Best Ways to Prevent Acne Scars

acne-scar-3While we have provided many great methods for getting rid of acne scars, prevention is always the best method. After all, you do not have to treat something that does not occur in the first place! In this article, we will be going over three methods for preventing acne scars.

Minimizing Acne

The first way to prevent acne scars is to try and prevent acne. Acne can be minimized with a good skin care regimen. This includes washing your face daily with a gentle cleanser and treating the skin with a benzoyl peroxide-based wash or cream. Benzoyl peroxide in concentrations of 2.5%-5% have proven to be the most effective over the counter treatment for acne while minimizing skin irritation. A concentration of 10% has not been shown to be more effective at treating acne than the 2.5% or 5%, but a 10% wash does have higher incidences of side effects like dry skin and itching.

Be sure to cleanse your skin in the morning and night. Use any acne treatments before putting on make-up and make sure to give them time to dry before wearing accessories like a hat or headband.

Precautions With Existing Acne

Even the best skin care regimen and treatment system cannot prevent every single pimple from forming. When you do get a pimple, it is important to take precautions to prevent it from scarring. The most important thing you can do is not pick the pimple or your skin; popping pimples is the number one cause of unintentional acne scarring.

Another thing to do is to make sure to treat the pimple with benzoyl peroxide, as this may minimize the pimple’s severity and as a result help prevent it from becoming very large. Large pimples are naturally more likely to lead to scarring than small pimples.

Also, be sure not to use anything abrasive to wash your face. There is no need to scrub, as this may just damage the skin and irritate acne and lead to scarring. A gentle cloth or simply your hands is all you need for washing your face.

Skin Care Diet

In addition to preventing acne and treating existing acne, the next thing you want to do to prevent acne scars is to make sure your diet is appropriate for good skin health. You need a good mix of healthy fats including omega 3s and monounsaturated fats if you are going to prevent acne scars from occurring as these give your skin what it needs to repair itself properly.