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How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Fast - 7 Tips

Updated on July 20, 2013

Acne Scars

If there is anything worse than pimples, it is the acne scars that are left on your skin that serve as an unwanted reminder of your breakout. Acne scars are the primary reason why many despise having pimples. After battling with your acne breakout, now you have to worry about those unsightly scars. The good news is that most acne scars fade over time; that is if you know how to treat them properly.

If you are the type who can’t resist picking your pimples, then you’re in for a huge trouble. To avoid dealing with these marks on your face, read on and find out how to get rid of acne scars fast.

What Causes Acne Scars?

Acne scars form on areas that have suffered from acne lesions. These lesions can cause severe inflammation, consequently damaging skin collagen. Loss of collagen in the skin results to discoloration and depression of the affected areas. Cystic acne, in particular, is known to lead to scarring. Squeezing pimples and too much sun exposure also make acne scars worse.

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Fast

1. Squeeze some lemon or lime juice.

The first thing to try when dealing with acne scars is some home remedies. Pick a lemon and squeeze its juice out. Dab cotton in the juice and rub it lightly on your acne scars. Lemon or lime juice acts as a natural bleaching agent, helping the acne scars to fade.

2. Use vinegar.

Another home remedy for acne scars is vinegar. It serves as a mild chemical peel, removing the top layer of the skin and allowing new cells to grow.

3. Try topical medications.

There are a lot of over-the-counter topical medications that can help get rid of acne scars fast. Choose one that contains alpha hydroxy acids or salicylic acids. These ingredients help unclog the pores and promote skin cell growth. You can also use cortisone creams to reduce inflammation of the acne scars.

4. Use tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil has been used to heal the skin and improve its appearance. You can find gels that contain tea tree oil in your local drugstore. It promotes skin regeneration and helps prevent future acne scars.

5. Laser resurfacing.

Laser resurfacing involves the use of various types of lasers to remove the top layer of the skin. The type of laser and light range to be used depends on the severity of your acne scars. It usually takes a week for the skin to heal after the procedure.

6. Dermabrasion.

In this procedure, the doctor uses a wire brush to sand away to surface of the skin to allow a smoother layer to replace it. The goal is to stimulate skin growth in areas damaged by acne scars. Dermabrasion makes the face noticeably smoother.

7. Try fillers.

Another popular medical treatment for acne scars involves the use of fillers. This is usually done with depressed acne scars. Fillers such as collagen are injected into the acne scars to put them at the same level as the surrounding area. Fillers are an effective way to get rid of acne scars fast but they are not permanent. Fillers usually last from three to six months, which means you have to undergo the procedure again after the effect has worn out.


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    • Carson McQueen profile image

      Carson McQueen 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you, caramellatte.

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      caramellatte 4 years ago

      Cool hub! Useful and informative.