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Causes of Acne Scars and Post-Acne Marks

Many times, long after weíve found the right acne treatment regimen to help us clear our skin and help to get rid of acne, we still have souvenirs of the days when our face would break out. Acne scars and post-acne marks can result in your complexion looking less-than-clear even when youíre no longer breaking out. The first step to getting rid of acne scars is to understand what causes acne scars and post-acne marks so that you can both prevent them from forming as well as find the right treatment to fade and remove them.

What is the Difference Between an Acne Scar and a Post-Acne Mark?

While itís common to call any mark thatís left as a result of acne breakouts an acne scar, the truth is that thereís a significant difference between acne scars and post-acne marks. An acne scar is a mark on the skin that actually changes the skinís texture, either with an indentation or a raised section on the surface of the skin. There are four types of acne scars. Boxcar scars are square and look like chicken pox scars. Rolling acne scars are rounded indentations in the skin. Ice pick scars are pointed indentations in the skin. Finally, Hypertrophic or Keloid acne scars are raised bumps or collections of collagen above the skin left over after acne heals.

A post-acne mark, however, does not change the texture of the skin. Post-acne marks are darkened areas of hyper-pigmentation that stay on after acne blemishes have healed. The skin remains flat, but the area where the blemish was may be red or simply darkened.

While acne scars and post-acne marks require different treatments to fade or remove them, the causes of acne scars and post-acne marks are really very similar.

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The Number One Cause of Acne Scars and Post-Acne Marks: Picking At and Popping Blemishes

If you have acne-prone skin, the one piece of advice that weíre sure that youíve heard over and over again is to not pick at or pop your blemishes. A great part of the reason why you shouldnít touch or handle acne breakouts is that you may aggravate the skin and cause further breakouts. However, just as important is that picking at and popping your blemishes increases the chance of severe acne scarring as well as darker and longer-lasting post-acne marks. We know as well as anybody that itís always tempting to not only touch your face but to actively squeeze, pick and pop pimples. Thatís even truer if you have severe inflamed acne, which can be painful. We canít emphasize enough, however, how important it is to resist the urge to pick at blemishes. It may result in the short-term lessening of an individual blemish, but the long term impact to your skin may be much worse.

Over-Drying: Dry Skin is Unhealthy Skin that May Form Acne Scars or Marks

One of the most common myths about acne is that the best way to treat acne is to dry out the oil in your skin. Firstly, acne isnít usually caused by oil. While itís true that excess oil on your skin may clog pores and result in acne breakouts, most acne breakouts are caused by an overproduction of skin cells in your hair follicles. This overproduction of skin cells is directly related to hormones (in other words, itís Hormonal Acne). The excess skin cells clog pores and allow acne-causing bacteria to build up. Then you get blemishes.

Though drying out oil and existing blemishes can help to reduce breakouts, the common acne myth and acne treatment mistake is to aggressively dry your skin using medications like Benzoyl Peroxide. When you aggressively dry out your skin, your skin canít properly heal from your blemish. A blemish is basically a topical wound on your skin, and your skin needs to be hydrated to properly heal from any ďwound.Ē When you treat blemishes and breakouts (or just your skin in general) by using harsh, drying ingredients or chemicals, the end result may be acne scars. It may also be deeply dark post-acne marks that take an extremely long time to fade and heal.

Tanning and Tanning Beds: Enhanced Damage to Damaged Skin

Another common myth is that tanning or tanning beds not only heal acne (again by drying it out) but also reduce the appearance of acne scars and post-acne marks. Of course, to a degree, this is true. Because your skin is darker, the hyper-pigmented areas of post-acne marks as well as any redness around actual acne scars wonít be as visible. However, UV rays from the sun or from tanning booths damage your skin, including melanin, which causes pigmentation and color. When you tan or hit a tanning bed, you may be permanently changing and damaging the melanin in your skin, which may result in the enhanced visibility or darkness of post-acne spots or other hyper-pigmented areas. Additionally, youíre causing future age spots or sun spots to form. Youíve worked so hard for a clear complexion. Why let the sun do future damage to your beautiful and healthy skin?

Fading and Treating Acne Scars and Post-Acne Marks

If youíve already developed acne scars or post-acne marks, there are ways to treat and minimize them. If you have acne scars and actual depressions or raised areas on your skin, youíll need to seek the treatment of a dermatologist. Acne scars require resurfacing techniques and advanced equipment that only a medical professional should monitor.

If youíve already treated your acne scars and only have minor imperfections left on the surface of your skin, you can improve the appearance by undergoing a chemical peel to strip away the surface of the skin and accelerate the appearance of the less damaged skin beneath it to the surface.

If your face contains only post-acne marks, you are in luck. Post-acne marks will usually go away on their own with time. You can speed up getting a flawless complexion though by using a product designed to fade and remove post-acne marks. Begin by using a home resurfacing peel such as Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel. Much like a chemical peel, this process will speed up stripping away the darkened, hyper-pigmented marks from the top of your skin and replacing them with undamaged skin from beneath. However, your real weapon in fading and getting rid of post-acne marks is Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel. This best-selling product from Murad Canada fades post-acne marks using Hydroquinone, the strongest skin lightening agent that you can get without a prescription. Additionally, Murad Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel is specially formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acids to improve the penetration of Hydroquinone into the skin for faster and more dramatic results.

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A Final Thought on the Causes of Acne Scars

The key to beautiful and clear skin is healthy skin. That may mean finding an acne treatment solution or resisting the urge to treat your acne in unhealthy ways like picking at your face, drying out your skin or visiting the tanning booth. Whether youíre still fighting acne breakouts or simply trying to improve your skinís appearance after youíve found a solution, keeping skin healthy is the most important part of having clear, beautiful skin. No matter how tempting it is, donít participate in unhealthy ways to get rid of acne. Once your acne is gone, evaluate whether you have acne scars and require professional treatment or simply post-acne marks that can be effectively faded using topical medications.

You deserve flawless skin, and thereís no reason that you canít have it!

To learn more about Muradís best acne treatment products for acne scars and post-acne marks as well as all acne breakouts, including Acne Complexģ, click below.

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