So you just recovered from an acne breakout, but now you’re left with remnants of acne scars. And then ?
Acne scars don’t necessarily mean you did something wrong while waiting for your acne to go away – acne scars can occur on all skin types and sometimes are just unavoidable. As acne heals, fibroblasts in the dermis of the skin produce collagen fibers to support the skin. However, when these fibroblasts produce too much or too little of these fibers, scars are formed. It’s a common problem for acne sufferers, leaving many people struggling with residual scarring after a breakout.
Unfortunately, every spot has the potential to leave a scar, but acne scars can be treated.
As acne scars appear under the top layer of your skin, vitamins provide the opportunity to heal scars from within. However, when it comes to acne scars, not all vitamins are created equal. Here are three of the most effective vitamins for preventing and fading acne scars.
Vitamin C Vitamin C is often recommended for acne sufferers trying to get rid of their pimples, but did you know it also helps prevent and heal acne scars?
Vitamin C forms additional bonds between the collagen fibers created during acne healing, which strengthens the dermis. As it helps your skin produce collagen, vitamin C also develops new blood vessels to help transport nutrients to wounds for faster and better healing.
Unfortunately, your body does not produce vitamin C on its own – you must get it through diet or supplements. However, once this vitamin is in your body, it is able to work wonders for your skin.
Vitamin C helps treat acne scars under the skin and on the surface. Your skin’s epidermis – its top layer – contains high levels of vitamin C, which plays a vital role in protecting it and producing new skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of vitamin C also help reduce redness and swelling.
Speaking of anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals, zinc, an essential mineral, is both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for reducing both redness and swelling. (However
Zinc is helpful in fighting acne. Research has shown that people with severe acne breakouts tend to be zinc deficient. And zinc also helps heal scars left by a particularly severe acne breakout. As an antioxidant, zinc reduces your skin’s inflammatory response to dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, helping your pores stay clear. Zinc also helps your body’s proteins convert vitamin A — another powerful acne-fighting and healing vitamin — into retinol. Retinol helps repair lesions and scars by stimulating collagen growth and accelerating cell turnover.
Zinc is one of the most researched vitamins and minerals for acne treatment for a reason.
Research has shown that zinc supplementation reduces both bacterial and inflammatory forms of acne and unlike some acne treatments, zinc is safe for dark, sensitive skin.
Vitamin A is often recommended for acne sufferers, and there’s a reason for that: when it comes to acne and acne scarring, you won’t find a more helpful vitamin.
Vitamin A is an antioxidant that prevents cell damage caused by free radicals. As an antioxidant, it decreases skin inflammation and oil production, promotes skin cell growth for faster healing of lesions and scars, and makes your skin look smoother and more even.
Vitamin A helps form new blood vessels and connective tissue, making it crucial for proper wound healing. Studies have shown that vitamin A deficiencies are linked to inflamed skin and a decreased ability of the skin to renew its top layer, making it harder for scars to heal.
That’s not all. Vitamin A binds to your retinoic acid receptors to renew damaged capillaries and skin fibroblasts, promoting faster and better healing of scars
. A valuable addition to your supplement routine indeed.
Acne can be debilitating, leaving people with anxiety and severely impaired self-esteem. That’s why it’s so important to focus not only on healing the acne itself, but also on repairing any scars it may leave behind. Combined with a good topical skincare regimen, vitamins have an important role to play in healing acne scars, promoting good skin health from the inside out.
Everyone’s skin is different. There’s no one answer for acne scars, and the vitamins that work wonders for one person’s skin may have no effect on another’s. However, research and evidence shows us that vitamin C, vitamin A and zinc have a positive role to play in fading and healing acne scars, leaving you with smoother skin, healthier and more of confidence.
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