Acne Scars & Acne Marks - How To Reduce Their Appearance?
Posted On: - 2009-12-05 04:19:50
Acne is a common skin concern among women. Acne is formed when your skin pores get clogged with dead skin cells, oil and other impurities thus forming a breeding environment for P. acnes (acne causing bacteria). And there is no single form of acne. Rather, it appears in different forms and leaves ugly marks and scars on the skin as it leaves.
However, there is a difference between acne scars and acne marks. Acne scars are the marks and protrusions that are left behind on your skin after acne. On the other hand, acne marks are flat pigmented spots that are left behind by pimples.
Treatment of Acne Scars & Acne Marks
More often than not, acne marks fade away on their own after some time. However, at times it can take time and not lighten for months and years altogether to go completely. Here are some tips to treat acne marks and scars and achieve a smooth and flawless complexion.
Always Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreens are an essential part of your skin care regimen even when you are not treating acne marks. Sunscreen protect your skin against the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun (that penetrate the skin and cause intrinsic damage) and prevents any cancerous lesions. However, it can be ingeniously helpful for lightening acne marks and scars as well. This is because sunscreens prevent macules and other dark spots from darkening more due to sun exposure. Try the new Skin Care Heaven Chemical-Free SPF 30 Sunblock. It is a broad-spectrum sunblock containing powerful antioxidants that help moisturize the skin while protecting from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Exfoliation is a key process that helps scrape off dead skin cells from the surface and reveal the new healthy ones from underneath. Because it helps shed off old skin, it also helps to fade acne marks by bringing the newer skin to the surface. You can either try mechanical exfoliation by scrubs and other exfoliating products or go for chemical exfoliation options like microdermabrasion etc. Skin Care Heaven Anti-Aging Exfoliating Scrub is an excellent choice for women trying to lighten acne scars. It gently removes dead skin cells and excess oil by delivering a soothing wave of heat, leaving the skin soft with a youthful glow.
Use Retinoid & AHA based Skin Care Products
Retinoids are excellent ingredient that help you get rid of acne marks and other types of hyperpigmentation like age spots and allergy scars. Consider using prescription retinoid products containing efficient quantities of retinoids or other over-the-counter products with alpha hydroxy acids as active ingredients.
In fact, you can use Skin Care Heaven Basic Acne Clarifying System. It reduces and restores blemished skin while dramatically improving the overall texture and tone of the skin. The system contains:
Resurfacing Cleanser that cleans the skin and unclogs the pores thus preventing future breakouts.
Resurfacing Toning Pads that gently exfoliate and rejuvenate acne-prone skin.
Clarifying Acne Gel is an anti-bacterial spot treatment to reduce breakouts.
Chemical-Free SPF 30 moisturizes while protecting the skin from harmful UV-Rays of the sun.
Apply Skin Lighteners
In addition to all these steps, you can can also skin lightening products that contain ingredients like Kojic Acid, Mulberry extract, Vitamin C and so on. Another efficient skin-lightener is Hydroquinone.
Exfoliation and applying topical skin care products can really help fasten the lightening process and heal the skin. However, don't expect overnight results. Be patient and use them consistently so that the products give you effective results.
Naomi Andrews is a professional esthetician and skin care professional. She has worked in a number of spas and medical spas across the world. She writes several articles informing wormen about the various nuances of oily skin care, acne scar treatment and suggests discount skin care products.