Perhaps it is safe to say that we all agree that cystic acne is something that we can gladly live without. However, some of us have experienced bouts of these sore, painful bumps that develop deep within the dermis and worse they can linger on for weeks and weeks. After finally, getting rid of your cystic acne, you’ll think that your skin problem is over. But Oh No! Most of the time, cystic acne causes indentations and severe scarring. So after dealing with acne, there is the aftermath to deal with still.
How to Get Rid of Cystic Acne Scars
So how does one smooth out the indents from acne scars? These are deep-pitted scars and the best way to get rid of them is to seek professional skin treatments and make use of products that are designed for aggressive exfoliation and collagen regeneration to bring back the smooth texture of the skin. When it comes to these deep-pitted scars, the sooner you address them, the better. Here’s how you can smooth out the indents on your skin from cystic acne scars.
- Set an appointment for a chemical peel. Chemical peels come in various strengths. The skin care expert you consult will advice you on a series of peels that are appropriate for the severity of the acne scarring. A chemical peel entails a chemical solution applied on the skin to get rid of and exfoliate the outer layers of the skin to give way to a clearer, more evenly pigmented, and glowing skin in the surface. Chemical peels play a vital role in stimulating fibroblasts and creating new collagen. One has to remember though that the new skin will be more sensitive to the sun temporarily, so it is especially a must to use sunscreen daily. The type of peel suggested for the treatment of the acne scars will dictate how often the treatments are repeated. In most cases it would take 1-6 weeks of treatments to get the desired results.
- Make use of at-home retinol treatments. Some previous cystic acne sufferers swear by the effectiveness of retinol and prescription retinoids for smoothing out their skin. While chemical peels are effective, the use of at-home retinol treatment at least five nights in a week will help improve your skin’s texture dramatically. For those with sensitive skin a strong over-the-counter version of Retin A or prescription retinoids can be used.
- Keep your skin protected every day by lathering on sunscreen. As mentioned earlier sunscreen is especially a must. Whether the skies are overcast, it’s raining or the sun is shining gloriously, you should always lather on sunscreen. It does not matter if you are indoors or outdoors. The sun’s UV rays damage the skin and breakdown collagen. You won’t be able to get your desired results with these suggested treatments for smoothing out the skin if you forego sunscreen. Plus, acne scars when exposed to the sun’s UV rays unprotected can become darker and more visible since the sun’s UV rays stimulate the production of melanin.
Try out these suggested tips for removing cystic acne scars. Remember though that it is best to consult your dermatologist first.