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Knowing how to get rid of red acne scars could save you a lot of frustration, embarrassment, and self-consciousness. If you are self-conscious about how you appear, you will come across as nervous and shy. If the embarrassment and the shame is too much for you to handle then here is a simple guide to help you find a solution to your acne scars.
Thankfully there are some effective treatments out there for your red acne scars. You are not alone in feeling conscious about your acne scarring. It affects millions of people and can have a serious impact on social development. So, please do not feel that you are being vain or prideful in seeking treatment. It is your body and you should feel good about it.
Talking to your doctor about your acne scarring is the first step to getting effective treatment. They will probably refer you to a dermatologist who can assess the extent of your scarring and show you how to get rid of red acne scars, or recommend treatment for you.
A dermatologist’s examination is usually quite fast and is not intrusive. If you have issues with going to a doctor, you can arrange exams online and find treatments that way. Any way you do it, you will need to know what type of scarring you have before you can get the right treatment.
It is difficult to treat acne scarring without first having dealt with the acne itself. Treatments for mild to moderate acne include:
All of the above have some success with treating acne. When you have talked to your doctor about your treatment, you should have an idea of how severe your acne is and what to do about it. For severe acne, you might need antibiotics or hormonal treatment. This is a last resort and can have adverse effects on the body but they are worth it if you are to get more scarring.
Red scars are usually new scars. When your scars are red is the best time to get it under control and treated. The redness is caused by residual inflammation of the newly healed tissue. Inflammation involves increased blood flow to the affected area and this can cause:
If you can reduce this inflammation and promote healthy healing, you are more likely to have reduced visibility scarring and faster healing.
To have a chance of getting rid of red acne scars, you need to keep your skin as healthy as possible. Moisturizers that are oil free and designed to work with acne prone skin are advised. Cleaning your face regularly and treating your existing acne will create the ideal conditions for healing properly. Your doctor will know how to help your skin the best, but some products that can help you with this at home are:
The way you treat scarring depends very much on the type of scars you’re dealing with.
The two main treatments for mild acne scarring are microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Dermabrasion is the removal of the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) either using a laser or a specially designed wire brush. This is usually very successful, with between half and three quarters of people who engage with this form of treatment reporting improvements in their appearance.
The skin is red and inflamed for several weeks after dermabrasive treatment and it is an avenue for infection, so it is usually accompanied by a course of antibiotics. After a few days, you should be able to use mild makeup to cover up the skin until it heals properly.
There are two main types laser treatment, ablative and non-ablative laser treatment. Both of these techniques are used for mild to moderate scarring and are usually effective.
Unfortunately, severe scarring needs more advanced techniques to treat them adequately. Which treatment you need depends on the type of scarring you have. Severe scars fall into three main subcategories:
Ice pick scars need punch treatments. The scar tissue is excised and the wound sealed up and healed. If they are particularly deep, they might need a skin graft taken from other parts of the body.
Boxcar scars, on the other hand, often need punch elevation treatments. This involves removing the middle of the scar and raising the underlying tissue so it can heal into smoother tissue.
Rolling scars often need the top layer of skin removing and blood allowing to pool beneath, forming a clot that raises the connective tissue and forms into smoother and more attractive tissue when it heals. This is called subcision and is usually followed by dermabrasion and/or laser treatments.
First of all, it is vital that you receive the proper diagnosis. Whether that is from your physician on an expert in the field such as a dermatologist. Only then can you begin to treat your existing acne as effectively as possible. Try to reduce the level of stress and triggers that are in your life. This is easier said than done, but maybe starting walking in the summer evenings, not only will it clear your head but it is also good exercise which can also help your acne. Improved diet, quitting smoking, maybe even try therapy for depression and try to balance your life. Talk to a dermatologist about how best to treat your skin. If you are prescribed antibiotics, remember to always complete the course.