How to Soften Acne Scars
When an acne blemish extends below the skin's outer layers, it can damage the skin and scar tissue will form in its place.
Two types of acne scars exist, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The first is the result of uncontrolled development of collagen in the skin, which can leave the scar hardened. The second is a loss of elasticity, where the skin does not repair itself, and instead leaves a deep, hardened scar.
Engaging in treatments that soften the skin can help reduce the appearance of an acne scar, giving your skin a more smooth appearance.
Apply a scar treatment cream that softens the acne scar by affecting collagen production. Onion extract is one acne scar treatment cream ingredient, according to GoAskAlice. Silicone is another that can encourage collagen fibers to arrange themselves in a more orderly manner. Because uncontrolled collagen development can make an acne scar feel hardened, regular applications help soften the scar.
Mix a combination of castor oil and extra virgin olive oil and apply to the acne scar. According to The Oil Cleansing Method, a site dedicated to health and beauty, the oils contain essential fatty acids that can penetrate the skin and restore moisture.
The proportions in which you mix the oils depend on your skin type. If your skin is dry, use more extra virgin olive oil. If your skin is oily, a higher proportion of castor oil can help. Massage the mixture into your skin, allowing it to penetrate. Remove the oil with a warm washcloth.
Undergo monthly microdermabrasion or chemical peel treatments at a dermatologist's office. Microdermabrasion treatments help abrade the top layer of skin, removing dead and hardened skin cells, according to the Derma Network.
Chemical peels can penetrate the layers of skin, breaking the bonds that hold dead skin cells to healthy cells and encouraging collagen production in the skin. The result is softer scar tissue.
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