How to get rid of acne scars
It is never too late to initiate treatment for scar tissue. Red scarring associated with healing spots can be frustrating, upsetting and lead to low self esteem. Unfortunately, if you have been prone to an oily skin type and prone to breakout activity you will know exactly where I am coming from. Blemishes left behind from painful spots can be hard to get rid of and often last for months. There are many treatments and products to help speed up cell renewal and get rid of unsightly scar tissue. Acne scarring is very common and is one of the main reason clients frequent a beauty clinic and have often spent a fortune on products.
In terms of treatments, if you have suffered form severe acne which has caused ice-pick scarring or deeper rolling scars then a fractional laser offers the best treatment, this treatment can improve the edges of the scars, the skin will appear smoother and the scarring less deep. These lasers are more commonly used by medical practitioners and Dermatologists. Mild Atrophy can be treated successfully using IPL, this will lift the red colour out of the scar and can improve slight volume defects (very superficial). Usually for best results a course of 3 – 6 treatments are recommended at 4 weekly intervals. This treatment is often carried out by aestheticians as well as medical practitioners. Ensure you look for clinics with the appropriate registration, assuring you of high standards of safety and training.
Environ cool peel treatments taken as a course of 6, once a week will sterilise the skin, reduce inflammation, refine the pores and promote collagen formation essential for healing. Used in conjunction with the correct Environ Vitamin A moisturiser these treatments have significantly benefited customers suffering with acne and blemish prone skin. Applying vitamin A topically has many benefits, it strengthens the skins outer layer and balances sebum secretions. Dr Des Fernandes founder of Environ says ‘Everything that defines healthy looking beautiful skin is a direct result of Vitamin A’.
Micro needling can be done at home with a facial roller and is recommended to speed up the recovery of scar tissue ( never on active spots or broken skin), The outer layer of the skin, the stratum corneum is the ‘dead layer’ so you aren’t damaging the skin but instead creating tiny holes to allow better penetration of your Environ products.
The best products to enhance the professional peels are in the Environ focus clarity range. This is a 3 phase system tough on breakouts but easy on the skin. It cleans, controls and clears the way to breakout free, healthy looking skin. I have used this system myself until I no longer needed to, before reverting back to the Environ Youth essential range. It only took a few weeks to notice a huge difference in my skin.
Treatment and lifestyle modifications are often needed if you suffer with acne. A poor diet, lack of sleep and stress can all have effects on the skin. In my last blog I talked about the correlation between the skin and the gut, poor digestion leads to elimination of toxins often manifesting on the skin as conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. Treating the skin from within with quality supplements will help enhance the effects of your topical products. When you are healthy your skin heals at a faster rate, the healthiest things for skin repair are energy, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. In particular Vitamin A, C and E are key for skin health, food supplementation can help support overall skin wellness.
Skin Accumax is a popular supplement which works from within to produce a clear, flawless skin. It contains Vitamins A, C, E and phyto nutrient DIM which encourages the liver to process correctly and detoxify. It should be taken along with a multivitamin and is contra indicated in pregnancy. Another popular supplement is Youth Biome, a probiotic, its benefits include, enhanced wound healing, it reduces infection through improved immunity and fights against free radicals.
It may of course be necessary to seek advice from a GP if you cannot manage the skin, often antibiotics are recommended and in more severe cases Roaccutane may be prescribed by a Dermatologist. Roaccutane is a very high form of Vitamin A and is usually only prescribed once other options have been exhausted as it can cause unwanted side effects.
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