How to Deal with Acne Scars

You finally cleared up your pesky acne, minus a few particularly stubborn spots that just won’t go away. Annoying. A few months later, it hits you; those lingering marks aren’t blemishes, they’re scars!

To begin healing the aftermath of your acne, we strongly recommend a visit to your dermatologist. Your doctor will custom design the best skin care routine for your scars to heal. If seeing a dermatologist is out of your reach, visit a beautician. Their words of wisdom are accredited; think of them as beauty psychologists.

If time is an issue, then we suggest taking matters into your own hands. Although there are other extravagant ways to repair your damage, such as with injectables and laser treatments, we first recommend letting your skin naturally repair itself. You can aid it with the help of some beauty products. Commitment and patience is key; it’s all a gradual process.

The first thing your must do is support your skin in the promotion of new cell growth. This is easily done by using a gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($11.99, Another essential step in your skin care regimen is exfoliation. By regularly exfoliating you will get rid off dead cells surrounding your scars, thus stimulating new cell growth.

Other effective, over-the-counter products to purchase are those with lightening properties, such as hydroquinone. One of our favorite picks is the cult favorite, Ambi Even & Clear Mark Minimizer ($12.49, Ambi), also found in drugstores. Even though lightening products help speed up the process of reducing dark spots, there is nothing better than shedding off the dead cells. Think about trying an at-home peel. One drugstore favorite is the Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel ($15, drugstores), which contains the magic ingredient -- salicylic acid -- that prevents acne.

A more expensive pick is bliss’ that’s incredi-peel ($49, bliss). It comes in a set of 30 gentle wipes, which are used to improve the texture and brightness of your complexion.

One more factor to keep in mind is your overall health. Although acne usually plagues oily skin, you must not cause further irritation by washing your face more than twice a day. Remember to drink the recommended amount of water (8 oz.), which naturally hydrates your skin.

Eating healthy promotes new cell growth. As the skin ages, cell production decreases. You can assist it by making sure you intake a sufficient amount of Vitamin C per day, which is vital in growing all tissues in your body, according to Livestrong. You can also eat lean protein, such as turkey and fish, which nourish a healthy complexion.

And let’s not forget about following the number one beauty commandment: wear sunscreen. Forgetting to apply sunscreen will darken your spots and cause you to age faster. You don't want to speed up your aging process, especially during this pivotal time of rehabilitation. Rather, you want to create new tissue formation.

You are still young, but your skin can’t do all the work itself. With a little self-help, you can speed up the process of healing your acne scars and have healthy, flawless skin.

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