We all know that we shouldn’t pick at a pimple, but it’s such a compulsive habit that few of us can keep ourselves from doing it. Like brushing our teeth after meals, washing off our makeup at night and reading the terms and conditions before agreeing to them, it’s something that we don’t do because the alternative is just easier. However, all these bad habits can have lasting negative side-effects. Here are some tips to prevent acne scarring from occurring.
If You Must Pick…
Squeezing pimples increases inflammation and may even spread the infection. Our hands also carry bacteria that can infect the pore further, so if you absolutely can’t help it, use a soft Q-tip to pop your pimple. Once you’ve done this, apply ice directly to the blemish to reduce inflammation, redness, and bleeding. Then cleanse the area to dry the blemish and minimise bacterial growth. Avoid picking at the scab as this guarantees a nasty scar afterwards.
Scar tissue contains melanocytes – the same pigment cells which darken your skin when you’re tanning, which is why scars are darker than your complexion. Using sunscreen regularly will prevent your acne scars from getting darker if you spend a lot of time in the sun.
Treat Breakouts As They Develop
Your skin won’t scar as much if you can prevent or treat your breakouts as they develop. When you get a bad breakout, ask your skincare provider for any topical treatment that can prevent it or minimise existing inflammation and infection.
Treating Acne Or Constant Breakouts
There are several types of acne treatment available for people prone to breakouts, which can help to prevent acne and scarring. These include customised skin peels, FRAXEL 1550NM Scar Treatments, LED Blue Light Therapy and RF Infini Microneedling treatments. These treatments generally come in courses, and your skincare specialist will offer you washes and cleansers that aren’t aggressive or abrasive on the skin that you can use in between.
So when you feel a new pimple on your chin, don’t immediately rush to the mirror to obsess over it. Clean the area, reduce the swelling and book an appointment at the Victorian Dermal Clinic to receive treatment. Remember to use sunscreen, and try not to pick, scratch or squeeze at it.