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12 surprising ways to reduce acne scars

Acne is a widespread skin condition caused when pores get blocked up with oil and dead skin cells. It can occur in several places on the body and it is most common among teenagers but people of all ages want to know how to reduce acne scars which were left behind.

There are several causes of acne including too much oil production by skin glands, an accumulation of bacteria, and the shedding of dead skin. Irritation of the skin, from the temperature, cosmetics, or rubbing, can also lead to acne.

Acne is nothing serious but it can leave marks on the skin, especially if the acne is deep. Whatever type of scars acne left on your skin, here are some ways to reduce their appearance.

Microdermabrasion:  This involves a process where a device smoothes the skin and improves the rebirth of skin tissue. The device gently eliminates the thick outer layer of skin, removing acne scars and any discoloration, leaving your skin smooth and exfoliated. Microdermabrasion treatment can be anywhere from 10 to 12 sessions.

Dermabrasion:  Dermabrasion is carried out through the use of derma rollers which create microscopic holes in the skin after skin medication is applied. The medication then makes its way deep into your pores and new, smooth skin is created.

Chemical Peels: In this process, organic acids are used to rid the outer layer of skin and these chemicals also brighten up scars and soften the tissue

Laser Therapy: Laser therapy involves a laser beam damaging the surface of the skin. New collagen is created to fill the scar and in the end, your skin will actually have a smoother surface. Several sessions of this treatment are required for desired results.

You don’t have to spend a fortune trying to get rid of your acne scars. Here are some home remedies that just might do the trick:

Healthy Diet: A balanced, healthy diet should include fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and fiber in order to build up new, healthy-looking skin. A healthy diet also has the ability to strengthen your immune system to avert other conditions that may cause acne.

Good Hygiene: In order to have good hygiene, wash your skin daily with warm water and a cleanser. Avoid touching your skin as well. Picking at acne will only lead to more prominent scarring.

Use Sunscreen: Sunscreen will not directly prevent scarring, but it will protect acne from the sun’s harmful UV radiation. This can help prevent scars from getting darker and more visible as well.

Over-the-counter Medications: There are various products out there that do not require a prescription and can reduce acne scars. Look for products containing salicylic acid or alpha-hydroxy acid which can soften the skin and reduce acne. Bleaching creams and antihistamines which can reduce inflammation are also good to look out for as well.

***There are also quite a few natural home remedies that can lessen the look of acne scars:

Tomato and Cucumber: A sliced tomato-cucumber mask should be placed over acne scars for about 20 minutes. This combo works as an antioxidant and it also decreases inflammation and stops outbreaks.

Honey: Apply honey to scars, let it dry, and then wash the area with soap and water. Honey will act as a moisturizer and will exfoliate your skin, leaving it smoother.

Ice: Rub ice over your scars for around 15 minutes, let it dry, and it will work wonders. It decreases inflammation, soothes irritation, and shrinks pores.

Lemon Juice: Add the juice of one lemon to a cup of water and apply to each scar for a few minutes then wash it off. The acid in the lemon juice will lighten the appearance of scars.

A sure way to deal with acne scars in not to have them in the first place, so preventing and reducing acne is a great strategy worth considering.

Educate yourself about your acne problems and put all of these natural home remedies to use consistently for an appropriate period of time to produce a visible effect.

Elliot Acwood