Acne is one thing, scars are another. Acne will eventually go away (really, it will). Scars, on the other hand, are a bit tougher to deal with. But scar treatment has come a long way, and there are many things you can do about acne scars.
What to Do First
Acne scars are created when skin tissue is damaged. Doing things like picking at and popping pimples can definitely damage your skin and cause scarring. But even if you’re really careful with your skin, scars can still develop.
If you’re already being treated by a dermatologist, follow their directions exactly and let them know if you have any concerns. Once your skin is fairly clear, then you can decide on what steps need to be taken next.
Don’t waste time using over-the-counter products. If acne is scarring your skin, getting on a prescription acne treatment ASAP will help minimize scarring.
Topical retinoids are used to clear acne, but they’re also prescribed to fade dark marks that acne blemishes leave behind. These dark spots on the skin (usually brown, red, or purple) are super common, and nearly everyone with acne gets them to some extent.3 It’s called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation isn’t a true acne scar. In some cases, it even fades away all by itself without treatment. Topical retinoids help speed the process up and work to fade away even stubborn marks.
Laser treatments come in two forms: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers resurface the skin by removing outer layers. Non-ablative lasers create changes in the dermis without causing damage to the skin’s surface.