5 Common misconceptions about treating acne scars

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2023-04-18 05:30 AM | By Tamira Scientific Committee
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5 Common misconceptions about treating acne scars

When it comes to acne scars, there's a lot of misinformation out there. From the use of lemon juice and toothpaste to supplements and alternative treatments, it can be hard to know what works and what doesn't. In this guide, we'll look at some of the most common misconceptions about treating acne scars and debunk them once and for all.

Myth 1: Lemon Juice is an Effective Treatment for Acne Scars

Lemon juice is often touted as a magic bullet for acne scars, but unfortunately, that's not the case. The acidic nature of lemon juice might be able to help lighten dark spots left behind by acne, but it won't do anything to actually treat the scars themselves. In fact, over-use of lemon juice can even worsen scarring, as it can irritate and damage sensitive skin.


Myth 2: Tanning will Fade Acne Scars

Tanning may provide temporary relief from the appearance of acne scars, but it's not a recommended treatment for them. Excessive UV exposure can increase scarring by damaging delicate skin cells and making existing scars darker. Tanning also increases your risk of developing skin cancer and other health complications in the long run.


Myth 3:  Supplements Can Cure Acne Scarring

Certain supplements are often claimed to reduce acne scarring, such as vitamin E or fish oil. However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that these supplements work for treating acne scars. Furthermore, taking pills without being monitored by a doctor can be dangerous and may lead to serious side effects if taken in high doses.


Myth 4: Alternative Treatments are Effective Against Acne Scarring 

Alternative treatments like herbal creams, acupuncture, and essential oils have all been touted for their ability to reduce acne scarring, yet there is no scientific evidence to support these claims. Furthermore, some of these treatments can be dangerous if misused, so it's essential to speak with a dermatologist before embarking on any alternative treatments.


Myth 5: Toothpaste is an Effective Acne Scar Treatment

Toothpaste may clean your teeth, but it won't do much for acne scars. The ingredients in toothpaste can be harsh and irritating when applied topically, which can further aggravate the area and increase scarring. It's also important to note that many toothpastes contain whitening agents, which may lighten dark spots left behind by acne but will not actually treat the scars themselves. 

Eradicate Unwanted Acne Scars With These Proven Treatments

The success of scar treatment varies not only depending on the type and severity of the mark, but also based on your age, racial background, genetic history, and sex. Various approaches can be utilized to reduce or eliminate such blemishes; however, effectiveness is heavily reliant upon these other factors as well. 

Dermatologists can help you decide which treatment option is best for your specific case. There are a few common treatments to consider, such as: 


  1. Chemical Peels - A blend of chemicals is used to strip away the top layers of skin, which helps reduce the appearance and pigmentation of scars. 
  2. Laser Skin Resurfacing - This advanced procedure utilizes intense light energy to break up scar tissue and stimulate collagen production, resulting in a smoother texture and tone for the skin. 
  3. Microdermabrasion - Tiny crystals are utilized to polish away surface-level scars, leaving behind healthier-looking skin with improved circulation. 
  4. Fillers and Collagen Injections - Small amounts of fillers or collagen can be injected into targeted areas to plump them up and smooth out any irregularities in texture. 
  5. Topical Ointments and Lotions - Daily applications of specialized lotions and ointments can help reduce the visibility of scarring as well as reduce itching, swelling, redness, and inflammation.

All treatments come with their own set of risks and side effects; therefore, it is important to talk to a medical professional about what approach would be best for you. With the right combination of treatments and some patience, it is possible for even deep scars to become significantly less noticeable or even disappear entirely! 

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