Prevent Acne Scars With These Simple Tips

Your guide to stopping acne scars in their tracks

If you have acne scars, you know how terrible they are. If you don't, you're lucky -- and you want to stay that way. Whether you're a teen dealing with acne for the first time, an adult worried about future acne scarring, or a parent determined to protect your child from future scars, you've come to the right place.

Let's face it: acne scar treatment is expensive, difficult, and frustrating. If you can get on top of the scar situation before it starts, you'll have won the battle without losing a single soldier -- and who can beat that?

Simple ways to prevent acne scarring

Unlike preventing acne itself, preventing acne scars is not all that difficult -- at least, not on the surface. In reality, many people become so frustrated that what seems like common sense becomes hard to follow. But if you can stick to these tips, you'll save yourself some very uncomfortable situations in the long run.

1. Hands off.

It's the simplest rule, the most straightforward rule about acne, but it's also the hardest to follow. We want those stupid pimples GONE, so we pick at them and scratch at them and do everything in our power to get rid of them -- when in reality all we're doing is spreading the problem and creating the far worse future situation of acne scarring.

2. Don't rub.

This is the same principle as picking and scratching: when you scrub your face with a cloth or rub it dry with a towel, you're essentially picking at your acne, which can lead to scarring. Rub soap in with your fingertips in a gentle motion, splash water to rinse, and pat your face dry.

3. Let it heal.

Acne is painful and unsightly, but the healing process is sometimes worse: ugly red scabs all over our faces. Hard as it is, leave them alone. Do NOT pull of scabs. Treat acne wounds like you would treat any other wound: keep it clean, disinfect it with a gentle antibacterial soap (NOT hydrogen peroxide and the like), and try to stay out of harsh wind or direct sunlight.

4. Use medicated treatments designed to prevent scarring.

There are many over the counter acne treatments that effectively reduce acne and help eliminate scarring. Using a medicated soap as directed -- it's a common mistake to try cleaning too often to hurry the process along -- will prevent acne scars and also help you avoid future acne, which can lead to future scarring.

Acne is bad, but acne scars are worse: a lifelong reminder of a temporary condition. If you don't want to spend a fortune in both time and money on future acne scar treatment, take the time to deal with your acne as it happens: leave it alone, keep it clean, and acne scars are much less likely to form.

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