How to get rid of acne scars, part one: Prevention
- Erythema (aka inflammation)
- AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), often glycolic or lactic acid, best for dry skin
- Salicylic acid (aka BHA, but not technically not a BHA), best for oily skin
- Hydroquinone (for more info, check out this post by Lab Muffin: http://bit.ly/1noKR5D )
- Kojic acid
- IPL (laser treatment, Intense Pulsed Light—not a resurfacing tx)
- Laser resurfacing (more invasive than IPL, has downtime)
- "Deep chemical peel", for example a 50% TCA peel, or phenol peel
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RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA - Regular price $32.00 - http://bit.ly/1qYLVxi ("Medium strength")
Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant - Regular price $23.00 - http://bit.ly/1gzCAcj ("Low strength")
RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid - Regular price: $28.00 - http://bit.ly/NxYcM5 ("Low strength")
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This is my favorite PC sunscreen: Hydralight Shine-Free SPF 30 - Regular price $24.00 - http://bit.ly/16qTQNh
This is a slightly tinted, totally matte sunscreen: RESIST Super-Light SPF 30 - Regular price $27.00 - http://bit.ly/138rOl2
This is a tinted moisturizer I tried recently and really like, with the same SPF rating as the sunscreens: Barely There Sheer Matte Tint SPF 30 - Regular price $17.00 - http://bit.ly/1eFurWT
All of those sunscreens are "mineral" actives, which means they are best for inflamed/irritated skin (over "chemical", aka synthetic sunscreen actives).
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I unfortunately do not have a pre-made scrub recommendation at this time. I'm doing research, and I will update this section and post on facebook if I find one I like. I always recommend rice powder and jojoba beads in general, so you can experiment with those (mixing them with your cleanser).
I cannot recommend dermarollers at this time. Interesting idea, not enough information/studies. Use at your own risk.
My sunscreen videos:
Sunscreen basics: how much to apply, when to apply, and when to reapply
Finding sunscreen for sensitive skin
Do you really need to wear sunscreen indoors?
Paula's Choice Antioxidant Serums Overview and Reviews
Paula's Choice Sunscreens: Overview and individual reviews
I didn't mention using high strength retinol in the video, because in my experience, it is not as effective for textural, "pit" scarring on its own, and can be problematic to combine with microderm type treatments. You can use low strength retinols with the protocol I described as tolerated, but I don't recommend using something like Retin A as the primary tx for scarring. Personal preference.