness. The Strategist says to look for this key ingredient in your acne treatment cream.
5. Sunscreen. Healthline reminds people that using sunscreen goes beyond just protecting against skin cancer. The sun can actually make acne scars darker, so covering your face with sunscreen while fighting acne should become a habit.
6. Exfoliating. Removing the dead and damaged skin and scar tissue build-up may help reduce long-term scarring. Prevention recommends regularly exfoliating your face. Look for exfoliates that contain salicylic acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid.
7. Lactic acid peels. Healthline reports that doing a lactic acid peel every two weeks for three months appears to improve the texture and appearance of skin, helping lighten the scars.
Remember, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin’s maxim may be what you need to help reduce and prevent acne scarring.