Don’t you just hate pimples? They come and go when they please and make us miserable. They hurt when they appear, and they leave behind the most horrible scars! If you are a little dusky, then you are left with little brown spots on your face. If you are fair, you have red or pink patches for scars. Neither is acceptable! Pimples or acne result from an over-secretion of an oily lubricant called sebum from the sebaceous glands in the skin, and the subsequent blocking of skin pores. This over-secretion of sebum can result from a hormonal imbalance or general oily skin. We cannot stop pimples, but we can try to reduce the intensity of the outbreaks and the chances of horrible scars.
- Do Not Poke A Zit: If you have a pimple growing on your face, and you are tempted to pick it, do not! The acne scar is a deep indentation resulting from picking at the blemish. Although it is not true for all cases, picking at the zit only makes it more difficult to remove the zit scar. The scar is the result of your white blood cells replacing the damaged cells in the punctured zit. The increased secretion of enzymes and the white blood cells together build a complex of cells that end up looking scaly and pink. So, hold back from poking that growing zit!
- Consult A Doctor: The intensity of acne scarring can vary among people. It can be mild, or severe. Home remedies can come handy for a small outbreak of acne. However, for severe and more permanent scarring, it is best that you consult a dermatologist. Your doctor can best advise you if you require a laser treatment, and on further medication for scar removal. Consulting your dermatologist is a good idea when you are growing the zit. They can prescribe you proper treatment suiting your skin type and its requirements.
- Use Soft Cleansers: Using abrasive cleansers will not lighten or remove the scar. It only makes your skin feel rough. If you have a growing pimple, you should continue using a soft cleanser for your face. It is important for you to keep your skin clean and less oily. Care for your skin since it is delicate. Try wearing minimal makeup since makeup can also worsen your skin’s health. Research by Dermatology Research and Practice states, that pimple prevalence among adolescents is as high as 90%, while 12% of these adolescents continue to adulthood with pimples. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain skin hygiene for all skin types and across age groups.
- Use Sunscreen: The use of sunscreen is extremely vital for skin protection. Sunscreen protects our skin from harmful cancer causing Ultra Violet rays, and simultaneously prevents the acne scars from growing darker. The acne scar is the proof of your skin healing itself. Exposure to direct sunlight reduces our skin’s potential, making healing slower and less efficient.
- You Could Try Home Remedy: Most home remedies do not work on removing acne scars. However, before the acne becomes a scar, there are a lot of remedies you can try for your skin. You can let the blemish soak overnight using a wet cotton plug, and then warm it up a bit so that it facilitates the release of the pus, followed by a benzoyl peroxide treatment. It will clean the wound that was the zit and quicken healing. You can also use any other home based product with salicylic acid. It exfoliates the skin and helps lighten the dark spots. People with darker acne scars can use skin brightening creams that contain hydroquinone that has a stronger lightening effect than salicylic acid. You can also use other products containing antioxidants like vitamin C and retinol to treat acne scars. You should avoid using abrasive agents that you can buy online. Also, you should know that acne scars are not keloids. Keloids are inflammations on the skin but of a different nature. They are not permanent, unlike acne scars, and should be treated differently. Lime juice cleansing and honey application are easy remedies for keloids.
Patience is important when you are trying to deal with acne and acne scars. It is also necessary to be able to tell the difference between acne and keloids, since they have different treatments. An outbreak of acne is very normal. Just keep caring for your skin and follow a gentle skin cleansing routine to shorten the healing time for your skin.