So to start. Which acne scars type do I have?
After an acne breakout, (for what causes your breakouts, check this out) your skin requires time to heal, but during this healing process acne scars may appear. Acne scars are often associated with severe acne, but they can result from mild cases as well. Genetics and how long your breakout lasted are the main factors for how long your acne scars will remain, but picking or squeezing also hugely increases the likelihood of scarring (never pick your acne!).
There are three main types of acne scars:
Depressed (atrophic) scars
Depressed acne scars happen due to the loss of collagen as the skin heals but are typified by being scars that go into the skin rather than a lump or change to the skin. These are extremely typical for all people who have had spots or suffered from acne.
Types of depressed acne scars include icepick, boxcar and rolling atrophic scars. Icepick scars are some of the most common acne scars, with small but often deep holes in the skin where the pimple once was. Boxcar scars are wider oval or round wider oval or round areas of depressed skin with distinct edges that look like chicken pox scars. Finally, rolling atrophic scars are wide depressions in the skin with a rolling appearance that often looks like a M.
Raised (hypertrophic) scars
Raised acne scars are actually caused from when your skin produces too much collagen. This overproduction of collagen leads to the formation of elevated scars that are often long or wide and are usually found on the chest and back.
Dark spots (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and Red Spots (post-inflammatory redness)
While dark or red spots technically aren’t scars, they are a visible reminder of acne and something with which most acne scar solutions will be able to help. The inflammatory process of acne can result in hyperpigmentation or deeper coloration where the acne has healed.
Hyperpigmentation is more common in people with darker skin, whilst those with lighter skin are more likely to suffer from post-inflammatory redness. Both are understandably unwanted as a visible after-effect of acne, but there are a number of fantastic solutions for both these and depressed and raised scars.
So now you know what causes acne scars and their different types, what can actually help get rid of them?
Vitamin C treats acne scars by increasing the synthesis of collagen and interfering with an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of melanin, a natural skin pigment.
Collagen is a protein responsible for your skin’s structure and vital for rebuilding healthy skin. By increasing the production of collagen, Vitamin C can accelerate the healing of acne wounds dramatically.
Applying vitamin C can also stop pigment synthesis by stopping tyrosinase from getting oxidized into melanin. In other words, it stops the exact process that creates scars.
Additionally, vitamin C acts as a brightening agent and can reduce the appearance of darkened spots without changing the natural color of your skin.
Aloe is famous for its healing properties and it’s no exception for acne scars! A 2018 review of studies found that a compound in aloe vera called “aloesin” may help to reduce hyperpigmentation in acne scars. Aloesin helps reduce the overproduction of melanin, a darker pigment that can make acne scars more noticeable.
Centella Asiatica is a tropical medicinal plant coming from the Apiaceae family, which is native to Southeast Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. The plant has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years in India to help the skin and fight anti-ageing.
Its therapeutic effects are mainly due to the saponins found within the plant but it’s also packed full of antioxidants, fatty acids, and amino acids.
The saponins are a group of 4 acids, each with their own studied benefits:
- Asiatic acid - This compound is an antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory agent which is great for combatting inflammatory scarring
- Madecassic acid - Prevents the inflammation of skin and scars caused by UV exposure.
- Asiaticoside - increase in wound healing abilities, increases collagen synthesis and strength of skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
- Madecassoside - speeds wound healing through its antioxidative activity and enhances collagen synthesis.
How do I use these?
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- Centella Asiatica
- Aloe Vera
- Sophora Augustifolia
- Golden Chamomile
- Houttuynia Cordata
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