One of the most frustrating skin-care issues to resolve is acne scars. These indentations occur typically after the skin has been inflamed by a series of pimples in the same area. During the healing process, the collagen that is produced is highly concentrated in one area causing scar tissue to form. And unfortunately, people who suffer from nodule or cystic pimples are more likely to develop scars later on.
While some of the scars may fade as the body replaces scar tissue with normal tissue, as with any other scar, but acne scars are particularly stubborn. However, there are some strategies to combat them:
Makeup to the rescue: If your acne scars are not pitted, but appear as areas of discoloration (this is common in darker skin tones) try using a green-tinted concealer followed by a foundation one shade lighter than the one that matches your skin. If your scars are the pitted variety, start with a primer to fill them in before applying foundation. An all-in-one product like Miracle Skin Transformer can help hide imperfections while adding some color and SPF protection.
Shed some light: With age, acne scars can look more pronounced as the skin loses volume. To even out the texture of scarred skin, your dermatologist may suggest light therapy or ablative or non-ablative laser treatments, depending on the extent of your scars. Some light treatments specifically target bacteria to stop the acne in the first place. There are many types of lasers and varying degrees of intensity, so be sure to seek an experienced, board-certified physician to guide you.
Put some volume in it: Along with improving texture with lasers, your doctor may also suggest a filler, like Restylane or Radiesse to fill the pitted areas and also restore some youthful volume to your cheeks. A permanent filler, Artefill, may soon be available for filling acne scars, as clinical studies are to begin soon.
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