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Get Rid of Acne Scars Before They're Permanent

By Vicknesh @wellhealthblog
There are many different types of acne and thus many types of acne scars. Having scars on the face can affect you both physically and psychologically, and understanding how to prevent acne scars becomes a very powerful piece of knowledge.Let's have a detailed look at how you can go about preventing acne scars.How to Prevent Acne ScarsUnfortunately for many out there dealing with acne scarring, the best way to treat them is to actually prevent them. Most scars can typically be dealt with before they become worse and permanent reminders of a serious skin condition. But no matter the methods of scar treatment, it's actually scar prevention that's going to work best for you.Let's discuss a few methods here so that you'll know how to prevent acne scars.Treat ASAPThe number-one way to treat acne scarring is to treat the acne. Acne scars typically happen when the pustule, nodule, papule or cyst damages the skin in some fashion: Caving it in, pitting it, rolling the texture, etc. This typically takes time to happen. Acne breakouts that are long-lasting and recurring have the highest probability of scarring the skin. Thus treating the acne quickly and getting rid of it as soon as possible will help to prevent the potential for scarring.This may seem like common sense to some, but many people who deal with acne actually allow it to go away on its own. People get into this habit because it works for minor breakouts. However, when a serious breakout occurs and lasts for weeks without being treated, scar tissue develops.Don't Inflame the AcneThe acne that's most likely to scar is acne that's inflamed. This a pustule, nodule, etc., that is an extremely swollen gland. This swelling will actually tear and stretch the healthy skin tissue around it. So when the inflammation is gone, the skin may lose its elasticity or scar tissue may replace it.Avoid irritating the skin to avoid inflaming the acne. Don't attempt to pop your pimples. Don't squeeze and scratch at it. Don't exfoliate your skin roughly while experiencing breakouts. Avoid shaving over pimples.See a Doctor for Moderate Acne or WorsePeople who have occasional pimples or even occasional breakouts might not rush out to see a dermatologist, and they really shouldn't have to. However, if you're experiencing recurring breakouts that even broach the moderate side of acne, then you should definitely see a professional.A doctor will prescribe something that should help with the acne, and this should help you, at the very least, to decrease the time and frequency of breakouts which in turn lessens the chances of scarring.Dealing with Acne Scars Before They Get WorsePrevention is the best method but sometimes prevention doesn't always work. Unless you're already dealing with severe scarring, you should be able to lessen the appearance of scars, or at least refrain from making the scars worse, regardless of the scar type: Rolling, ice pick, boxcar, etc.Avoiding the ElementsMinor scar tissue will actually heal over time and your healthy skin cells will replace the scarred skin cells. This is especially true with minor and surface scars that aren't deeply pitted or rolling scars. Simply avoiding making them worse will, with time, make them better. To that end, avoid harsh cold temperatures and harsh wind. And always wear some type of sun block. Sun damage will turn a minor scar into a seriously nasty scar.Vitamin EKnowing how to prevent acne scars involves knowing how to treat them when they happen. For decades, doctors have been prescribing (well, suggesting) vitamin E for people out of surgery. This vitamin supplies vital nutrients to the skin and helps avoid more scar tissue. Using vitamin E on your minor acne scars will help to prevent them from becoming more serious and permanent.No PickingA scar is actually just excess collagen, which is the body's way of repairing the skin. Some people think that picking the collagen away will actually remove the scar. And this is because, for a short time, it will. When you remove the collagen on those little scars, you're left with what looks like lighter, smoother skin. But, over time, even more collagen will develop here for repair, and the scar will be a lot worse than when you started. So avoid picking at it and inflaming it further. Leaving it alone and protecting it may enable it to heal completely.Get Rid of Acne Scars Before They're Permanent
The more you understand about what an acne scar is, the better you'll understand how to prevent acne scars. When all else fails, there are plenty of different laser and resurfacing procedures available. But with a little TLC, you may be able to avoid permanent, nasty scars.By 

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