If you are among the millions of people dealing with scarring from acne outbreaks, then you may want to find out how serums can help treat acne scars.
What is acne?
Millions of people affected by acne reach for beauty products, searching daily for a solution. Acne, scarring, and dark spots on the skin due to acne outbreaks are a source of distress for many.
Treatments vary depending on how severe or mild the outbreak is; some severe cases may require more invasive treatment. In comparison, good daily skincare treatment may help with milder conditions, subsequently preventing outbreaks.
To understand how serums can help treat acne scars, it is important to understand what causes them.
What causes acne?
Although acne is associated with teenagers, it is not limited to that age group. Many adults also suffer from acne. Blocked pores, bacteria, stress or hormonal issues are some contributing factors for acne outbreaks.
Oil released by our glands travels up hair follicles to pores in our skin; this oil is called sebum which keeps our skin lubricated and soft.
When the follicles produce too much oil, they become blocked. This leads to an accumulation of dead skin cells and bacteria in the pores.
This build-up and blockage is the cause of pimples, and or acne. Acne falls into two main groups -- inflammatory and non-inflammatory.
Types of acne
Non-inflammatory: Acne blackheads and whiteheads are the most common types of acne. This type of acne is the easiest to treat
Inflammatory Acne: Papules/ spots are similar to whiteheads but more inflamed. They are usually raised and with a pus head.
Nodules are inflamed bumps with no head, and the bacteria is trapped under the layers of the skin, making them a little harder to treat.
Cysts: Like a super spot, cysts occur when bacteria spread to a small network of locations under the skin. The bacteria cause inflammation, as the pores become infected.
What causes scarring?
When the infected pores rupture, they cause wound-like lesions on the skin. The body responds by springing into action to repair the damaged area.
It produces collagen and quickly rushes to restore the site. The body can sometimes make too much, leading to small scars or discolouration.
Some scars are flush with the skin, while others resemble small bumps. Depending on the type of scar, they can disappear in time, especially if they are atrophic. Others may require more invasive treatment.
Raised scars are less likely to fade independently, and treatment of the area is usually required. There are many topical creams which are useful in helping to get rid of acne scars.
But a serum can penetrate the skin faster, with a higher concentration of active ingredients.
5 Types of acne scars
- Icepick: Are small in width but deep.
- Boxcar: Are broad and more shallow.
- Rolling Atrophic: are smooth when stretched.
- Hypertrophic: Raised scars caused by overproduction of collagen.
- Keloid: Even after the wound has healed, keloids can continue growing.
There are other characteristics which define acne scars, but these are five of the main types. Identifying which kind you have will help in your choice of serum.
How serums help treat acne scars
Serums are considered a better option than moisturisers because they are considered faster acting. Although the perception is that serums are for dry skin, they are suitable for acne-prone skin too.
The higher concentration of their particular active ingredient is more beneficial in the treatment of skin.
A small area treated with serum, for instance, offers a more effective immediate solution. Many serums are infused with ingredients like Vitamin C for their antioxidant properties.
Both ingredients work to protect the skin against the damage caused by free radicals. The anti-inflammatory properties of the main ingredient in our products can help soothe the damage of acne-causing bacteria.
How does vitamin C help your skin?
Vitamin C is an ingredient in many skincare products because of its antioxidant properties. Known for helping to replenish the skin, by promoting two essential elements our skin requires. Elastin and collagen which work to generate new skin.
Our skin needs to be fed and looked after just like the rest of our body. When these proteins are not produced in high enough amounts, the skin suffers.
If there is a lack of vitamin C, the proteins are weakened, and our skin becomes more vulnerable to acne scars. Consequently, existing scars may take longer to heal.
Our Soothing Serum contains Aloe vera is the best choice for your skin to protect it against the damaging effect of free radical while boosting important proteins.
Taking Vitamin C supplements is worth considering too, as it helps boost the immune system. The bacteria in your pores is destroyed as opposed to attacking your healthy skin.
Vitamin C and free radicals
Vitamin C plays a role in keeping our skin free from harmful free radicals which are a leading cause of acne.
- Break down fatty acids and proteins that help maintain skins' natural PH balance.
- Leave the skin vulnerable to bacteria which causes acne.
- The damage caused to the sebaceous glands means increased sebum production.
By destroying the free radicals, vitamin C helps our skin keep the natural PH balance. This is one reason to use a vitamin C serum for acne.
Vitamin C serum for acne scars
Because serums have a faster, more concentrated delivery of goodness to the skin, they are the perfect choice in delivering vitamin C to the damaged area.
Vitamin C's powerful antioxidant and regenerative properties are provided effectively in high concentration to offer nourishment to the application area.
For instance, the Soothing Serum is light on the skin and suitable for sensitive acne-prone skin. Simultaneously acting to soothe spot-causing bacteria.
Best treatments for acne scars?
There are many treatments to help with acne scars. A dermatologist will advise which is the best treatment in situations where standard treatments are not suitable.
Those who suffer from severe acne may choose more invasive treatments like lasering. However, there are many serums on the market for those with more moderate conditions.
A serum containing properties that protect skin from the damage caused by free radicals is the best choice for Acne's sufferers. The Luxury Facial Oil from the Rejuvenate Range protects the skin from free radicals while hydrating it.
Free radicals can damage our skin's natural pH by breaking down fatty acids and proteins that help maintain balance and protect the skin from toxins.
Best serum For dark spots
Dark spots occur when the skin is damaged. Sun exposure, inflammation, hormones or injury from scarring, are contributing factors.
The skin in one area becomes darker than the surrounding area. It can present in a variation, depending on your complexion. As with acne scarring, there are prescribed creams available.
Additionally, other treatments available for more severe cases. However, regular use of a good serum containing vitamin C can help.
Vitamin C not only protects your skin from free radical damage but can also block the creation of excess pigmentation; consequently helping to brighten the skin.
How can you prevent future acne scarring?
Although, it may not be possible to prevent acne scarring completely It is possible to prevent what causes them. A good skincare routine can help avoid spot-causing bacteria.
Our skin needs nourishment, as much as the rest of our body. Treatments with quality skincare products, can keep the skin nourished, and keep breakouts minimised.
Using serums with anti-inflammatory properties, like vitamin C, can reduce scarring, as the inflammation is more likely to leave scarring.
So always treat your skin with a serum or moisturiser that calms and soothes. Avoid the urge to pop! We all know the overwhelming desire that takes over when we see a spot.
Stop! Squeezing spots can aggravate the problem, spreading bacteria and consequently leading to more. inflammation
Using serums or skincare products which soothe and exfoliate the pores helps to reduce future outbreaks. Regular exfoliation helps to soothe acne-causing bacteria, consequently soothing the skin.
For less severe cases, find quality serums, which deliver relief and repair to the damaged area. Our Soothing Serum does just that.
Full of extracts rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein help promote newer healthier skin cells, help combat, spot-causing bacteria and excess oil. Added to this, the tea tree combinations and other essential oils work to cleanse and nourish the skin.
Perfect for sensitive acne-prone and combination skin the fragrance-free, refreshing Serum, will leave your skin feeling hydrated and nourished.
If you are prone to acne, then some of the preventative measures mentioned may help. However, if the problem continues, or the scarring is severe, then a dermatologist's visit may be necessary.