It may seem that acne scars are inevitable; however, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of seeing scars when the acne clears.
Dermatologists recommend the following steps for self-care of acne scars.
Treat the acne
The fewer breakouts you have, the less likely you are to develop acne scars.
Treating acne is especially important to prevent scarring if you have any of the following.
Severe (painful cysts and nodules) acne: This type of acne is more likely to leave a scar as it clears.
Acne that began at a young age: People who develop acne in their preteens often develop severe acne within a few years. Dermatologists recommend that a preteen who has acne receive a dermatologic exam. Treating the acne before it becomes severe has benefits, including less risk of developing acne scars.
Blood relatives who have acne scars: The tendency to develop acne scars often runs in the family.
No results with acne treatments that you can buy without a prescription: A dermatologist can help you find an effective treatment for your acne.
When acne clears, continue treatment
To keep your skin blemish-free, dermatologists recommend continuing acne treatment. Most people can taper their treatment so that they use one product a few times per week.
A dermatologist can tell you when you can stop treating your skin.
Avoid picking, squeezing, and popping
Picking, popping, and squeezing can turn a minor breakout into a major problem—a permanent acne scar.
Practice gentle skincare
When acne flares, many people scrub their skin clean. Scrubbing your skin tends to worsen acne. The worse acne gets, the greater your chance of seeing permanent scars when the acne clears.