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Secrets To Fading Acne Scars

It's estimated that 85% of the world's population will develop acne at some point in their lives. While it usually occurs during the puberty stage when the body grows and changes, acne will oftentimes leave behind visible scars long after. Even as adults, many people still suffer from these unsightly scars covering their face and body. The good news, however, is that there are certain things you can do to naturally fade acne scars.

The fact is that no one should be forced to live with acne scars covering their face, neck and throughout their body. Although they don't pose any serious medical risk, these unattractive scars can lower one's self esteem and overall confidence. Dealing with acne as a teenager is bad enough, but now you must live with the scars as a constant reminder of your earlier battles.

To understand how to fade acne scars, we must fist look at what causes them. Basically, scarring is the result of collagen overproduction in the affected area. When acne blemishes appear, lesions frequently follow where the skin becomes an open would. The body's natural defense mechanism against these lesions is to create more collagen; thus, the wound heals but leaves behind a visible scar that lingers for years for to come.

The most common type of acne scars are known as icepick scars. As the name suggests, these resemble small holes in the skin where acne once was. Some people may only have a small amount of icepick scars in the areas most affected by acne, while others will experience them throughout their face. Either way, icepick acne scars are unattractive and should be dealt with.

One of the secrets to fading acne scars is to properly care for your skin, especially around the affected area. Contrary to what some people may believe, picking and prodding your acne doesn't help it heal. In fact, it usually only makes it worse by encouraging a greater amount of collagen production. Instead, let your acne heal naturally and avoid touching it with your hands. You should also run in a thick layer of sunscreen lotion over any acne or acne scars before going outside. The sun's UV rays are extremely damaging to the skin and will only make the scarring worse. A good layer of sunscreen lotion will help protect your skin from further damage.

There are a number of creams and lotions available that are designed specifically to fade acne scars. So, how do you know which one to choose? Look for products containing ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E, tea tree oil, olive oil, rosewater and lemon juice. These ingredients have been proven to help reduce and even eliminate acne scars.

To see any visible results, you'll need to apply the acne scar cream daily to the affected area. I recommend doing it after a bath or shower when your skin is clean and oil-free. Just remember to stay consistent with your application and you'll see results in no time.