It is difficult to be plagued with both acne and acne scars. Ideally, you should be able to address both problems simultaneously. Unfortunately, many of the methods used to eliminate acne scars can actually cause more acne. However, one technique that is good for both acne and acne scar removal is the age-old technique of exfoliation.
The common techniques used for pimple, blackhead, and whitehead removal focus on topical mixtures. Most of the time, the topical mixtures cleansse the dirt from the pore, kill germs, and remove excess oil. Unfortunately, these topical treatments often dry out the skin while getting rid of acne.
Acne scars, as with all scars, must stay conditioned in order to be lightened and reduced until they go away. The skin drying effect of topical acne treatments actually makes scars worse. Scars are typically treated with natural moisturizers that keep the skin soft. However, these moisturizers can sometimes clog pores and cause aggravated acne.
This is why exfoliation is such a fantastic way to treat both issues effectively and achieve acne scar removal. Exfoliation is simply the peeling away or breaking down of the top layers of skin. This layer of skin is primarily composed of dead skin. This dead skin mixes with oil and dirt to clog pores and cause acne. Exfoliation also scrubs the pores, cleaning out the material clogging them and breaking you out. This eliminates basic blackheads and whiteheads and advances more aggressive acne.
This outer layer of skin is also where the older, upper layers of scar tissue are located. If you want to remove your scars, it is important to remove the older skin to promote new skin growth. This will help eliminate the tough and discolored skin that makes your scars noticeable. Exfoliation literally breaks down these outer layers of scar tissue at a microscopic level, making way for new skin growth. Furthermore, the rubbing increases the blood flow to the scar to promote skin growth.
Exfoliation can be done using over the counter treatments. These mixtures typically have some kind of "grit" ingredient to scrub the skin. There are also chemical solutions often used to exfoliate and peel the skin.
However, you can achieve similar results naturally. You can use a slightly coarse wash cloth to scrub your skin. There are also homeopathic recipes available you can use that scrub your skin and condition it simultaneously.
If you are suffering from acne and acne scars, there is hope. You do not have to choose treating your acne or your scars. You can use exfoliation to achieve clear skin that is acne and scar free.