Nearly everyone will develop acne at some point in their life. Skin blemishes are often viewed as a rite of passage for adolescents entering their teenage years, with both boys and girls developing whiteheads, blackheads, and other forms of acne. Even when it clears up, though, acne can leave behind a visual reminder in the form of unsightly scars.
Don’t Pop or Scratch Pimples
The golden rule of dealing with acne is to never pop or scratch it. When you pop a pimple, it creates an open wound by breaking the skin. This, of course, increases the risk of infection, as well as scarring. You can still apply a topical acne solution to your pimples, but avoid the temptation of popping or otherwise messing with them.
Wearing sunscreen lotion alone isn’t going to miraculously make your acne scars disappear, but it will help minimize the appearance of your scars while also protecting against further damage. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can wreck havoc on the skin, causing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. If the skin is already disturbed from scarring, this can intensity the condition by making it even more visible. The bottom line is that you should always wear sunscreen lotion when staying outdoors for 30 minutes or longer. And remember, choose a variety of sunscreen with a high Sun Protection Factor (SPF), as this indicates its ability to block UV rays.
The next time you experience redness and/or inflammation caused by acne, apply a small amount of cortisone cream to the affected area. Once absorbed by the skin, cortisone cream will reduce inflammation — a key element in the formation of scarring. Cortisone cream can be purchased from most drug stores without a prescription.
Arguably, the most important step in reducing the appearance of acne scars is to use a daily moisturizer. Acne scars often form as a result of the constant stress placed on the skin’s collagen (the stuff that gives skin its elasticity). When there’s not enough collagen, the skin becomes prone to scarring and other forms of injury. Thankfully, however, you can reduce the risk of acne scars by applying a daily moisturizer to your skin.
Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of acne scars and how to prevent them.