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Salicylic Acid for Acne Scar Treatment

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  1. Egyptian Doctor

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    Acne scars in most cases appear as red marks. They tend to last for some weeks, or even months after the pimple has vanished. The good thing is that there are over-the-counter products that help in acne scar treatment.

    Exfoliating is a natural way that can be used to lighten and also fade acne scars. When done on the skin it sheds off the top layer of skin cells and unearths the skin layer that is directly underneath. The new layer has the potential to be unmarred and fresh.

    For acne scar treatment, you can use a scrub that contains fine grains or alternatively gently rub the area with a skin brush that is dry. These are two easy ways that you can adopt to remove surface-level skin cells. Doing exfoliation repeatedly is necessary if you want to get rid of acne scars completely. It is advisable that you exfoliate not less than once a week till the scar fades.

    There are several peels that have proven to be reliable acne scar treatment options. Fading peels help to decrease the redness in scars and reduce the appearance of the scars. They contain a small percentage of salicyclic acid or glycolic acid solution. The solution prevents any breakouts in the future and fades scars.

    Salicyclic acid is a good scar and acne treatment. It works by weakening the bonds between skin cells. It encourages exfoliation and guarantees minimal risk of irritation. A peel that has glycolic acid helps stimulate collagen production in the layers of skin that is underneath. The skin layers will eventually emerge if exfoliation is done regularly. It will not have any scars. The peel should be used two or three times on a weekly basis if you want to get good results.

    Acne spot treatments have been made in such a way that they can deal with pimples when they first appear. They also help get rid of post-acne scarring. The gels have a 2% salicyclic acid solution.

    In order to make a pimple fade and also prevent scarring there are a couple of steps that you must follow:

    • Use a cotton swab to dab a small amount of the gel directly on the pimple before going to bed.
    • Avoid using your hands. Bacteria from your hands can be transferred to the pimple which will irritate it more.
    • In the morning make sure that you wash your face. This is a good way to prevent scarring. If by any chance scarring occurs, continue applying the gel every night on the area affected. Over time, the gel will fade the scar.

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    hi doc, i have old acne scars which i wish to get rid off, will continued exfoliation with a brush or dermaroller help?
     

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