Let’s talk about acne scars. Many redheads have sensitive skin and when acne arises, it’s sometimes more difficult to get rid of it because the skin is thinner (than most) and easily irritates. There are many ways to keep the skin clear from breakouts, but what happens when there is scarring? Thankfully, there are many ‘redhead friendly’ remedies and treatments that will keep the skin looking refreshed in no time:
1. Lighten the skin
Unfortunately, there is no over-the-counter products that can fill in the acne scars. The best thing you can do is choose a product or natural remedy that lightens the skin just a little bit, to allow the scarring to not look so pronounced. One easy tip is to use fresh lemon juice and apply onto scars with a cotton ball. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes. The lemon works as a natural bleaching agent. If you’re more of a product kind-of-gal, try Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, which helps to reverse hyperpigmentation and prevent further discoloration. If you’re suffering from puffy skin, try a cortisone cream to calm the skin first.
2. See a professional
If your acne scars don’t fade away on their own, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Simple laser skin resurfacing can even out the skin surface and increase new collagen formation to help fill in acne scars! The fillers do need to be repeated every four to six months because the product re-absorbs into the skin over time, but it is totally worth it in the long run.
3. Be patient
Redheads are stereotypically known to have the least amount of patience, but it comes in hand in circumstances like this. If you have a new pimple and have a little bit of scaring, it may take a few months for the skin to repair.
4. Diet and intake
Avoid foods with refined sugar as it will cause inflammation and redness in skin, and can make scars appear more visible. Many think applying Vitamin E directly on the skin is beneficial, but it has actually been found that Vitamin E causes more good than harm.
5. SPF to the rescue
The most important thing you can do when you have scarring is to apply sunscreen. The scarred area can be very sensitive to the sun and even worsen if you aren’t protected.