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As if dealing with acne isn't bad enough, you may get stuck with acne scars. If you're tired of covering up dark spots that remain from prior acne, it's time to banish the blemish and get back to an even skin tone. While home remedies may be useful for mild scarring, moderate-to-severe, dark scars will likely require the assistance of a dermatologist. Prescription strength treatments and procedures can fade dark acne scars so that you feel happy in your skin again.
Fade acne scars at home using an exfoliating cleanser or scrub. Choose a product with ingredients like salicylic acid or alpha hydroxy acids, which help to chemically shed the outer layer of skin. Other products that physically exfoliate, such as those with microbeads or microscrubbers, can also work to exfoliate and fade scarring. If your scarring is deep or severe, don't expect a miracle from home exfoliation. Women with darker skin tones are more prone to acne scarring, so home exfoliation may be futile if you have a dark complexion.
Moisturize your skin well following home exfoliation to protect the new skin that you have exposed. Choose a moisturizer designed to promote skin healing or one designed to treat scarring. These moisturizers include ingredients meant to speed healing, which is beneficial when you are trying to get rid of scarred skin. A specialty moisturizer may cost more, though, so skip your daily latte and put that money toward healing your skin.
Visit a dermatologist if your scarring is unresponsive to home treatment, or if you have severe scarring. Dermatologists can provide an array of treatments ranging from simple prescription topical treatments to more invasive procedures. A prescription topical cream typically contains a bleaching product to fade dark spots. More invasive procedures performed by a dermatologist include chemical peels, laser therapy, dermabrasion and even surgery. These cosmetic procedures may be costly, but the benefits may outweigh the cost if you feel good about yourself and no longer need to cover up your skin.
Prevent acne scarring by not picking at pimples and treating acne gently.
To fade acne scars while you still have acne, avoid harsh exfoliating products. Treat your acne gently, and treat the scars once your acne is inactive. A dermatologist can assist you in fading scars while treating an active breakout.
If home exfoliation is irritating your skin, stop treatment and consult a dermatologist.