As if dealing with acne blemishes wasn't bad enough, it seems that us acne sufferers always have a bunch of scars to worry about when all is said and done. Depending on your skin type, it seems like the scars are often worse than the acne itself!
It's no wonder, then, that so many people want to know how long it takes acne scars to fade away. While the answer to this question varies, it usually falls somewhere between "too long" and "way too long"...
Oddly enough, most of the published articles and products out there seem to address acne, and only mention the scarring as an afterthought. That means that there isn't a whole lot of information out there for you when your face is full of these scars that seem like they aren't going anywhere any time soon.
So, how long exactly does an acne scar take to fade, on average?
To be honest, I was interested in finding out myself. My acne scars tend to last so long that I lose track. Sure, they lighten over time, but they outlast my breakouts for such long periods of time that having to deal with acne scars is pretty much a 'way of life' for me.
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be an agreed upon standard length that medical professionals are sticking by. If there is, I sure couldn't find it in any books or online.
But what I did find is that most people claim that their acne scars last months. Some, even years. This is probably in part due to repetitive acne breakouts, which replace fading scars with new ones.
Is There Anything We Can Do to Speed Up the Process?
Fortunately, there are a few tricks you can use to speed up the long process which acne scars take to heal.
Most people have heard of the typical home remedies; cocoa butter lotion, lemon juice, aloe vera. These are all things that I get great value from, and I do recommend them.
But you know what? If you're expecting a real "solution"... something that really cuts down on the time that acne scars take to heal, then these home remedies aren't really going to cut it.
At best, you will probably experience some lightening in your acne scars. And then after a month or two and depending on your skin tone, you may reach the point where you can start to conceal them in make up (if you're fortunate enough to be a girl like me!)
More Hardcore Methods to Make Acne Scars Go Away Quickly
Traditionally, there have been several surgeries available. There is one that I've seen advertised by some doctors, I forget the name of it, but it literally sounds like they sand a layer of your skin off. Ouch.
And then theres the newer, much less invasive laser surgery. Unfortunately, it costs a small fortune, so unless you are a celebrity (or have one in your family) chances are you won't be able to afford to have a regular cosmetic surgeon itching to use his laser ray gun on your face.
The most practical way to get rid of acne scars at home is probably by taking advantage of a relatively new type of product are starting to gain popularity. Chemical peels, such as Skin Culture Peel are quite an attractive option compared to getting surgery.
What these peels aim to do is to speed up the natural shedding process of your skin, hopefully leaving the scars behind. While they are affordable, the chemicals are quite powerful, so make sure to follow the directions and be careful, especially if you have sensitive skin.
If you do decide to try out Skin Culture Peels, it might be a good idea to read the directions for their use, which you can find at their official website below:
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I push Skin Culture Peels pretty hard to my readers, because quite frankly, they're one of the only affordable solutions for acne scars that I know of.
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