Illustration from AAFP.org
If you have acne, make sure not to touch, poke, or squeeze it. The bacteria from your fingers will transfer onto the pimple and make it worse. Squeezing it will lead to some form of scarring; and there are two main categories according to about.com:
- atrophic: caused by a loss of tissue
- hypertrophic: caused by an excess of tissue
Here are the different types of scars: ice pick, boxcar, rolling and hypertrophic scars.
Illustration from CureAcneHelp.com
Scars are usually accompanied by hyperpigmentation, which will fade overtime.
Visiting a dermatologist will be your best bet if you have acne scars. But if your only problem is hyperpigmentation, I might have the product for you.
Now I say 'maybe' because everyone's skin is different. If you're worried of this product's effectiveness, make sure to ask the store about their return policy before buying it.
My miracle product is Clinique's Even Better Skin Tone Corrector, available at Sephora ($53 CDN) and Clinique at Sears or The Bay.
After a couple of weeks--and believe me, I'm not much for patience--I saw a big change with my skin's texture and complexion.
I have combination/oily skin, which could only mean acne. I found that this product didn't break my skin out, not did it dry my skin. I use it twice a day, just one pump of it, morning and night, before I apply moisturizer and eye cream.
The hyperpigmentation slowly disappeared, and next thing I knew, my sister noticed my skin and asked what makeup I was wearing. I told her I wasn't wearing any!
What this product didn't provide though was a glow to my skin. I would still need to apply some concealer on existing pimples (if any) because there is no acne-fighting ingredient in it. I also found that I'd still need to apply blush/bronzer to add life to my face.
But you know what? I'm happy with it. It did for my skin what it claims to do.
I think I'm going to try Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector next time, and I'll make sure I buy it from across the border because for some reason, there's like a $20 hike here in Canada!