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How To Treat Acne Scars

Acne scars are a troubling cosmetic problem that can greatly lower one's self-esteem. In minor cases, they may only appear in the form of abnormal textures on the skin, but some of the more severe cases can leave one with deep wrinkled skin that looks strikingly similar to acne without the lesions. Unlike traditional pimples and blemishes, though, acne scars usually don't go away on their own. If you want to regain control of your skin and body, you'll have to take matters into your own hands.

It should come as no surprise that acne is considered one of the most common skin conditions in the world. In the U.S. Alone, it affects between 40-50 million people with around 85% of the population developing acne at some point in their lives. Acne usually goes away and clears up on its own, but around 25% of those who've experienced it will have scars left behind. These scars are even more concerning since they tend to occur on the face and neck where acne is most common.

Contrary to what some people may believe, there are several different factors which contribute to the development of acne. These include things like excess oil production in the skin, bacteria growth in the hair follicles and clogged skin pores. Keeping your skin washed and the pores clean is the number one preventative action you take for acne. Try to get into the habit of using a deep-cleaning facial scrub on your skin nightly. You may have heard that eating chocolate leads to acne, but this is an old wives tale with no truth, so go ahead and snack down on your favorite chocolate candies.

Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to sunlight can make acne scarring worse. Does this mean you have to stay cooped up inside all summer? No, but you should take the necessary precautions to keep your skin protected against the numerous harmful effects of the sun. Before you step outside, apply a thorough coating of SPF lotion or cream to any exposed skin. You'll want to pay close attention to areas where acne scars are visible since the sun can make them worse.

Gently exfoliating your skin with a proper cream each and every day will help to improve the unsightly look and texture created by acne scars. If you want to see a noticeable difference, though, you'll need to invest in a home microdermabrasion kit that will truly clean deep inside your pores. There are a number of so-called “pore-cleaning strips” available for sale at most beauty supply shops, but they only clean the very top layer of skin. Typically, acne scars have deep holes or lines that require a more in-depth cleaning to remove oil and dirt. Once you're able to stay on top of this and keep your pores clean, the scars should naturally begin to subside.

Dealing with acne is bad enough, but scarring can be even more depressing. The subtle lines and holes in your skin are a reminder of your past battles with acne. However, following the advice given here will help your skin get back to its naturally healthy appearance once again.