If you’re an acne sufferer that’s wondering how to get rid of acne scars, then you’re in the right place. Everyone suffers from the odd spot every now and then, but for some people, acne is more than just an occasional annoyance. With around 95% of people in the UK affected by acne at some stage between the ages of 11-30 years, it’s fair to say we can all relate to the upset caused by acne. But some of us, it’s a long-term, frustrating, embarrassing and confidence-damaging condition.
If you’ve suffered from acne at any stage in life, it’s likely that you’ll have some scarring left over. (sob) These scars can range from minor red marks on the surface of your skin or visible pigmentation or brown patches. Or in more problematic cases you could have pitting, indents or deep scars and raised bumps that affect the texture of your skin. Whether you are male of female, this can leave you feeling very self-conscious. While I know it can be upsetting, you’re not alone and there are solutions that can help you.
Types of Acne Scars
Just like there are different types of acne, there are different types of acne scars too.
- Pigmentation/Red Marks – Flat, coloured marks on the skin that can be a range of colours from pink to red, purple, brown, or black depending on your skin tone.
- Atrophic Acne Scars – Indented scars that leave pits and dents in the skin tissue. These scars can be stubborn and less likely to heal on their own.
- Hypertrophic Acne Scars – Raised lumps of scar tissue on the skin, usually as a result of an overgrowth of collagen/fibrous tissue during healing.
- Keloid Acne Scars – Enlarged, raised scars that are thick, lumpy and larger than the original wound. More common in dark skin tones.
The great news is you don’t just have to put up with them. However minor or severe your acne scars are, there are things you can do to help heal them at home and professional treatments you can have. These are all to help heal the acne scar, smooth the surface of your skin and stimulate new, healthy cells.
Home Remedies to Help Acne Scars
If you are looking at some ways to get rid of acne scars at home then we can recommend some the following remedies which will aid repair and recovery.
When you’re wondering how to get rid of acne scars, Vitamin C is usually a good place to start. You might already know that its a powerful antioxidant and immune booster, but it can aid healing too! This is because it helps your body to repair damaged skin cells and regenerate healthy new tissue. A bit of a super-nutrient if you ask me!
Whilst it’s really important to get Vitamin C in your diet it should also be front and centre in your skincare routine. This is because it can actually aid the healing of spot scars by increasing the production of collagen and elastin in your skin. These are proteins in your skin that help to remodel your acne scars and prevent premature ageing. Bonus! Vitamin C also has a brightening effect on your skin, helping to reduce redness and discolouration left by your spots. As well as helping to prevent pigmentation.
Eat Plenty of Protein
Protein is the building blocks that your cells are made of. When you’re figuring out how to get rid of acne scars, protein needs to play an active part in your diet
Healing acne scars means stimulating the body to produce new, healthy skin cells to replace the old scar tissue. If you don’t have the materials your body needs in order to create these new cells then it won’t be as effective.
You don’t need to go keto or bump up your protein to body-builder amounts, just make sure you’re getting the right amount in your diet.
The best sources of protein comes from meat, eggs, fish and shellfish but plant-based proteins can also support your diet. Choose beans, legumes, quinoa, nuts, seeds and pulses which are all good sources of plant proteins. But I strongly advise avoiding the popular “fake” meat products, as these are highly processed and can lead to inflammation. Whole natural foods are always best.
Another excellent source of protein is dairy. However many people find that dairy can aggravate acne and increase breakouts so it may be best avoided unless you are confident that it doesn’t affect your skin.
Vitamin A / Retinol
If you’ve been Googling ‘how to get rid of acne scars or spot scars?’ then you’ve probably come across Vitamin A or Retinol already.
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports the function of your skin. It also supports other functions such as your immune system, eyesight and reproductive health. It can be found in many foods such as liver, fish, cheese, eggs, sweet potatoes, squash and spinach. Vitamin A is converted into Retinol in the liver which is the active compound and used by the body.
Retinol is most widely recognised as one of the most important ingredients in anti-ageing products. But Dermatologists have been using Retinol as an acne treatment for many years and is used in many acne skincare products. It’s even one of the main ingredients in a very strong prescription medication, only used in severe cases of acne due to the drug’s serious side effects.
When using retinol to prevent acne and reduce acne scars, it offers many benefits including; reducing inflammation, reducing the appearance of redness and pigmentation. As well as speeding cell turnover which improves the texture of your skin. This promotes healthy cell growth, making it a great supplement to aid skin regeneration and reduce spot scars.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
Niacinamide is the active form of niacin (also known as Vitamin B3). Used topically, it can be a great home treatment for acne scars due to its ability to lighten scar pigmentation and aid healing.
It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, soothing and can protect from sun damage too. It’s especially helpful for those of you who struggle with oily skin, as it’s a water-soluble vitamin so won’t leave you feeling clogged up or greasy.
Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring acid that’s often found in skincare products. It deeply cleanses your skin, killing acne-causing bacteria, removing dead skin cells and de-clogging your pores.
But that’s not all.
Salicylic acid can also reduce inflammation which helps to calm redness and swelling, making it one of the most popular and effective home treatments for acne scars.
If you want to try adding in a salicylic product to your daily skincare routine, I would recommend trying a milder version first and building up slowly to avoid any possible irritation.
Professional Treatments for Improving Spot Scars
Incorporating some or all of the “at home” remedies mentioned above can certainly help to heal your skin. But to really achieve visible reductions in your acne scars you should consider professional “in clinic” acne scar treatments.
We recommend the following treatments that can effectively treat acne scars:
Microneedling is a skin needling treatment that can help remove acne scars by stimulating skin regeneration. Using a small mechanical microneedling device, we create thousands of tiny punctures in your skin.
These microscopic holes stimulates a healing response in your body, flooding the area with nutrients to repair the skin. This stimulates new collagen formation to heal the scars as well as helping to fade pigmentation. Not only can it reduce acne scarring but it can give you fresher, plumper and more youthful-looking skin too!
Although it may sound painful, this procedure is actually quick, pain-free and suitable for use on all areas of the body and face.
Chemical Skin Peel
When I am asked how to get rid of acne scars, I often recommend an Acne Skin Peel.
Acne Skin Peels help reduce acne scars and oily skin using AHAs and BHAs such as Glycolic and Salicylic Acids. These skin peels not only help reduce spot scars, but they can also help prevent future outbreaks too by reducing your oil production, reducing inflammation and shrinking your pores.
A Chemical Skin Peel is also known as a skin resurfacing treatment because it removes the top layer of your skin, stimulating new, younger cells to be produced.
There are several different types of skin peels that can be used to get rid of acne scars including a Glycolic Peel, Salicylic Peel, Jessner peel and TCA peel. You can read more about the different types and how to get rid of acne scars with a chemical skin peel here…
Ideal for visible or severe acne scarring, the Plasma Pen targets the surface and deeper layers of skin, stimulating collagen production and helping rebuild connective tissue in acne scars.
The Plasma Pen is an advanced, non-surgical and pain-free treatment.
Not only does it stimulate cellular regeneration but it offers a wealth of other benefits too for acneic skin. These include: destroying bacteria, reducing inflammation, reducing oil production. Plus Plasma Pen can help to correct pigmentation problems too.
As a milder more “introductory” acne scar treatment, Microdermabrasion can achieve some really nice results, especially if your acne scarring is fairly mild.
Microdermabrasion is a mechanical exfoliation that gently removes the top layer of skin and stimulates collagen production to promote the growth of healthy new cells. It can reduce pigmentation, stimulate cell rejuvenation, unclog pores and help fade acne scars.
It’s suitable for use on the face, neck, back and chest and is ideal for people suffering from mild acne scars or hyperpigmentation.
LED Light Therapy
One way to increase your body’s natural repair process is through LED Phototherapy. This painless and safe acne scar treatment is suitable for mild acne scarring. It harnesses the power of light to stimulate your cells into producing more energy, which in turn helps heal and repair your skin more effectively.
There are several different types of LED phototherapy. Red light is great for healing spot scars as it stimulates the collagen and elastin production (two key building blocks for healthy skin) and can improve circulation allowing your body to bring the nutrients needed to get rid of acne scars.
Blue light is anti-bacterial, making it a great therapy for the treatment of acne breakouts. Yellow light therapy reduces inflammation and calms the skin, which can help reduce redness in spot scars. And green light therapy is excellent for treating pigmented or sun-damaged skin. To find out more about the different uses for light therapy click here…
Your Options for Treating Acne Scars
So whether you’re acne scars are mild or severe, there’s plenty you can do to help. If you think an acne scar treatment may be the solution for you then get in touch, we’ll be happy to help you figure out how to get rid of acne scars in the best way for you. You can get in touch here…