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How to Heal Acne Scars Faster

By Brenda Barron ; Updated July 18, 2017

Acne scars leave your skin looking mottled and uneven. They can make you self-conscious about your appearance and serve as a visual cue to everyone you meet that you had acne at one time. This isn't how most people want to make a first impression, so they seek out acne scar cures. While you might not be able to eliminate acne scars completely, you can certainly speed up the healing process and improve the texture of your skin dramatically.

  1. Follow a standard skin care routine each day. Wash your face using a mild face wash, remove dirt and dead skin cells with a gentle toner that's alcohol-free and apply an oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and to make your scars look less rough. Repeat each morning and evening to prevent new acne from developing and to prime your skin for other treatments.

  2. Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every day. An oil-free formulation is best to avoid clogging your pores. Spread a thin layer over your face (and all other exposed parts) to protect yourself from sun damage. Excess sun exposure can make your scars darker and make the rough texture of your skin more noticeable.

  3. Pay a visit to your dermatologist to receive injectable filler treatments. These injections are usually made up of substances like fat and collagen and work to fill in depressed acne scars. Your skin might be sore or red for a few days, but then it will settle, and your scars will look more flush with the skin's surface. You'll need to have fillers injected every few months to maintain the positive results, however.

  4. Remove acne scars by undergoing dermabrasion. This procedure involves sanding off the top of your skin using a wire brush. Your skin is numbed; then your dermatologist will sand off the top layer. Your skin is then an open wound. You'll need to take special care of this skin to encourage speedy and healthy healing. Once it does heal, your skin will look smoother and refreshed with fewer dips and dents from old acne lesions.

  5. Remove the top layer of skin by means of a chemical peel. During this procedure, your dermatologist will apply an acid to your skin in order to slough off the top layer. This may burn or sting. The peel is removed, and your skin will need to heal for a few days, so expect some redness and irritation. Several treatments are needed to fully encourage redness and rough-textured skin to fade away into healthy, smoother skin.

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