Exfoliation is one of the most powerful skin care techniques. It is a very effective acne scar removal treatment and can be done in the comfort of your own home. Acne scarring is one of the most difficult skin care problems, but it can be improved. Many scars may be removed entirely over time, if treated consistently.
There are two primary types of exfoliation, manual/mechanical exfoliation and chemical exfoliation. Both are useful in acne scar removal. Manual exfoliation uses an abrasive ingredient to polish and sometimes remove damaged skin. A home microdermabrasion treatment can help improve the appearance of facial scars. Chemical exfoliation uses an acid to remove the first layer or layers of skin. When this skin is peeled off, fresh, less damaged skin is brought to the surface. Chemical peels, like a glycolic acid peel are very effective at removing acne scars.
You don’t necessarily need to use a chemical peel to get rid of acne scars. You can exfoliate with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) by using glycolic or lactic acid in a lotion, cream or serum. You can find products that are strong enough to create a peeling effect. This type of exfoliation will also improve the effectiveness of other acne scar skin care products because all of the dead skin and debris will be removed and it will be working directly on fresh, live skin. Although you will see some improvement right away, it takes time to see full results. Use the products consistently and don’t give up.
Severe acne scars will require stronger scar removal methods like a chemical peel. Peels can easily further damage your skin if not done correctly. It takes time for your skin to adjust to the acidity of the peel. Don’t start off using the strongest product you can find. You are very likely to burn your skin, and have to take time off from your routine. You need to use mild concentrations of the AHAs for a few weeks before peeling, and then gradually increase the strength of your acne scar peel. Try using a glycolic acid lotion or serum to prepare your skin. Then start with a mild glycolic peel with a concentration of around 15% or 20%. Gradually increase the strength and frequency of the peels. Again, you’ll need to give your skin time to repair itself. It can take months to see full results. Deep scarring may need over a year. Luckily, the appearance of the scars will improve and you’ll see the benefits along the way.
Heavy exfoliation and AHAs cause your skin to burn easier when exposed to the sun. You must wear a sunblock daily for at least 2 weeks after every peel. It is important not to skip this step.
It is important to treat your skin with a renewing skin care product after you peel. This will help your skin heal faster. It may or may not be designed specifically for acne scar removal treatment. Look for a product that contains something proven, like Vitamin C, retinoids, or the GHK-Cu copper peptide. Some wrinkle creams are ideal to follow up after chemical peels.