5 Ways MD GLAM Helps Your Acne Scars: Rejuvenating and Restorative Skincare System
Lessen the appearance of acne scarring with these tips and tactics from basic skincare to possible procedures
Acne scars can leave anyone feeling down about their appearance and befuddled about their skincare routine. That’s because scarring can occur for several reasons, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to treating them. However, upgrading your approach to skincare with a more mindful consideration of typical dos and don’ts can help reduce the appearance of long-term scars and improve your overall complexion in the process.
At MD Glam, we’re all about you discovering the best in luxury skincare while boosting your self-confidence. To help those who have suffered from acne scarring, we’ve put together our top five considerations and what you can do to try to reduce the signs of scarring while also rejuvenating your overall skin health.
An Overview of Acne Scarring
Before we get into how to treat your scars, it’s important to understand just how different scars can be. There are two general types when it comes to the appearance of scars: atrophic and hypertrophic. The difference in which type you develop is whether your body produces too much or too little collagen during the healing process.
Atrophic acne scars appear as depressions in the skin that can vary between shallow and deep. Some of these scars can be round with rolling edges while others can be narrow and v-shaped down into the skin. The resulting form
Hypertrophic scars are just the opposite: they have raised bumps that can be seen and felt above the natural surface of the skin.
One thing to keep in mind is that the dark spots or discoloration left after a blemish has resolved are not technically considered scars. These colored marks can fade over time but can take months and are often just as frustrating to sufferers of acne.
5 Ways to Treat Your Acne Scars
Now that you understand the different types of acne scarring, it can make more sense that the treatments and approaches vary just as much as the scars themselves.
The entire goal of scarring treatment is to reduce the appearance of these scars so they are less noticeable over time. Some of our tips are approaches you can take yourself. Others require the input of a qualified dermatologist before proceeding.
#1. Add Sunscreen to Your Daily Routine
First and foremost, you can help stop further damage to the skin by protecting it from harmful UVA/UVB rays. Exposure to the sun can darken the appearance of scars, making them even more prominent on your face and body.
The skin of all types, but especially that with acne scarring, can benefit from added protection daily, even in winter months or times when you don’t feel as exposed to the sun. After all, the sun’s rays can penetrate windows and do their damage even during short periods, like a walk to or from the office.
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#2. Apply Topical Retinoids to Damaged Skin
Adding retinoids to your regimen can also help stop scarring in its tracks. Some studies have shown retinoids help combat inflammation and can help prevent scarring in users who are actively suffering from acne.
Retinoids help the skin by encouraging your cells to refresh themselves, bringing new growth and a reduction in the appearance of existing scars. Dead skin cells disappear more quickly as well as help regulate the production of sebum, which can cause acne breakouts. Retinol also has proven results for combatting lines, wrinkles, and atrophic scars.
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#3. Ask Your Doctor about Dermapeeling
In some cases, where scarring is severe, it can help to use a chemical solution provided or administered by a doctor. Chemical peels, also known as derma peeling, can help remove the surface layers of your skin and promote the growth of new skin cells that reduce the appearance of scarring.
Your doctor will provide you with a post-peel regimen depending on how deep into the skin they have gone with the treatment. Some peels take just a day to recover from while deep chemical peels can take weeks but produce the most significant results. After any type of peel or treatment, it can help to keep the skin moisturized so it has a healthy chance of replenishing and healing.
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#4. Investigate Laser Skin Resurfacing
Another doctor-provided treatment option is the use of lasers to tighten skin and remove layers that have been damaged by acne, scarring, or discoloration. The laser treatment removes layers of skin by vaporizing it and also stimulating the layers below to grow new fibers that are stronger and smoother.
Laser resurfacing, or lasabrasion, is a significant procedure that can make the skin red afterward while the new skin grows and heals. It can take a longer period, up to three weeks, to completely heal from resurfacing. After healing, your skin will benefit from the daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen and a daily moisturizer.
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#5. Prevent Scarring by Caring for Skin from the Start
Acne lesions form when dirt, excess sebum, and dead skin fill in your pores. These give growth to bacteria which can infect the pores and cause painful acne as well as scarring when these pores become clogged. This can occur at any age and for all skin types, making proper preventative care and hygiene super important.
Make sure you have the right cleansers in your skincare regimen to keep your pores refreshed and clear. You may want to consider a gentle exfoliating cleanser to purify your pores and keep buildup at bay. Exfoliating scrubs can also help refine uneven skin tone if you already suffer from scars or discoloration.
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While many acne scars are permanent, there’s, fortunately, a lot you can do to reduce the appearance of scarring and discoloration damage to your skin. Consulting with a dermatologist is often the best route if you are concerned about severe scarring and want ideas for a treatment that could work best for your skin situation.
Taking good care of your skin can also help prevent and lessen the appearance of scars over time. That includes proper cleansing, hydrating, and sun protection. At MD Glam, we’re focused on making sure that you have the tools at hand to help with these and more. After all, acne scars can worsen signs of aging, and our line of luxury skincare products is designed with anti-aging and appearance in mind.
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