Red Acne Scars And How To Get Rid Of Them
If you’ve landed on this page looking for information on getting rid of red acne spots left behind after a breakout of acne has healed, or help preventing the regular and painful acne breakouts which cause them in the first place, there should be plenty enough information here to get you started.
The truth is you can’t begin to deal with the red acne scars left behind until the eruption has healed. These scars are hyperpigmentation from acne and if the hyperpigmentation is several layer deep, can be a darned nuisance to deal with, so prevention or minimizing the breakouts of acne in the first place is key to dealing with what’s left behind.
Prevention Is Always Better
One of the best ways to remove red spots acne can leave behind is to prevent them or minimise them before they are born – once you get that ‘feeling’ under the skin, the eruption has formed and there is very little you can do to stop it, nor prevent the red spot of hyperpigmentation left behind
The single best preventative against persistent red acne spots is good basic skin care, undertaken daily and thoroughly. Trust me (or pay and ask any dermatologist!) you’ll minimise the eruptions that happen at all and therefore the dark acne scar left behind.
Even if they still happen occasionally, you’ll find they won’t be anything like as big or long lasting and they won’t scar into a red acne spot as badly either.
Thorough cleansing and regular exfoliating is very important to all of us but particularly so when you have a condition like acne, because the sebaceous glands are producing more oil than your skin needs. Now when the extra oil mixes with all those layers of dead skin cells on your skin, it begins blocking the pores and hair follicles.
Look, we all have numerous bacteria on our skin which is normally harmless, but with acne sufferers it causes these blocked pores to become infected resulting in the acne erupting again, usually weeks after the initial skin infection on the surface occurred.
A good skin care routine doesn’t mean washing excessively either as this can irritate acne and sensitive skin further. Research shows that washing too often can irritate your skin and make your acne worse so following a basic skin care routine doesn’t take up much time and can even be done in the shower.
Dermatologists advise you to wash your face and problem areas, your neck, chest, back, and shoulders, a maximum of twice a day to avoid this. They suggest using cool water rather than hot and to gently pat dry, never rub.
The other thing dermatologists agree on is the benefits of electric facial brushes in skin care. Did you know that using a facial cleansing brush daily before your normal proprietary acne cream can have rapid and amazing results? Using a deep cleansing face brush really removes all those dead cells and oily deposits, allowing your acne cream to get deep into where it’s needed rather than being blocked off – the improvements are fast and measurable.
If you still think they are a waste of money, get a cheap battery operated face cleansing brush and try it – the budget range won’t give you anything like the deep clean of a Clarisonic, but I bet it makes your skin feel better than you ever imagined the first time you use it and you’ll see visible improvements in less than a week, that’s a promise.
Which Products Help?
Cooling astringent body rubs and blueberry soap do sound more luxurious than “non-comedogenic body wash” don’t they? But be careful – the ingredients in fruity soaps or alcohol based lotions may well irritate already sensitive skin, so the best advice is to avoid them.
Stick to products with these ingredients:
- Alcohol-free: Relies on other substances to act as an astringent
- Oil-free: Aimed at not blocking pores and oily skin
- Hypoallergenic: Designed to minimize allergic reactions – always perfume free
- Non-comedogenic: Won’t clog pores or cause acne
Following cleansing use your prescribed acne cream or lotion which is be designed to keep those pores unclogged. Look for salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide on the ingredient list.
Using sun cream with a minimum SPF of 20 (higher in hot countries) to protect skin from damaging UVA and UVB rays, is a good daily routine to adopt – again, speak to your pharmacist and ask for appropriate sun cream protection without oil.
Gentlemen – if you can, avoid using aftershave which will probably irritate already inflamed skin, dab on your clothes instead.
Ladies – do remember your specialist wonderful anti-acne foundation cream is not intended to go through the night, so cleanse it carefully away each night and go makeup free whenever you can to give your skin breathing space.
Treatment Of Red Acne Spots (AKA Hyperpigmentation)
There are some natural hyperpigmentation remedies (read more…) which use plant extracts and not chemicals to lighten skin. Gentle and clinically tested, they won’t do you any harm and can give excellent results, don’t forget chemists are now turning to plants to fight dark skin spots by using nature’s bleaching agents and Melanin blockers.