Acne scars can be a cause of embarrassment, and even stress. Acne scars can be large, or small, and can be in one localized area of the face or body, or covering most of the face.
There are creams and lasers which can be used, along with some home remedies and natural treatments.
Using an acne scar cream can be used long term, with varying degrees of success. For some with only slight scarring, the cream works fine, but usually if you have more severe scarring, a stronger treatment is needed. This option is very cost effective and easy to do yourself at home.
Laser treatments can have great success, but it usually cost prohibitive in most cases. Laser resurfacing involves burning, commonly with carbon dioxide & erbium lasers. The uppermost layers of skin are burned, and as the skin heals, new skin grows. Post operative care can be extensive as great care needs to be taken to protect the new skin growing.
Microdermabrasion has shown to be a great treatment; however, great care should be taken to make sure that the treatment is done by a skilled professional or damage can be done to your face.
Home remedies include lemon juice, dabbing fresh lemon juice on your scars and leaving it on for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Tomatoes have shown promise as well; chock full of antioxidants and also Vitamin A which is essential to healing. Homemade masks, using yogurt, sour cream and a dab of raw oatmeal is soothing and calming. Simply mix and spread on face, leaving on for 10-15 minutes and rinsing with slightly cool water.
For moisturization, rubbing olive oil or aloe vera onto your face, both of these moisturize and promote healing. Rub them in well, using gentle upward strokes.
There are some newer procedures to be done by trained doctors, such as Dermal Fillers, which is filler that is injected into the scar to raise the surface, which gives a smoother look to the skin. Punch excision is a surgery, in which a cookie cutter type tool is used to cut out the scar, and the edges of skin are then pulled together and sutured. This technique is done under local anesthesia.
Always try to prevent scars in the first place by keeping your skin clean, washing your hair frequently as oils from your hair will rub on your face, and never picking or popping acne. Keeping your skin moisturized help, and anything that helps with skin turnover is a bonus. So using a gentle, grainy scrub, or even some baking soda and water is enough to help the dead skin sells slough off and keep your skin looking fresh.