Acne is a pain enough to deal with on its own, but for some people, after the acne has been cured ugly acne scars remain. If this sounds like you, then you may have been looking for ways to get rid of the marks and scarring to improve your looks and confidence.
Every year, millions of dollars are spent by people who are hoping to get rid of their acne and/or their acne scarring. They file into drugstores and pharmacies, or order products from the late night infomercials. All of these people have the same goal – to get the beautiful, clear skin that the models in the advertisements have. While once in a while you may get lucky and have one of these products work for you, more often than not the effect is short lived because the treatment does not take care of the true cause behind the acne problem.
There are plenty of myths floating around about what acne is or what it is not. Acne is common to people of all colors and races, all ages and genders. It is not caused by eating fast food, drinking coffee, or enjoying a candy bar, though these can make already existing acne problems worse. While washing your face once or twice a day can help prevent acne, washing it too often will only dry out your skin. This can cause it to be red or peel, and may even stimulate the oil glands to produce even more oil, putting you in an endless cycle. Drinking water on a constant basis may or may not actually help your acne – for some people it may just mean additional trips to the bathroom.
All acne, from baby acne to body acne, adult acne to scalp acne, and more, is caused by hormone imbalances. For instance, teenagers are in a state of hormonal turmoil as their bodies enter puberty, making acne such a prevalent condition among teens. The liver is also associated with acne – the stronger your liver is, the better it can handle the extra hormonal overload. This is why two similar people can have two totally different cases or severity of acne.
In order to prevent acne from coming back, you will want to make sure that your liver and hormones are in good shape. Your doctor may be able to prescribe medication to help with both. Often, the best preventative and cure for acne scarring is to keep the acne from happening in the first place, so a proactive approach to acne prevention is often the best step.
Getting rid of acne marks and scarring is no easy task. For some people with deep scars, laser therapy is the only way to see dramatic improvement. There are also some medications that you can try. Retinol A has been shown to help improve acne and reduce or eliminate the scars left behind from previous breakouts. You can also try copper peptides, which help heal acne scars and provide other skin benefits. Your dermatologist may also be able to recommend over the counter or prescription medications to help you eliminate old acne scars.