The complicated acne scar problem occurring after skin breakouts causes more severe desperation in many people, especially if the scars are deep, severe, and located on visible areas of the skin, such as the face. There are people who turn to medications and various kinds of treatments to make the scars go away. However, some people may wonder whether the scarring problem occurring with acne breakouts will ever go away naturally and if it does, what can possibly be done to prevent it from recurring.
Acne marks and scars
Acne scars are the result of hyperpigmentation that occurs during the inflammation process of acne healing. There are a quite various types of acne scars that may occur after your skin heals from the problem. There are even differences between acne marks and acne scars. These skin pigmentation problems occur post acne breakouts and will likely to reoccur whenever you develop another acne problem. Nowadays, there are treatments and medications used to improve skin complexion affected by acne marks and scars. However, there are also a lot of people, especially adolescents questioning whether these scars and marks will ever go away without any specific medications and treatments.
Do acne scars go away on their own?
There are some risk factors determining the length of time your skin will need before the existing acne marks and scars go away or fade. These include your age, your skin type, tone, and complexion, and your acne severity. Some other external risk factors, such as environmental factors and remedies used also possess an important role for acne marks and scars to fade. Related to how likely these acne-affected complexion to go back to normal, there are things to consider:
- Acne marks, which are the mild type of acne scars, are the hyper pigmented blemishes or dark spots, or red and brown marks that are the result of post-inflammatory pigmentation of the skin suffered from acne. These marks commonly be less visible when you stretch the affected skin. In most people, acne marks are going to fade within 3 to 6 months without any medical or aesthetic treatments. Enhancing the healing process is possible, as long as the remedies are used in a regular basis.
- More severe acne scars that are indented permanently from collagen damage may not go away without any specific treatments. These indented acne scars can be an ice pick, box car, or rolling scars, and may not be able to restore to its normal shape without treatments. Laser and dermal fillers are the treatments that can be done for reducing the sharp appearance of these acne scars.
- Some people who are susceptible to keloid may develop thick acne scars, which are also almost impossible to go away without being specifically treated. This may be the most difficult acne scars to handle even with modern aesthetic surgeries.
How to make mild acne scars go away faster
Although mild acne scars are going to go away on their own within 3 to 6 months, you can enhance the process using some remedies you can do at home in daily basis, such as:
- Applying topical retinoid that enhances collagen production in the skin cells. Sufficient collagen will help the skin to grow new healthy skin cells that are going to replace the damaged, hyper-pigmented ones.
- Increasing vitamin C consumption by taking in some vegetables and fruits loaded with the vitamin, vitamin C is an essential anti-oxidant that will help skin repair. You can also apply vitamin C topically. The most effective home remedy you can use to perform this function is lemon. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, making it the most effective anti-oxidant. Dilute the lemon juice with few drops of water and apply it onto the face for several days. You will notice the light acne marks begin to fade significantly.
- Avoiding sunlight and wearing sunscreen while going out under the ultraviolet. Ultraviolet ray may darken new acne marks and make them permanent or very hard to get rid of. Hence, it is important to avoid excessive sunlight while having new acne marks, and wear effective sunscreen whenever going out.