If you have suffered from breakouts, you will find most of the time there is a red patch left behind after the spot has cleared. Especially if you have picked.
Sometimes these red patches can turn purple, and brown. In some cases, especially if you have been picking at your skin and trying to squeeze the pimples, you will find the skin as it heals is not as smooth as it used to be. The collagen in the skin has been damaged, leaving a dent or a depression in the skin. Others find that squeezing causes too much collagen to be produced in the area of the injury, leaving behind a raised scar.
Tips for healing the skin after a breakout:
1. Use skin care with healing and anti-inflammatory ingredients to heal the red/purple marks and prevent them from turning brown. Look for B3 (niacinamide), vit C, vit A, vit E, centella asciatica, rosehip oil, sea buckthorn oil, hazel tree extract, mint polyphenols, bilberry, lemon extract, ruscus extract.
2. Boost cellular regeneration with gentle AHAs with a professional peel or at home with skincare products that contain lactic acid or salicylic acid. The key here is not to cause trauma and inflammation while helping to clear the skin, so easy does it. Less is more. You can find gentle AHAs in cleansers, serums and night creams.
3. Reduce the scarring and uneven skin texture with microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion has been used for decades to help smooth skin and reduce the appearance of post-acne scarring. A course of 6-10 weekly treatments will be needed to see results.
If the scarring is very pronounced and deep, micro needling helps to break down raised, hard scars and plump out depressed scars from the inside out by stimulation a healthy production of collagen network under the skin.
These professional treatments should be well supported at home with quality skincare to boost healing and repair. Look for EGF (epidermal growth factors), an active ingredient to reinforce healing and repair. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for tissue regeneration and minerals such as zinc, copper and magnesium will also boost results.
For more great tips on treating a skin with scarring, read my blog: How to help clear open pores that have scarred: these tips are also helpful for pitted and atrophic scars
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