How to Reduce the Appearance of Acne Scars

April 15, 2016 by L'Oréal
By: by L'Oréal | by L'Oréal
How to Reduce the Appearance of Acne Scars

Protect Your Skin from UV Rays

It’s no secret UVA and UVB rays from the sun can wreak havoc on our skin—causing everything from sunburns to wrinkles to more serious side effects like melanoma. Another side effect of sun damage is that it affects scarring. Just like the sun can darken other areas of our skin, it can darken scars resulting in a more obvious and prolonged appearance. Protect your skin by using a broad spectrum SPF all year round.

Use Products That Target Scars

While the internet will have you believing you can create a “miracle cream” from kitchen ingredients to get rid of your acne scars, it’s best to stick with products specifically created to do so. If your scar is a dark mark, consider products aimed at brightening the appearance of the skin or ones that help to exfoliate its top layer using gentle exfoliating ingredients like salicylic or glycolic acids.  

Resist the Urge to Pick

The American Academy of Dermatology confirms what we already suspect—squeezing acne can turn “a minor pimple into a major problem.” So always exercise willpower and be extra gentle to avoid that long-term scar.

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