Today we'll talk about acne scars and how to heal them.
Acne scars can feel like double punishment for having acne in the first place. If untreated, the scars can persist for years and years into your adulthood after your skin has long healed from acne. Though Scarring in general is a very personal thing and some people naturally scar better than others, there are things you can do to help your skin heal better.
Before we get to the healing part of this blog post, let’s first “diagnose” the matter at hand.
The type and severity of acne scars depends on how severe your acne is. Basically, two types of acne scars exist…
The first type is much more common and is known as “Depressed Scarring”. Depressed Scarring is caused by a loss of tissue in your skin and results in little potholes in your skin that are darker than your natural complexion.
The second type affects a small minority of people that have had acne and is known as “Keloid Scarring”. Keloid Scarring is caused when your body produces too much collagen as acne wounds heal, resulting in a mass of raised tissue on the skin's surface.
Because of their long lasting effect on your skin, acne scars can be very annoying and should be treated as soon as you can.
At Oamobu, we have noticed a worrying trend of people turning to lightening creams and various surgical procedures to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Watch out for Hydroquinone, the most commonly used skin bleaching agent, in spot treatment creams. It can kill melanin producing cells within your skin and is carcinogenic. The most popular surgical procedures that are used to treat acne scars today are: laser therapy, injectable fillers, punch excision and dermabrasion.
Instead of relying on surgical procedures, at Oamobu, we believe in developing good skin care habits with the help of all-natural products! Yes, all-natural products don't work as quickly as surgical procedures, but we can assure you that your future self and skin will thank you for developing good and sustainable skin care habits.
1. Do not pick or pop your pimples
Picking is the worst culprit when it comes to scarring, especially if you try to have a go at a blind pimple. This injures and causes bacteria and pus to filter deeper into your skin leading to severe inflammation. The more inflamed your breakout is, the larger and darker the post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation will be.
2. Use a gentle topical cream
So, acne scars are best treated by using topical creams. Out of all the tropical creams out there, we unreservedly recommend using Shea Butter. Because of this, we have a specially formulated Shea Facial Butter for healing acne and acne scarred skin. It is enriched with Tea Tree, Lavender and Patchouli:
- Tea Tree oil has outstanding anti-infectious properties and very effectively clears fungal outbreaks and bacterial/viral infections.
- Lavender oil reduces redness of pimples, tones and revitalizes a range of skin problems from abscesses to oily skin.
- Patchouli oil helps to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, promotes faster healing and prevents scarring.
3. Protection and Patience
The sun is brutal lately, wear water-based sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Exposing your scars to the sun causes them to darken which slows down the fading process. With a little patience and doing the right things, your scars should start fading in a few weeks as new blood vessels move into the injured area and nourishes your skin.
To purchase the Shea Butter for Acne, please do visit our website, www.oamobu.co.za.
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See you all next week! :)