Acne and breakouts can cause both physical and emotional damage, causing decreased self-esteem in our overall appearance, and can also impact our work and social lives. An acne scar removal treatment can help in eliminating these scars and revitalize your skin towards better skin health.
However, it is important to take care of your skin before and after your acne scar removal treatment as this can help you achieve your desired skin goals in the shortest possible time.
While the duration of your acne scar treatment depends on your skin goals, type and condition, adherence to the pre- and post- acne scar treatment care routine can contribute greatly to a safe and highly effective procedure.
In this article, we will share tips on pre-treatment and post-treatment care for your skin to restore your skin’s health quickly after an acne scar removal treatment.
When your acne or breakout clears up and leaves behind a flat, reddened spot, this is called hyperpigmentation, or hypertrophic scars. Other times, remnants of the breakout can leave behind what is called atrophic scars, or depressed scars.
These are scars that form deep underneath the skin and can create an uneven, bumpy texture, and can be caused by picking at cystic acne or big pimples.
Similar to any facial treatment, your skin will need to be prepared properly for the procedure. If you are taking any topical medication that may affect the condition of your skin, such as Retin A or Vitamin A, you will be required to stop using the creams 3 to 5 days prior.
Your therapist or dermatologist will assist with the cleansing, and exfoliation if any, before the treatment.
By discontinuing topical creams that may alter the state of your skin, this can prevent any further damage or irritation as it comes in contact with other products that may be used during the acne scar treatment.
Sunscreen is a good way to prep your skin before your acne scar removal treatment. It reduces any sun damage on your skin and serves as an added protective layer for sensitive skin against the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Regularly applying sunscreen can help you achieve a better skin complexion over time.
After the acne scar treatment, the skin will normally appear raw and is therefore vulnerable to bacteria and dirt. It is of utmost importance that the treated areas of the skin are cleansed with proper skincare products that you already have, or as prescribed by your therapist.
It is safe to wash your face a few hours after the acne scar treatment as this can help cleanse away the remnants or excess of any creams on your face.
Be sure to use a mild cleanser as these are gentle on your skin and will not trigger any severe reaction that may arise after the acne scar treatment.
If your therapist has provided you with skincare treatments to apply following the acne scar treatment, follow the instructions as these can help your skin to heal and repair itself.
After washing your face, the skin is in a better condition and can absorb the product better, hence the best time to apply the prescribed topical products would be before bedtime.
You may only apply sunscreen 12 hours after the acne scar treatment. Even in aftercare, sunscreen plays a very important part in your skincare routine.
With regular application, sunscreen not only gives your skin the shield it needs from the sun, it also protects it against free radicals that may cause skin cancer.
On top of that, applying sunscreen daily can help to slow down the signs of ageing in your skin, including wrinkles, fine lines and age spots.
For those of us who keep an active lifestyle, it is best to keep away from excessive sun exposure for at least 10 days to prevent any damage to your skin during its healing process.
Refrain from wearing makeup for at least 12 hours following the acne scar treatment. Your skin will need time to heal, and cosmetic products will only slow down the healing process.
In addition, some ingredients in cosmetics may disrupt the healing process and cause side effects instead.
After 72 hours (3 days), minimal makeup may be applied to your skin, but keep to the light cosmetics. Heavy products such as foundation or concealer may stress the skin.
Retinol contains Vitamin A and helps your skin increase its collagen production. This promotes skin regeneration and keeps it looking fresh and healthy. Apply topical retinol 48 to 72 hours after the acne scar treatment to help your skin repair itself and look its best.
Your therapist or dermatologist will provide you with ample information on how you can best prepare your skin for a smooth and successful treatment.
By keeping to the acne scar treatment aftercare, you are giving your skin what it needs to heal progressively and properly, allowing you to return to your normal skincare habits eventually.
Speak to our acne scar doctor for a more complete understanding of pre- and post-treatment care for acne scar treatments.
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