Thursday, July 17, 2008

Acne Scar Treatment the Easy Way

Acne is a common condition which affects many people all both genders and all ages, young and old. Although more widespread throughout puberty and teen years, acne can and does last into your 20s or 30s and above. The problem with acne is that if untreated or if treated improperly, it can leave scars in affected areas.

Acne scar treatment is a difficult science. There are several general approaches which have varying degrees of success.

#1 - home remedies: rubbing sandlwood paste or ice cubes over the scars, applying cucumber juice or various other fruits and vegetables directly to the scar area. These types of acne scar treatment should generally be avoided - if it were that easy to solve acne scars, nobody would have them. Wiping fruit and veg on your face isn't going to change your skin!

#2 - laser: laser acne scar treatments are the first arm of a technique known as "dermabrasion", where the top layers of skin are removed to allow new skin to regrow in it's place. This new skin will be scar free, assuming that the dermabrasion is performed correctly. If the top skin is removed poorly or burned by the laser, it can lead to more scarring.

#3 - surgery: skin grafts and other surgical techniques are also used to treat acne scars. With this technique, healthy unscarred skin from other parts of the body is sliced off and moved over the scarred areas, much the same way as burn or crash victims have their skin replaced. While this can work well, you may be left with lines around the edges of the affected areas, and it can be expensive and time consuming.

#4 - chemical peels: the last type of acne scar treatment I'll cover here, and probably the most widespread and easily available. You can buy peel creams over the counter and use them at home, but do always read the label and be very careful. The principle is the same as some of the techniques above - remove the top layers of skin, gradually and slowly, and allow new skin to grow back.

Chemical peels or any of the other acne scar treatments will struggle to make deeply pocked or marked skin perfect again, but you can have some beneficial impact with a little patience and proper information. Be sure to talk to your doctor and dermatologist before you embark on any skin resurfacing scar treatment programme.

There's a great book about how you can cure your acne naturally, including the author's experiences with chemical skin peels to successfully treat his scarring. It's called "Acne Free In 3 Days", and it tells the story of how a chronic acne sufferer learned to keep his acne under control, permanently.

Learn more about natural acne treatments - and discover how you can permanently cure your acne in 3 days - at

1 comment:

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