Scars and Blemishes

Anonymous asked if I had any tips on getting rid of scars and on how to reduce the size of blemishes.

Scars are a hard thing to deal with once they’ve formed, as essentially they’re just a mass of dead cells now; it’s best to treat anything that may cause them before one actually forms.  However, over the years I’ve found a few non-clinical remedies that have seemed to help reduce the overall appearance of scars and make them far less noticeable.  As for red marks left from acne, for the most part, without clinical treatment, these really just need to be left to heal and diminish on their own (although it may take anywhere from 3-8 months).  However, there are a few things for these I’ve found as well.  I’ll give a quick overview of the products/methods I recommend here, and if you want a more in-depth review, leave a comment below and I’ll do any/all of them later this week.

1. Egyptian Magic: A blend of only seven ingredients including beeswax, royal jelly, honey, bee pollen, and olive oil this balm is literally a cure-all.  Apply to bruises to reduce their appearance in less than six hours, to chapped lips to heal them overnight, to dry skin/eczema to heal it in less than a day, and to scars to soften their appearance and improve texture.

2. Mario Badescu Whitening Mask: I swear by this now.  Used three times a week and worn overnight, this fruity-scented facial mask rapidly fades discolorations from acne, sun exposure, and minor scarring.  Must be used about 4-6 times before results become apparent.

3. General exfoliation: My preferred exfoliator is probably something everyone already owns-baking soda.  Yes, this household product mimics professional microdermabrasion in its results, but as such, it must be used cautiously.  Mix about a teaspoon with enough of a liquid facial cleanser to make a medium-thick paste.  Massage gently on a dampened face in small circular motions; your face should tingle but never burn, although skin may redden.  If burning occurs, massage more gently or increase the amount of added cleanser to thin the mixture.  Precautions-only use once a week, do not use if on any prescription acne medication, stop use if any serious irritation occurs.

4. Benzoyl Peroxide: Hopefully you have a good dermatologist who can prescribe some clinical strength stuff, but if not, you can pick up many lesser-strength BP creams at the drugstore.  BP helps skin cells shed faster, and thus will improve the time it takes for red marks and discoloration from scars to reduce.

5. The Clarisonic: My holy grail product of all time.  Honestly, this one tool has solved nearly all of my skin woes.  It’s nearly gotten rid of every single red mark left by semi-severe acne in just four weeks, greatly decreased the minor texture issues left by a scar I have near my brow, decreased pore size, and gotten rid of my acne nigh completely (something prescription medications have never been able to do).  Honestly, if you ever buy only one skincare product for the rest of your life, you wouldn’t be better off buying anything else.

However, as the adage goes, prevention is the best treatment, and I highly advocate this.  Work with your dermatologist to hit the causes of these problems before they arise, and you’ll be all the better off for it.

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