Have you ever just wondered what it would be like to have completely clear skin. I'm talking about movie star, red-carpet appearance skin where pores just don't exist.
That is what I like to call the land of… Imagination.
A fun fact about most of the people that we admire is that they also want clear skin and wish that the airbrushed, overly photoshopped picture was real. No one has perfect skin. From Rhianna to Jennifer Lopez, everyone struggles with their skin at some point. And you know what? That's ok.
Case and point: I have acne scars. Yes, I know that it’s a shock, but I have dealt with acne scars for more years than I want to admit sometimes (over a decade to give you a hint).
And while I sometimes felt alone, I wasn’t. I just needed someone to remind me and give me the information I needed to turn my skin around.
So, dear friend, today I am that person for you. Here are a few tips on preventing acne scarring!
But, first, a quick word from science!
How Science Explains Acne Scars
Acne scars are the wayward child of acne. They can occur after a cystic acne episode or even after an acne flare-up of small zits. Now I'm not saying that all acne will result in scarring; But, for some people, scarring just follows them like the plague!
Here is how it works: Acne scars can be linked to inflamed lesions, like papules, pustules, or cysts. These blemishes often happen when a pore is filled with dead skin, yucky bacteria, and excess oil (which can be due to several things, including hormonal imbalances).
Almost like a balloon that explodes, the pore walls rupture when full. Depending on where the rupture occurs, it can determine the impact of healthy skin. After everything is said and done, scarring can be the lasting result of acne and bruising beneath the skin.
The two main ways that scarring can impact your skin is through:
- Atrophic scars- a loss of tissue that creates a little indent in the skin.
- Hypertrophic scars- an excess of tissue that creates a raised scar due to excess collagen.
These two cover a wide range of acne scarring that includes indented scars, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and keloids.
The damage to the deep layers of the skin (AKA the dermis) can be traced back to inflammation due to bacteria, oil, and dead skin. The more inflammation that occurs on our skin, the more likely we are to scar, and the longer it can take for our skin to heal.
And here is where you really need to pay attention.
If you see that you are more prone to scarring (meaning that you have seen a pattern of acne scars), then you need a plan of action as soon as acne starts to form.
Luckily, I have just the right tips to help you on this journey.
6 Mistakes That Could Be Ruining Your Skin
1. Popping Your Pimples
Popping a pimple increases the chances of permanent scarring.
Many people think that by popping a pimple, it will actually make the pimple better, but it can make things worse by pushing all the bacteria and pus further into the skin, which can lead to more irritation and redness.
And, because popping a pimple applies pressure to your delicate skin, there can be a lasting scar in place of that pimple you just wanted to get rid of. How's that for a lousy trade-off?!
2. Wearing Super Heavy Makeup
While a full-face of makeup can be the ultimate mood booster, it's worth mentioning that heavy makeup could end up clogging pores if you cake it on. Once we spend hours and hours putting it on, who really wants to spend ten minutes to take it off (sense the hint of sarcasm)?
Many women fail to properly take off their makeup and make sure that their face is thoroughly cleansed. But, if you're looking to prevent those acne scars, you can't afford not to. That is why I recommend the Completely Clear Gelée Makeup Remover to tackle all the makeup from the day. Don’t let makeup be the cause of your next breakout.
3. Using the Same Ineffective Skincare Routine
I know that you may feel like you are permanently stuck to that face wash and night cream that you have been using for the last ten years. And you might even swear by its magical powers, but let me ask you an honest question. Are you still having breakouts?
If the answer is yes, then that's a serious sign that those products have been letting you down for a VERY long time. So, now that we've established that, it's time to toss them!
Using products that actually help heal the skin and clear breakouts and acne scars is what you need! So I suggest our Clear Skin Kit to give you a firm foundation for clear skin! Wouldn't that be nice??
4. Ignoring Inflammation
Dermatologists have stated that inflammation can damage collagen to the point that the healthy tissue is replaced by thinned-out scar tissue, which can result in an indent in the skin.
The first step to preventing those acne scars is to find a way to get rid of inflammation!
Finding a product that can reduce inflammation is vital, and that is why I suggest the Flawless Nourishment Cream for all of your inflammation woes!
5. Messing With Your Skin
So, we have all been guilty of touching our faces just a little too much. It usually starts with the palm of our hand gently resting on our cheek ever so lightly, the occasional forehead rub, or the classic hand-leaning-against-the-chin.
But, all of these can increase the spread of bacteria from your hands to your face.
My motto is, why make a bad situation worse if you can make a bad situation better (It's copyrighted, so don't try to steal it!). So the next time that you think, “I should put my hands on my face,” DON'T.
6. Washing Your Face with a Washcloth
Washcloths, washcloths, washcloths...that was even hard to read, wasn't it.
A washcloth is super harsh on the skin and it really doesn't provide a deeper level of cleaning.
In fact, washcloths can thin out the top layer of skin, which can result in irritation , and expose you to more dirt and bacteria. Before you know it, you have acne scars! No ma’am!
No matter if your problem with acne scars is big, little, or in between, these tips can make a world of difference and help you prevent and combat them. Cheers to your future of clear skin!