After you have fought off a bout of acne with all of the right cosmeceuticals, you may be disappointed to find your pimples are gone but scars remain. Acne scars are a very common issue for people who are prone to breakouts. They are often raised and purple, similar to scars from injury or incision, and can be very difficult to get rid of. However, there are a few things you can do to minimize the appearance of your acne scars.
Use Cosmeceuticals with Sun Protection
If you are not using cosmeceuticals with sun protection after your acne outbreak, you are preventing your scars from fading naturally. When they are exposed to the sun, acne scars tend to become even darker and more pronounced than they already were. If they are treated with cosmeceuticals that include sun protection, they will not get any worse and will eventually start to fade on their own. Look for a moisturizer or makeup to wear daily that includes a sun protection factor of at least fifteen to keep your scars protected.
Apply a Cool Compress to Reduce Inflammation
Often, although the pimples themselves are gone, the scars left from acne are still inflamed, making them appear more raised and darker than they normally would. Applying a cool compress directly to the scars is a simple way to reduce this inflammation and, therefore, the appearance of the scars. You could use a soft ice pack, similar to one you would use for an injury, or a cool, wet washcloth. Some people even like to apply cucumber to their scars to take advantage of the vitamins as well as the cool temperature.
Prevent Future Acne Outbreaks
While you are working on minimizing your acne scars, don’t forget to take preventative measures to prevent a future acne outbreak. A simple routine with cosmeceuticals such as a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and toner will do wonders to keep your skin healthy and clear. Make sure that you know what type of skin you have so that you can choose products that will help your skin rather than making it more prone to breakouts. For example, if you have naturally dry skin, using a product for oily skin may make your skin even drier, leading to a number of problems.
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