Acne scars can be very disheartening for a woman and some scars are so deep that they require surgical intervention to be treated. Though many women opt for surgical procedures for removing acne scars,
there are several other methods which can be tried before you undertake a surgery. Undertaking a surgery after minimising the scar formation will give you better results as well.
Ways to Get Rid of Acne Scars Without Surgery
Identify The Type of Scars
Scars caused due to acne can sometimes be too deep that it cannot be treated with medicated creams or natural methods. Therefore, it is important to identify the type of scar formation before you think of the treatment method.Several types of scars are there ranging from ice picks, rolling scars, boxing scars, hypertrophy scars etc. A dermatologist will be able to identify the type of scar you have and decide what can be done to reduce its appearance without surgery.
Natural treatments give the best results when they are administered at the healing stage itself. They reduce the chances of developing a scar by keeping the skin supple and breaking the scar tissue to reduce stiffness and hardening of the skin.
Aloe vera gel can be applied on the scar when the skin is in the healing stage. But remember not to apply on broken areas of the skin as it can lead to infections. Vitamin E is another healing agent that can be used for preventing or reducing the appearance of scars.Apply vitamin E cream or squeezes open a vitamin E capsule and massage on the scar for 5-10 minutes every day. Apply when the scars are just fresh and forming for best results.Lemon juice can be applied on the scar twice daily and washed off after 20 minutes to lighten mild scars. Pineapple puree is a great exfoliating cream that can be used every day on the acne scar. Wash off after 10 minutes.
Creams like Mederma, Bio oils, alpha hydroxyl acids and Retin A can be used on acne scars to reduce the appearance of the scars. However, the effect of these creams can be limited depending on the type of scar you have. Creams are much more effective when the scars are mild. For deeper scars, creams may not have much effect.
Massaging the scar everyday with a medicated scar treatment cream or with a natural oil like olive oil, onion extract, almond oil or vitamin E will help in improving the blood circulation to this area and also in softening the tissue, making the scar much softer and less visible.
Massaging will also help in breaking the scar tissue, thereby evening out the overall effect.
Non Invasive Cosmetic Procedures
Laser treatment is one of the most popular non invasive methods for removing acne scars. Laser beam helps in breaking the pigment on the scar and thereby lightens its appearance. Scar treatment sheets which are silicone based can be used on the scars and left on for softening the scar tissue and fading it beyond recognition.Microdermabrasion which uses a sandblaster like device for buffing the surface skin is another competent treatment for removing acne scars. All these cosmetic procedures require expert hands for best results.