Almost everyone has experienced acne at some point in their life. Acne is a common form of skin disease. Most of us don’t pay much attention to it; what can a few skin bumps to us, right? Unfortunately, if left on their own, acne can cause permanent scarring. It is important that we are aware of this threat and takes steps to avoid scars before they form. Read on to learn about the various forms of acne scars and some tips on avoiding them.
Types of Acne Scarring
One of the smaller forms of acne scarring is called ‘Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation’. (PIH) This scar looks like a dark spot on your skin where your pimple used to be. The dark spot caused by PIH is a temporary scar that will usually disappear within two or three months. Some dangerous scar forms are known as depressed scars. A depressed scar is permanent and requires medical treatment to remove. The main forms of depressed scars are as follows:
- Ice pick scars – deep, but narrow scars
- Box car scars – wider and shallower than an ice pick scar
- Rolling scars – a scar in which the skin looks like it has ripples
- Hypertrophic scars and keloids – more serious scars that appear as lumps on the skin.
These depressed scars are best avoided, but there are modern methods to remove even permanent scars. Read on to learn how to best avoid these acne scars.
Don’t Pick, Pop, or Squeeze Your Acne
We understand and sympathise with the difficult task of leaving your face alone. The temptation to poke and prod your acne is hard to resist, to say the least. It is important that we do, however. The most common cause of scarring is when you pick at your acne. Constant picking can cause the acne to become infected or inflamed, which in turn makes the acne grow deeper into your skin. If you pick at acne that has penetrated your dermis skin layer, there is a much higher chance that a scar will be left in its wake.
Avoid Direct Exposure to Sunlight
This does not mean you should stay indoors at all times. A little sunlight won’t hurt your acne, but if your skin remains under direct sunlight for a while, it will begin to dry out. When your skin dries out, the acne may break open or crack, leaving a scar. A way to avoid this is to use a moisturizer day and night, as well as apply sunscreen to your acne before going outside.
Don’t be Afraid of Lasers
In the event that your acne refuses to go away, or you already have scars, don’t be afraid to undergo laser treatment. Laser treatments, such as carbon laser rejuvenation, are easy and risk-free means of removing acne and excessive oils from your skin. The laser is harmless and efficient at keeping your skin clean and acne-free.