We should all learn how to prevent acne scarring the moment we develop acne. Scarring from acne can be a very traumatic experience. Prevention will certainly be better than cure. Here are seven ways you can prevent acne scarring.
1. Seek Treatment Early
Early treatment is the best prevention against permanent scars, or those that are difficult to treat. The longer acne is tolerated before treatment, the higher the likelihood of scarring.
2. Clean Your Skin Properly
Wash your face and body daily in antibacterial soap or solutions.
3. Avoid Picking Your Spots
Avoid the temptation to pick your spots. You are more likely to damage the skin around the spot, creating scar tissue and inflammation. If you do need to squeeze a spot, apply heat to the area first to open the pore, clean with an alcohol-based cleanser and apply pressure on either side of the spot. Once the pus or blackhead has been expressed, stop squeezing. If you see blood you have damaged the lower part of the skin and could be left with a scar.
If you can’t resist popping your pimples, be sure to do it the right way. Watch the video below to watch how professional beauticians do it:
4. Use A Sunscreen
Protect your skin from the sun. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Reapply every two to three hours to avoid getting sunburnt.
5. Use Non-Comedogenic Cosmetics, Face And Hair Products
Also use only fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products.
6. Take Essential Fatty Acid Supplements (EFAs)
These supplements have anti-inflammatory effects on the skin, as they are converted into prostaglandin, a hormone-like substance. The body cannot make EFAs – they have to be found in your diet.
Gamma linoleic acid is particularly useful and is present in evening primrose oil and star fruit oil. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease systemic inflammation which is likely to cause acne. Omega 3 can be found in flaxseed oil, salmon, mackeral and other oily fish.
7. Exfoliate Your Skin Regularly
You can use ground oat-meal, or alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs increase the rate of cell production, decrease the stickiness of the cells and exfoliate the skin. The dead layer of skin is made thinner and smoother, and the opening of the pore is less likely to be blocked.
You may also use a chemical peel with glycolic acid. Be sure to use a sunscreen and minimize your skin’s exposure to the sun after treatment to avoid pigmentation and sunburn which can damage your new skin cells.