Tricks of the Trade: How to get rid of acne scars

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Kindly advise me on products I can use to reduce pekas. I think that because I had the habit of popping my  pimples when I was in high school, now I have these spots that I can’t seem to remove. What can I do to make my skin even again? Thank you! -ESTHER 

No matter what we call it—pekas, pimple scars, spots or acne marks—the very sight of these imperfections can hurt our self-confidence. They can come in many forms and sizes, and can stay on our skin for weeks, months and sometimes even years. What’s important to understand is that this condition varies from person to person. Some people get dark spots while others form deep depression marks on their skin. Now, the longer the scar has been on your skin, the harder it will be to erase. So it’s really best to begin treatment when the pimple or blemish has just begun to heal.

If some time has passed by and still those marks refuse to fade away, don’t worry. You can still treat them no matter how old they are. With enough time and patience, all scars can be erased. Follow these easy tips and you’re well on your way to getting smoother, more even skin.

Use a spot-lightening cream. Have you ever noticed how your pimple sometimes heals into a dark-colored mark? Well, that’s usually the case. Our skin produces melanin to help protect the distressed area, which causes these pimple marks to last weeks or even months. Lighten these areas in a jiffy by purchasing a spot-lightening cream with ingredients such as niacinamide, licorice extract and azelaic acid. These have powerful whitening properties that work by interrupting melanin production. With regular use, spots lighten up in four weeks or less.

Get a peel. It is best to consult a dermatologist. There are many kinds of peels on the market, and some may be too harsh for your skin. The one I tried  used glycolic acid (or alpha hydroxy acid), which was less abrasive than other chemical peels available and had skin benefits that improved overall skin condition, reduced scars and removed dead skin cells. It stings a bit when left long on skin (say, more than 30 minutes), but it won’t make skin red, raw or painful. However, like I said, we don’t have the same skin reaction. Your doctor will be able to give the right peel treatment for your skin condition.

Try a laser-resurfacing treatment. No longer like their antiquated predecessors that caused skin to sting, laser treatments these days are quick, easy and, most important, painless. Skin care clinics have different names for their laser machines, but these deliver pretty much the same results. Treatments are usually offered in a package deal of five to 10 sessions, depending on how bad your acne scars are. But rest assured they work.

  1. Dorkchops Reply

    Love this! I think I might try a peel before I do laser! Must save a lot more money. 😛

    1. kellymisa Reply

      Yes! Just be sure to use the right one for your skin. I consulted my dermatologist first before trying anything. 🙂

      1. Dorkchops Reply

        I will! 😀 I’ll definitely have to do a consultation first hehe. I don’t want to do anything that’ll be inappropriate and pay that amount of money for it! ><

  2. Milay Reply

    Hi Kelly! I heard you are using Melaz-K from FixDerma and so Am I! I am just quite anxious bc it has been 8weeks and my face is still red. I mean it has improved but my cheeks particulary are kinda red. How long did it take you to remove red marks? Thank youuu!! I am just 18 btw hahaha

    1. kellymisa Reply

      Hello Milay! It took a few weeks for me but it definitely lightened my acne scar. Keep using it and it should erase it completely. 🙂 Good luck!

      1. Milay Reply

        Thanks Kelly! 😊

  3. Sasha Samuil Reply

    Hi, i recently trying the lemon juice and tea tree oil for the ance scars.
    maybe i should do a consultation first and try your recommend method.


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