How To Get Rid Of Old Acne Scars
Q: I've been trying to find a skin care regimen that suits my kind of skin (somewhat oily). I'm an 22yr old African American male who cares about his complexion.
In middle school and throughout high school, I suffered from mild to moderate acne blemishes that after healing always left a scar. My skin is normally a caramel color, but after an acne blemish, always heals to leave a dark brown scar. Also, my skin is its truer color (before this skin issue arose) near the middle of my face but is darker along my forehead and cheek area.
My acne has pretty much subsided now I guess since I'm beyond that puberty stage but my skin is still sensitive when it comes to exposing it to anything oily. I've tried bleaching creams to heal the scars but they cause me to breakout (defeating its purpose). Even the products which say "doesn't clog pores" still clog.
What else can I use to even out my skin tone so my skin is even, and apparently so despite the various lighting. Though my skin looks much clearer in normal light, in bright white lights (i.e. camera flashes), it looks as though you can see all my old scars beneath my skin.
What should I do?
A: Hi Gary.
Thank you so much for the thorough explanation on your skin history. I can see exactly what you're talking about in the picture of your skin.
Your scars aren't bad at all and you can tell that you have more of a mild case of acne than anything severe.
It's very common but very annoying.
There are 3 issues you need to overcome to get your skin back.
1. Eliminating the oiliness.
2. Preventing new acne from forming.
3. Getting rid of old scars.
4. Evening your skin tone.
With that established, here's what I'd like you to try to start getting your skin back on track.
Google "b vitamins for skin".
- To fix problems 1 and 2 I want you to check out this website. http://www.acne-vitamins.com/
Here you'll find a lot of information about why your skin is oily and how vitamins can really help to eliminate that oil. I use B5 vitamins religiously and they save my skin from being a grease ball. Once the oil is under control I don't get acne either.
- To combat problems 3 and 4 I'd like you to start using NATURAL african black soap that you should be able to get an any african shop near you and if not then online. Also try to get your hands on some organic shea butter.
Use the soap to wash your face twice a day, morning and night, and use the shea to moisturize lightly.
These are all natural products that have healing properties. They destroy the bacteria in the skin and help to lighten old scars.
These three things used together for a few months will help to bring your skin back to life.
I hope this helps and please let me know how your progress is when you start.
P.S. Thank you so much for speaking out on the board. Let your friends know that men are more than welcome to ask questions on here as well. :)