Acne Scars? Topical Treatments to Help Heal Them

Whether you suffered from severe acne as a teenager or even minor acne as an adult, you can still be susceptible to acne scarring. Depending on the type of scarring and how severe it is, there are several topical treatments that you can apply to your skin in order to help reduce the appearance of scarring and give you back a smoother looking complexion.

What Products Should I Use?

Before you decide on an acne scar product to use on your skin, consult with Dr. Toni Stockton about what kind will be more suitable for your skin type and needs. However, as a rule of thumb, look for acne products that contain ingredients like:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a crucial role in your body’s ability to produce collagen. If your body isn’t getting enough collagen then it will have a harder time healing acne scars. Additionally vitamin C contains a large amount of antioxidants which work to reactivate free radicals that can help repair damaged skin cells.

Kojic Acid

skin careKojic acid is an acid that is found in mushrooms and is used to help lighten the skin and reduce dark spots— like acne scars— across the face. However, because kojic acid does have some skin lightening principles it shouldn’t be used to treat acne scars that are embedded in the skin, but rather should be used to treat acne scars that are more surface level.

Licorice Extract

As an all-natural ingredient, licorice extract can help to treat acne scars by lightening the skin and giving it a more even looking complexion. Similar to kojic acid, however, licorice extract only works on certain types of acne scarring.

As you can see, there are many topical agents that you can use on your skin in order to get back your scar-free complexion. If you are interested in learning more about acne treatments or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Toni Stockton, contact our office today!

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