Acne scars and dark spots can often be just as persistent and frustrating as pimples. Getting rid of pimples, blackheads, or congestion is one thing, but the marks they can leave behind are a whole different skin problem.
If you’re looking for a way to get rid of your acne scars, dark spots, and post-inflammatory pigmentation, we have a number of natural solutions on hand that can help. Read on for our tips on how to get rid of acne scars, as well as our guide to the best natural acne scar creams, serums, oils, and scrubs!
How do acne scars form and why do you get them?
It’s important to note that people who refer to “acne scars” are generally talking about one of two things. Real acne scars are usually pitted scars, like small dents in the skin, and are the same color as your flesh. The small red or dark brown spots that often remain after a pimple, often called scars, are actually referred to as “post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation,” a dark pigment that remains after inflammation. Fortunately, the latter aren’t all that difficult to treat topically! Acne scars are the result of the inflammation that occurs when we have a really deep pimple that can cause sudden collagen loss. What remains is a small indentation in the skin – a pitted acne scar. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation occurs when our body tries to heal a wound – in this case, a pimple. As our bodies work to heal the stain, it can produce cells with more melanin, which melanin is what gives our skin color. This results in small, dark spots after an outbreak, which often worsen when the follicular wall breaks. It can do this naturally through swelling, or it can be forced as we pick or pinch the pimple.
How Can You Prevent Acne Scars?
Prevention is always better than cure! It is far easier to avoid dark spots and scars before they occur than to try to get rid of them after your outbreak has subsided. So we recommend taking some precautions the next time a pimple appears.
1. Try to treat your acne as soon as possible. This is easier said than done, and severe cases of acne require prescription treatment from a dermatologist. However, some breakouts can be treated naturally at home. We recommend having some great acne control products on hand just in case – a cleanser like Weleda Blemished Skin Purifying Cleanser, a blemished serum like Mukti Blemish Control, and a fast-acting spot treatment like Andalou Blemish Vanishing Gel all incredible natural formulas worth having on hand.
2. Don’t squeeze or peck your pimples! As tempting as it may be to speed up the process with both of your own hands, think about the scars you might leave. While your pimple may go away faster, the stain left in its place can last much longer if it’s picked and squeezed.
How to treat acne scars
If you still have an acne scar, don’t fret – there are ways some scars can be treated topically. The 100% Pure Dark Spot Remover has long been a favorite here at Nourished Life and a great serum for pigmented acne scars. This serum is a natural alternative to skin lighteners based on aggressive chemicals. It uses Ferment Sake and Matsutake Mushroom to lighten the complexion and fade the appearance of dark spots – including those left behind after an outbreak. Serum Factory’s Pimple Punch Supercharged Serum is another effective option during and after an outbreak. It contains 7 effective ingredients clinically proven to treat blemishes and acne by reducing the production of excess sebum, fighting acne-causing bacteria, and reducing inflammation. It also contains Vit-A-Like, a natural alternative to retinol for acne scars. Vitamin C is a successful ingredient for acne scars as it is a proven complexion lightener. We love the Andalou Probiotic + C Renewal Cream, which is perfect for people with normal and combination skin types who want to lighten and even out their overall skin tone.
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