When your skin begins to heal from acne or other wounds, it can be a relief—until you develop a scar. Here's how to stop scarring before it begins.
Just when you think you've made your way through the storm of acne and other skin problems, you may find yourself wrestling with an even more intractable issue: scarring. Particularly if your acne was severe, you may develop deep pits in your face. But anyone can develop acne scars, which range from tiny pink dots to layers of damaged tissue.
You can stop these scars before they start with the right treatment protocols. Here's what to do if you think your skincare journey might end with facial scarring.
Who's Vulnerable to Acne Scarring?
Almost anyone can develop acne scars. Some risk factors that make you especially vulnerable include:
- Cystic acne. If you experienced deep acne that was red, painful, and inflamed, you may be more vulnerable to pronounced scarring.
- A history of picking your acne. Picking introduces bacteria into the skin, slows the healing journey, and renders your skin more vulnerable to scarring.
- Sensitive skin. People with sensitive skin often develop other issues alongside their acne, including severe allergic reactions. This can increase the odds of serious scarring.
- A family history of acne scars.
Lifestyle Strategies to Reduce Acne Scarring
You can take a number of proactive steps to reduce your vulnerability to acne scarring, even if your breakouts haven't yet cleared. Try some of the following:
- Don't pick at your face or even touch your breakouts. These practices introduce more bacteria into your skin, slow healing time, and potentially damage the skin such that scarring becomes inevitable.
- Don't use more than three acne treatments at once. Excessively harsh acne treatments can damage your skin, making you more vulnerable to scars.
- If you have cystic acne or severe breakouts, talk to your doctor about prescription remedies. These treatments can speed up healing, reducing the odds that you will develop serious acne scarring.
- Take a multivitamin. Quality nutrition can help your skin heal more quickly.
- Try applying vitamin E directly to your skin. This safe, natural remedy may speed wound healing. There's also some evidence that vitamin E can reduce scarring.
- Promptly treat all breakouts. The longer a breakout goes untreated, the more time it has to damage your skin.
Treatments to Prevent Scars From Developing
If you're already noticing scars, or your acne was severe, lifestyle remedies might not be enough. You need a treatment regimen that will stop scars before they begin.
Scar prevention is a two-step process:
- Help your skin shed dead cells and heal more quickly with gentle exfoliation twice per week. To get even more out of your routine, try an overnight peel. Alpha-H Beauty Sleep Power Peel sloughs off the top layer of skin, ensuring that you wake up to a softer, smoother, and less scar-prone complexion.
- Apply a scar treatment directly to any area that's already scarred or vulnerable to scarring. If there's still a mark a week or more after a blemish has cleared, this is a good signal that you may be developing a scar. ASAP Radiance Serum With AHA/BHA offers gentle exfoliation while delivering scar-minimising ingredients.