Acne is a common skin condition that usually occurs in puberty, but can also affect older individuals. The presence of the acne can affect one’s self esteem. This is particularly if the acne affects large areas of the face. There are various methods that can be used to treat the acne, and in many cases one is left with clear skin. However, a significant proportion of acne sufferers end up having to deal with acne scars afterwards.
How Acne Causes Scars
Acne is basically an infection of the cells that produce oil in the skin in order to keep it smooth and supple. It is common in puberty because these cells become more active due to the hormonal changes that occur during puberty. These cells are concentrated along the T-zone of the face, which includes the forehead and the bridge of the nose. It can also occur on the cheeks and neck as well.
Once infected, a pimple forms on the skin since the oil produced by the cells is blocked from reaching the skin surface due to debris blocking the cell’s outlet. As the pimple grows larger, they can pop by themselves or one can do so by themselves. The result is a break in the skin which heals with scar formation. Depending on the degree of acne, this can happen several times, resulting in repeated scar formation on multiple areas of the face. Once the acne resolves, the scars might heal if they were minimal and very light, but in many cases persist.
The Role of Skin Bleaching
When acne scars persist, skin bleaching is one of the methods one can use to help clear the face. Scars are most commonly the result of accumulation of too many melanocytes at the site of healing. As a result, a lot of melanin is formed in a localized location, resulting in a scar. Reducing the number of melanocytes or restricting production of melanin is a straightforward way of reducing these scars, and this is what skin bleaching agents do.
The effectiveness of acne scar removal using skin bleaching depends on the quality of the agent used, as well as how it’s used. Consistent use results in faster resolution of the scars. You should also consider using bleaching agents that have other compounds that are beneficial to the skin. Rather than containing only the bleaching agent, a product that has other ingredients such as vitamin C and Vitamin E will help in healing the skin and keeping it smooth and supple. This could result in faster resolution of the scars as well. This is why the use of high quality, tested bleaching agents is recommended for acne scar removal.
While using skin bleaching agents to remove acne scars, active acne (if present) should also be treated. This usually requires the use of several methods together including over the counter anti-acne products, keeping your skin clean so that pores remain open, diet modification and even exercise. Either way, using a skin bleaching agent is an excellent and safe method of removing acne scars as long as you use high quality agents.