Although a natural part of the skin’s healing process, scars can leave more than just a physical imprint. Often the result of injury or trauma to the skin, or triggered by an inflammatory condition such as acne, many people are comfortable with our scars, but others are looking for ways to lessen their appearance. .
Treating scars can take time and research. The action you can take depends on the root cause and the size of the scar. Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers and remedies in an effort to get rid of scars, but eradicating scars with topical treatments is often unsuccessful.
However, you can significantly reduce the appearance of scars. Time is the best medicine, but ensuring your skin is healthy will help it heal as quickly as possible.
The effects of topical treatments are limited if you have deep acne scars. Acne scars are the result of a loss of collagen in the dermis and can be caused by any type of acne, inflammation or pimples. Once a spot heals, you may find that all acne scars are accompanied by post-inflammatory erythema (PIE) or post-inflammatory pigmentation (PIH).
If the scars are shallow, the active ingredients can help improve moderate acne scars and treat any pigmentation or redness. Vitamin A is one example because it works at the cellular level to repair the skin.
The anti-inflammatory properties help soothe and heal and cica, an herb traditionally used in Chinese medicine, can also help calm redness and minimize scarring. Look for cica in products used for anti-inflammatory, post-inflammatory erythema and wound healing support, or try Avene’s Cicalfate Scar gel, which also contains soothing hot spring water . Bio-Oil® can help scarring and is most effective when your scar is still red.
Sunscreen is another essential and can also help reduce discoloration and help the scar fade faster.
On the nutrient side, favor a vitamin C intake to boost healing. Try vitamin C-rich foods like strawberries and broccoli, and consider taking a supplement like Advanced Nutrition Program Skin Vit C.
If topical treatment does not help, cosmetic treatment performed by a physician is an option. Make sure your esthetician has qualifications in advanced aesthetics. Treatments include:
Tiny needles puncture the skin to create micro “wounds” that penetrate deep into the dermis. This stimulates a repair response and the release of growth factor, which in turn stimulates collagen production. It will take several treatments over 12 months for the deposition of new collagen to take effect and improve healing.
Acne scars can be treated with ablative and non-ablative lasers.
Ablative resurfacing lasers remove damaged tissue on the surface of the skin and help tighten the collagen fibers underneath. Non-ablative lasers do not remove scar tissue, but they do stimulate collagen production to “puff up” the scar and bring it to the surface.
Superficial peels (such as lactic acid, salicylic acid and glycolic acid) will cause the skin to enter a state of trauma and stimulate collagen production. This brings the scar to the surface and makes it less pronounced.
Enriched with active ingredients, a daily application of Environ’s Body EssentiA Body Oil with Vitamins A, C and E helps nourish and revitalize the skin, as well as accelerate the fading of scars and improve any discoloration. Apply to damp skin after showering for soft, velvety skin without being sticky.