What Causes Acne Scars? Experts Explain

What Causes Acne Scars? Experts Explain

What Causes Acne Scars? Experts Explain

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"Most zits are temporary annoyances that disappear with salicylic acid, a retinoid, a little concealer, and a ton of patience. So it's too bad that acne scars may last for months, years, and even decades after the memories of the pimples themselves have faded. But you don't have to be resigned to living with your acne scars into retirement. There are plenty of skincare products and professional treatments to help minimize acne scars, no matter how old, wide, or deep those bad boys are.

How to Avoid Acne Scars

The best way to stop acne scarring is to stop acne before it starts. "I strongly recommend getting on an acne regimen if you are breaking out to both resolve existing acne ASAP and prevent new acne from forming to minimize the risk of scarring," Ciraldo says.

Pick a face cleanser and/or toner with blemish-busting benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Peace Out Blemish Balm features salicylic acid plus niacinamide and lactic acid, all of which are meant to help fade post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

"Lastly, treat your zits with a powerful but gentle acne treatment like AcneFree Adapalene Gel, a prescription-strength product now available to buy over the counter."

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