Acne scars are a bit of a double whammy. Firstly, you suffer from having imperfections on your face. This leads to insecurities and a drop in self-esteem. Then, you find yourself marked by microtraumas that are just as painful as the imperfections. There are even situations where the scar takes longer to heal than the pimple.
Hollows, scabs, spots, acne leaves its mark and we're not telling you anything new when we say that pimples don't help. We'll explain why next.
But to the question "Can acne scars disappear?" we can answer that, fortunately, in the majority of cases they do. A consistent routine with the right products at the right time can help them disappear. They will then be a bad memory in your head, but not on your face.
Acne forms, types of scars and, most importantly, solutions, we help you understand what's going on and what you need to do to move forward. You can achieve your dream: perfect, harmonious and regenerated skin without scars. Let's do this!
A reminder of the types of acne pimples
There are several types of pimples. Depending on their nature, they cause different marks that are more or less visible and more or less deep.
• Microcysts and closed comedonesMore commonly known as "whiteheads", these are the most common blemishes. They are caused by an accumulation of sebum in the seborrheic duct.
For various reasons, the stagnant sebum cannot be evacuated from the surface of the skin. This obstruction creates tiny bumps. They may never react and disappear on their own, but they can also become slightly inflamed and develop into whiteheads. These pimples can break through naturally without necessarily leaving any visible damage, such as acne scars.
However, if they are stimulated by touching them, they can grow into larger and more noticeable pimples: pustules (defined below). This is a pity, because they are not usually red and remain very discreet at first.
• Blackheads or open comedones
Unlike the previous one, there is no obstruction on the surface of the skin. The accumulation of sebum in the canal can be evacuated towards the outside. The sebum oxidises on contact with the air: this is what gives the blackened appearance. They can degenerate into papules or pustules (definitions below).
As the seborrheic duct is open, it comes into contact with outside bacteria. Since hands are often carriers of various germs, piercing is a very bad idea on blackheads.
These are inflamed blemishes. They are bulging, red and painful. Even with make-up, they are visible because they are more prominent than the previous ones. They are therefore larger than microcysts and blackheads.
Papules sometimes develop without any original pimples. They indicate the presence of an opportune bacteria that feeds on the accumulation of sebum.
We often tend to "play" with them by trying to pierce them. At first, nothing comes out of the pimple but clear liquid. Unfortunately, the more the pimple is stimulated, the more it becomes infected and grows on the surface with the risk of migrating towards the pustule and favouring the appearance of acne scars.
A pustule is the result of a severely inflamed papule. This causes the pustule to appear with a clear or yellow fluid at the head. They give the skin a granular appearance.
The skin is then completely bruised. These are the most visible cases both in the crisis phase and in the healing process.
If the skin is not able to expel the liquid and sebum, the infection can migrate to the inner layers. The bumps are then even more pronounced. They may become a nodule up to 5mm in size. Severe forms of acne begin to occur at this stage, which can lead to acne scars. It is obviously imperative to seek medical advice.
Types of scars caused by acne
After this overview, it is clear how much the skin is affected by acne. The cells of the epidermis are under constant strain, sometimes with little time to heal. This creates a concentration of micro-lesions and scarring reactions.
Let's review the different types of scars caused by acne.
• Pigment scars
Pigmented scars are often evidence of inflammation and potentially a slight scab during the healing process. During this phase, the pigmentation of the skin may malfunction. We speak of red, possibly white or even brownish marks. The brown colour of these scars is even more important if you have naturally tanned or black skin.
So yes, if you tend to mess with your pimples, it's possible that you've made the problem worse. But we're not going to beat ourselves up about it. We're just going to draw the right conclusions, namely not to pop pimples when they're in the flare-up phase to avoid acne scars.
• Atrophic scars
These acne scars come from larger and deeper blemishes as previously explained. The skin has "broken out" in various places, the top layer of the epidermis may even have gone if you have used overly aggressive products. On reflection, you may even have bled...
On the face, you can see a grid pattern or small holes, often on the hollow areas such as the cheeks or the temples.
The skin has not been able to recover, which can contribute to the presence of acne scars, and there is even talk of a loss of cellular information. Don't forget that our Immunox® patent has demonstrated real effectiveness on mitochondrial DNA. Birch sap has a regenerating action on collagen synthesis.
• Hypertrophic scars
Hypertrophy is the expression of an increased tissue production. In the case of acne scarring, the tissue may produce too much collagen. This leads to acne scars with a bulging relief and a slightly fibrous appearance.
In this case, and depending on the personal discomfort, surgical interventions can be proposed by health professionals.
Saeve and acne scars
There are two phases of treatment for acne-related problems. Often we will focus on the first phase: the acne breakout. It is often the aesthetic aspect and the loss of self-confidence that prompt us to react.
But what about the healing phase? And what about the regeneration of the skin? Even if the redness and acne reactions are calmed, the skin needs help to get better.
What are the basic tips?
• Beware of the sun
Skin that has been damaged by blemishes such as acne is more fragile, it is thinned on the surface. UV rays harm the production of collagen. It also induces a modification of the cellular DNA. So let's not make it more difficult for the skin to rebuild itself.
In addition, a small scab will tend to turn brown in the sun. This can lead to pigment spots.
• Adapt your skin care
Stop using purifying products. If you're a regular user of harsh skin care products like retinoids and benzoate peroxide, stop the carnage immediately! You're only adding to the problem, literally and figuratively.
Overly drying products cause dehydration. This is counterproductive as the skin will secrete sebum to protect itself. You risk creating new acne pimples.
We have developed two distinct ranges to accompany the two phases mentioned above.
The Pur Paradisi range has been designed to treat acne on the face, neck, chest and even the shoulders. In our products, we bring nature into play. We propose to purify your skin and to act in depth on the causes of acne thanks to pink grapefruit extracts titrated in AHA. Non-oily, non-comedogenic (for the Serum and the Fluid), with a gentle peeling action, Pur Paradisi regulates sebum and clears the seborrheic channels. Inflammation is immediately calmed and the face is reborn.
Then for acne scars, there is the Perfect Pisum range. The highly concentrated pea extracts are perfect for reharmonising the complexion, correcting pigment spots and allowing the skin to regenerate itself. Cell renewal is boosted, thanks to the presence of our beloved Birch sap and organic Chaga. Goodbye marks, spots and acne scars!
An essential from the range? The Radiance Activating F90 Essence. With its bath of good bacteria (probiotics), it restores balance to the skin and its microbiota. We observe a 100%* reduction in acne marks. Yes, you read correctly, 100%! The correction of all imperfections is 96%*, and the spots lighten up from the first weeks**. You'll see your skin like you've never seen it before!
* 56-day satisfaction test, 23 women.
** Spectrophotometry test for 4 to 8 weeks, 23 women.