After active acne clears away, the skin tends to leave post-acne scarring. A scar creates a raised or depressed area on the skin, resulting from a loss or overgrowth of tissue. There are ways to treat acne scarring including the following;

Treatments: Professional and medical-grade treatments such as

  1. microneedling – helps to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin with mechanic micro insertions into the skin, causing acne scarring to significantly reduce in size and visibility.
  2. Chemical Peels – helps to regenerate the skin cells and provide a smoother, even-toned skin complexion. Certain acids (such as salicylic or glycolic acid) can lighten and reduce the size of acne scarring.
  3. Dermal Fillers – these are fantastic for deep, pitted indented scars. This helps to ‘fill in’ any depressed regions of the skin, creating a smoother and even canvas. To maintain results, more than 1 treatment would be needed.

 Products: Professional products recommended by your dermatologist or practitioner is always the best. The best ingredients for acne scarring are:

  1.  Niacinamide – this vitamin B3 helps to reduce pore size and diminish blemishes.
  2. Vitamin C – this antioxidant helps to lighten pigmentation and stimulate collagen and elastin.
  3. Kojic acid – this acid helps to brighten skin complexion and hydrate the skin.
  4.  Retinol/Vitamin A – this vitamin helps to increase cellular turnover, increase collagen and elastin production.
  5.  Azelaic Acid – this acid helps to reduce blemishes and breakouts, also creating an even-toned complexion.
  6.  Salicylic Acid – this acid helps to unclog pores, tighten pores and reduces visible breakouts and pigmentation from acne scarring. 

 General self-care:

  • Cleaning make-up tools regularly,
  • wash pillowcases weekly and disinfect call phones.
  • Avoid ingredients such as lanolin, isopropyl myristate, mineral oils and fragrance.
  • Be careful not to wash your face with hot water, over-exfoliate or treat the skin too aggressively.
  • Keep skin moisturised and hydrated.
  • Avoid pore-clogging, congestion-inducing habits like working out with makeup on, and not thoroughly cleansing the skin afterwards.
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle whenever possible- getting more sleep, a balanced diet, drinking more water, reduce caffeine intake and don’t smoke.