Acne scarring can often remain as a painful reminder long after your active acne has cleared up. Finding a way to treat it can be a difficult journey with so much conflicting information on the internet about different home remedies and quick fixes. To help you avoid some of the common mistakes people make, in our latest blog we bust some of the most common myths about treating acne scars.
Only New Scars Can Be Treated
One of the many misconceptions about acne scarring is that only newly formed scars can be treated. However, professional acne scar treatments will effectively tackle both new and old scars. Although, you are likely to see progress more quickly when dealing with newer acne scars.
So, even if you’ve had your acne scarring for a number of years, you can still improve its appearance. In order to do so, you should use a variety of in-clinic treatments.
You Can Treat Acne Scars with Household Products
With dozens of articles claiming to solve all your acne scarring issues using common household products, it’s easy to believe that you can make your acne scars disappear using things like lemon juice, honey, or aloe vera. However, these remedies are at best ineffective, and at worse can actually damage your skin. One of the most recommended home remedies, lemon juice, is not only too acidic to be applied topically but can also cause hyperpigmentation and even lead to UV sensitivity.
Tanning Will Hide Scars
Tanning doesn’t actually hide scars and can actually make them look more prominent as scar tissue doesn’t tan like the rest of your skin. So, while it might be tempting to book a few minutes on a tanning bed or hit the beach, tanning will do very little to actually treat acne scars or disguise them.
There’s Only One Type of Acne Scarring
The reality is, there are many different types of acne scarring, with the majority of people having a combination of multiple acne scar types. The most common types of acne scars are boxcar scars, rolling scars, and icepick scars, although a minority of acne sufferers will develop hypertrophic or keloid scars.
The one thing that all types of acne scarring have in common is that the only way to guarantee a clear improvement in their appearance is by undergoing professional treatments.
Because different acne scars will benefit from different types of treatments, you should always have a consultation with a trained expert. They will then be able to recommend a tailor-made plan to suit your needs.
Here at The Laser Treatment Clinic, we offer a free consultation to ensure that you will benefit from the correct mix of treatments for your skin concern.