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Renude’s Top Skincare Tips for Acne Scarring

Skincare professionals offer advice for reducing the appearance of acne scarring

Amelia CranstounContent Editor
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Amelia Cranstoun
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At Renude we understand that acne scarring can have a significant impact on a person's self-esteem and body image. There are numerous treatment options available for reducing the appearance of acne scars. Consulting with a skincare professional or Renude aesthetician can help identify the most suitable treatment for specific scar types and skin conditions. 

Understanding Acne Scarring

Acne scarring refers to the marks or indentations left behind after acne breakouts. There are two types of acne scars: atrophic scars (depressed or pitted scars) and hypertrophic scars (raised scars). It's important to note that acne scars are a result of inflammation and damage to the skin's collagen fibers.

Can You Completely Remove Acne Scars?

In most cases, complete removal of acne scarring may not be possible. Factors such as deep pitted scars or the skin's natural healing ability can limit the effectiveness of treatments. However, some improvement is often achievable, even if complete removal is not feasible. It's important to have realistic expectations and consult with a dermatologist to explore the best options for your specific situation.

Top Tips for Treating Acne Scarring

  1. Patience is Key: Reducing the appearance of acne scars takes time and consistency. It's essential to have realistic expectations and understand that complete removal may not always be possible. However, some improvement is achievable with the right treatments and skincare routine.
  2. Sun Protection: Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays by wearing sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Sun exposure can darken acne scars and make them more noticeable. Additionally, wear protective clothing and seek shade during peak sunlight hours.
  3. Skin Treatments: Depending on the severity of your acne scars, you may want to supplement your skincare routine with recommended treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, dermal fillers, micro-needling or radiofrequency needling. These treatments can help stimulate collagen production and improve the texture and appearance of your skin - skincare professionals will be able to advise which treatment is best for your skin. 
  4. Avoid Picking or Squeezing: Resist the temptation to pick or squeeze acne, as it can lead to more inflammation and increase the risk of scarring. Try some pimple patches or seek professional assistance for safe extraction.
  5. Address Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH): PIH refers to the dark spots or patches that can appear after acne breakouts. Topical creams containing hydroquinone, niacinamide, retinoids, vitamin C or azelaic acid can help lighten these spots over time. Don’t forget sunscreen too!
  6. Lifestyle Factors: Adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, staying hydrated, managing stress levels, and getting sufficient sleep. These factors can contribute to overall skin health and support the healing process.

Building a Routine for Acne Scarring

Establish a regular skincare routine that includes gentle cleansing, exfoliation, and moisturising. Use non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging) products suitable for your skin type. Avoid harsh scrubbing, as it can irritate the skin and worsen scarring.

Skincare Ingredients for Acne Scarring: 

Ingredients like retinoids, or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can aid in reducing the appearance of acne scars. However, their effectiveness varies, and it's always best to get the expertise of a professional to get personalised recommendations.

Retinoids: These can help smooth both raised and indented scars when used consistently over several months. They can also improve post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids): AHAs can even skin tone, improve radiance and smooth an uneven surface.

Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen can help to prevent further damage to our collagen and helps with discolouration in the skin. 

Misconceptions About Acne Scarring:

  • Myth: Acne scars will fade on their own over time. While scars often improve slightly over time, more severe scarring typically requires targeted treatments.
  • Myth: Home remedies like lemon juice or toothpaste can eliminate acne scars. These remedies can be harsh on the skin and may cause further damage. It's best to consult a professional for appropriate treatments.

How Long Will It Take to Reduce the Appearance of Acne Scarring?

Everyone’s skin is different, and the time it takes to reduce the appearance of acne scars varies depending on the severity of the scarring, the chosen treatments, and individual factors. Mild scarring may show improvement within a few months, while more severe scarring may take several months or years.

If you would like to speak to a Renude aesthetician about your acne scarring or feel like you know someone who could benefit from a free video consultation with a skincare specialist, you can take the quick skin quiz now! 

Amelia CranstounContent Editor
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