What Are the Causes of Acne Scarring?
Acne is thought to affect 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30. Scarring can be an unpleasant side effect of breakouts, but fortunately, the damage to your skin can be minimised.
Acne scarring is classified into two types. Scars that are “depressed” or “atrophic” are the most common. This type manifests as dents in the skin caused by tissue loss.
“Keloid” or “hypertrophic” scarring occurs when the skin produces new collagen fibres, the protein that gives skin strength and flexibility. These scars are more unusual because they are raised above the skin’s surface.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars with Vaseline
This acne scar removal information will give you ideas on how to improve and reduce the appearance of acne scars at home using non-prescription remedies (Vaseline). It will also provide an overview of medical professionals’ treatments. Concerns about skin care or health should always be addressed by a dermatologist or doctor.
Scars Caused by Acne
Scars that are depressed or atrophic are classified as follows:
• Ice Pick Scars
These are deep, narrow (around 2mm wide) scars that look similar to open pores. Ice pick scars account for approximately 65-70% of atrophic scars.
• Rolling Scars
These are the result of skin damage. They are typically larger than 4-5mm and cause shadowing on the skin’s surface. Atrophic scars account for 15-25% of all scars.
• Boxcars Scars
These are typically round scars that resemble rolling or chicken pox scars. They are typically wider at the surface and are frequently compared to craters.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars
You will not be able to completely remove acne scars. However, with some common sense measures, you may be able to help reduce the appearance of acne scars over time.
Stay out of the sun.
The sun’s UV rays activate your melanin-producing cells (melanocytes). This can darken your skin and make scars appear more visible. Wear SPF 15 or higher sunscreen and reapply frequently. The sun is at its brightest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., so avoid direct sunlight during these hours.
Moisture is required for your skin to heal and improve its appearance. The stratum corneum, or top layer of skin, can absorb three times its weight in water. If you have acne scarring on your body (for example, shoulders and back), moisturise with Vaseline® Intensive Care Deep Restore Lotion. It is formulated with nutrients and multi-layer moisture to penetrate deep down and can help keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking.
Some acne scar removal procedures are available; however, you should always consult with a qualified dermatologist about the benefits and risks before committing. Your surgeon may advise you to:
Dermabrasion is the removal of the top layer of skin with a rapidly rotating device. Dermabrasion can smooth your skin by remodelling its structural proteins.
Laser treatment is classified into two types. A small patch of skin is removed during ablative laser treatment to leave a smoother area. Non-ablative laser treatment involves using a laser to stimulate collagen growth, tightening skin, and repairing scarring damage.
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Punch Technique: This technique is useful for treating ice pick and deep boxcar scars. The punch technique has several variations, but all involve surgically removing scars and smoothing the skin.
Assist in the Prevention of Acne Scars
You may scar even if you treat your breakouts properly. Here are a few simple preventative measures that may aid in the reduction of acne scars.