May 28, 2015

How to get rid of acne scars, part two: Treatment

Please do not attempt this treatment on skin that is still healing. If your scars are new, and while the wound is still healing, please use the recommendations from the previous video:

How to get rid of acne scars, part one: Prevention 

Terms mentioned:

- Erythema (aka inflammation)
- AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), often glycolic or lactic acid, best for dry skin
- Salicylic acid (aka BHA, but not technically not a BHA), best for oily skin
- Microdermabrasion
- Hydroquinone (for more info, check out this post by Lab Muffin )
- Kojic acid
- Antioxidants
- IPL (laser treatment, Intense Pulsed Light—not a resurfacing tx)
- Laser resurfacing (more invasive than IPL, has downtime)
- "Deep chemical peel", for example a 50% TCA peel, or phenol peel

I unfortunately do not have a pre-made scrub recommendation at this time. I'm doing research, and I will update this section and post on facebook if I find one I like. I always recommend rice powder and jojoba beads in general, so you can experiment with those (mixing them with your cleanser).

I cannot recommend dermarollers at this time. Interesting idea, not enough information/studies. Use at your own risk.

My sunscreen videos:

Sunscreen basics: how much to apply, when to apply, and when to reapply

Finding sunscreen for sensitive skin

Do you really need to wear sunscreen indoors?

Paula's Choice Antioxidant Serums Overview and Reviews

Paula's Choice Sunscreens: Overview and individual reviews

I didn't mention using high strength retinol in the video, because in my experience, it is not as effective for textural, "pit" scarring on its own, and can be problematic to combine with microderm type treatments. You can use low strength retinols with the protocol I described as tolerated, but I don't recommend using something like Retin A as the primary tx for scarring. Personal preference.


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