An unpleasant reminder: pigmented acne scars

Posted on 10 Nov, 2011

Active acne can be a terribly distressing skin condition that can cause sufferers considerable distress. Unfortunately, the problem is often two-fold: the pustules and nodules synonymous with active acne can be difficult to control and to camouflage; but they can also leave behind angry-looking red scars that can be pitted in appearance, making them more noticeable.

Despite their name, acne scars are not pigmented. The redness is not caused by excessive melanin production, but by the inflammation of the nodules or cysts that have formed under the skin. This redness can fade over time, although this can take months or even years to happen.

Some skincare products can help to improve the appearance of these scars. Rose E oil has been shown to provide an effective treatment for acne scarring. It has regenerative properties that encourage the skin to renew itself, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the redness.

In the case of extensive or very visible scarring, there is another option: microdermabrasion and laser therapy. This treatment removes the damaged superficial layers of skin and reveals the new and healthy skin beneath. The laser stimulates the production of collagen to create supple and elastic new skin with a greatly improved appearance.