Three Ways to Reduce Pimple Scars

Pimple scars are the result of extreme acne breakouts.  Even after the initial blemish has faded, scars are present because of the loss of collagen to the inflamed skin.  Pimples scars are often in the form of pock marks or irritated redness patches on the face.  People with deep skin tones may also experience darkening of the skin.  The good news is that pimple scarring is avoidable and treatable.

Three Ways to Reduce Pimple Scars

1) Don’t Pick or Pop Pimples – Although it is highly tempting to pick or squeeze pimples, this act will only make your breakouts and scarring worse.  When you pop pimples, the pus and bacteria is pushed deeper into the skin which results in inflammation and more collagen damage.  Additionally, do not remove the scabs that cover pimples.  Scabs are the body’s  natural way of healing that wound.

2) Avoid the Sun- It is a myth that sunbathing will “zap” away acne and cover up scarring.  In fact, the sun is one of the biggest threats to the healing process of scars. The sun puts radiation into the skin causing more cells to mutate, more redness and creates a longer healing time.  The sun aggravates acne and actually causes additional breakouts. Always use a good zinc/titanium based sunscreen or apply a thick layer of mineral makeup everyday to avoid the sun’s damaging rays.

3) Fruit Acid Peels -  For persistent acne scars that have been on the face for an extended period of time, it is best to seek professional skincare help. One of the most effective treatments for reducing and eliminating acne scars is fruit acid peels.  Unlike chemical peels which are harsh, abrasive and painful,  fruit acids are naturally occurring substances found in a variety of places such as apples, mushrooms, milk and sugar cane. These acids, also called glycolic acids, remove the top layer of skin and stimulates the skin to produce natural collagen (which is needed to fill in the acne scars).

Fruit acid peels are most effective when performed in a series on a regular basis.  They vary in strength (from 5% to 50% glycolic, lactic and pyruvic acid) depending on your individual needs and skin complexion.

A professional esthetician trained in the treatment and care of pimple scarring can also recommendation a home-care routine to eliminate breakouts and fade acne scars.  For  more information on acne and scarring, contact Jessa Skin at 415-342-3413.

 

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