When we talk about acne, we most often think of red or white pimples that stay on the skin for a few days and then disappear. However, acne is much more than that. It sometimes leaves traces of its passage, even after resorption of the pimple: acne scars !
Acne scars: how do they form?
An acne scar appears after inflammation of the pimple: once the red pimple disappears, it gives way to a hyperpigmentation spot.
This task is created because the skin has been damaged by the pimple. Indeed, the skin finds it difficult to heal and its pigmentation (melanin) is not evenly distributed. As a result, a task appears.
The skins most affected by acne scars are skins suffering from severe acne, presenting large pimples, cysts and nodules. Generally, these scars are superficial, i.e. shallow (they are called pigment pimple scars ). So it is quite easy to get rid of it. Deep scars, on the other hand, present an anomaly in their healing process and are almost irreversible (these are called atrophic or hypertrophic scars).
In this article, we are going to offer you effective and natural tips to get rid of your superficial acne scars.
Because yes, when the scar is shallow, you can completely overcome it on your own, without the help of a health professional.
Here are 5 natural solutions and tips that will help you make your acne scars disappear:
1. Take care of the scar as soon as possible
Don't let the scar hang around before you take care of it. As soon as a pigment spot appears, treat it. The sooner the scar is taken care of, the sooner it will disappear.
2. Protect yourself from the sun
If you also like the sun and fill up on vitamin D, you must be extra vigilant. Don't worry, you can always go on vacation (phew)! You just need to limit your exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. UV rays tend to darken acne scars. Prolonged exposure to the sun can therefore delay the disappearance of the scar. So favor moments in the shade and bring your 50+ sunscreen!
If you want to opt for a natural solution, we recommend using sunscreens based on titanium dioxide (without nanoparticles) or zinc oxide.
Dr. Marie Jourdan, dermatologist, recommends limiting the exposure of scars to the sun for at least 2 years after their appearance.
3. The Cosmeticist Serum
The Cosmetist Serum was designed specifically to treat acne scars . Once applied to your skin, our serum acts as an anti-blemish while gently exfoliating your skin.
To use it is very simple. In the evening, cleanse and dry your skin with a clean towel. Apply a few drops of serum to your face and décolleté using the pipette, then use your fingers to spread the product evenly. Once the serum has penetrated your skin well, apply your usual night cream.
The 3 main active ingredients of its formula are natural and recognized for their effectiveness:
- Sophora is a plant that stimulates the regeneration of the skin and helps eliminate scars.
- Kiwi exfoliates and revitalizes the skin. He also brings her a shot of vitamin C to give her a boost.
- Finally, hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates your skin, restoring radiance and vitality!
Using a gentle and natural exfoliant with small or micro-grains cleanses the skin deeply. Bye bye dead cells! In seconds, you get soft, smoother skin. Exfoliation promotes cell renewal and therefore healing. In the long run, regular exfoliation helps to fade acne scars .
Moisten your face (cleansed beforehand), then apply a dab of scrub. Make small circular movements with your fingers without pressing too much on the skin and accentuate the movements on the nose, chin and forehead (the T-zone). Then rinse with clear, cold water. 1 exfoliation per week is enough.
As exfoliation attacks the skin, remember to moisturize it well with each exfoliation.
Good to know: Attention, scrubs with big gains are reserved for the body. They could attack the skin of your face by creating microlesions (the perfect ground for bacteria precisely...). So we avoid!
5. Dermatological peeling
Peeling consists of applying an acidic product to the skin in order to exfoliate the epidermis and promote the production of collagen. Fruit acid peels are very effective in reducing superficial acne scars . Once the product has been applied, the substance will alter and destroy part or all of the epidermis, leading to regeneration of epidermal tissue and desquamation* of scars. The skin becomes smoother and the scars gradually disappear.
Although natural and derived only from fruits such as citrus fruits or apples, peeling can cause irritation and side effects (brown spots and depigmentation of the skin). There are fruit acid peels available on the market, which are not very aggressive and can be applied independently. Dermatologists can also practice it, using more powerful peels.
Good to know: Unlike the scrub which has a mechanical action with its moving grains, the peeling has a chemical action due to the acidity in contact with the skin.
Now you know how to get rid of shallow acne scars naturally! If you want to know more about acne, we invite you to read our previous article: "Acne: what are the causes?" ".
Finally, if you are affected by deep scars, we suggest that you consult your dermatologist who will suggest a suitable treatment to eradicate your acne scars .
* elimination of small cells from the epidermis