Mederma® Skin Care for Acne Scars

And while some people may be lucky enough to leave acne in the past, there's always a chance that you were left with permanent reminders for everyone to see.

  • Causes
  • Acne
  • Acne

Simple cause. Big problem.

Basically, when suffering from acne, the body rushes white blood cells and an array of inflammatory molecules to fight infection and repair the damage. Though this response is effective, it can lead to the formation of fibrous scar tissue.

Prevention is the best medicine

Everyone heals, and scars, differently, making it tough to predict who will scar, how extensive or deep scars will be, and what they will look like. However, there are a few simple steps you can take to stack the deck in your favor:

  • Treat acne early in its course and for as long as you need. The more that inflammation can be prevented or moderated, the more likely it is that scars can be prevented.
  • See a dermatologist sooner rather than later.
  • Protect yourself from the sun, as it can cause more skin damage.
  • Avoid picking at your scabs. They form to protect the healing process that is going on underneath them. Pulling a scab off before it naturally falls off interferes with the healing and remodeling process, prolonging the time that post-inflammatory changes will be visible.

A problem that could fade away

Acne can be very serious. And for some, it doesn't always go away—leaving behind an emotional burden other people may not understand. Fortunately, for many people, precautionary steps can prevent acne from getting too serious, resulting in scars. But when acne does leave a more lasting impression, there are things that can help.

Treatments vary

A number of treatments are available for acne scars ranging from over-the-counter products to dermatological surgery. You should choose what is best for your skin type, the severity of your scars, the cost of treatment, and what you hope to accomplish. And you should know that regardless of the treatment you choose, nothing can make acne scars disappear completely.

For many people, Mederma® has helped reduce the appearance of acne scars. It's the #1 doctor- and pharmacist-recommended brand for scars in the United States.

For additional information:

  1. "Acne Scarring" AcneNet 2008. American Academy of Dermatology 2/20/09
  2. "Acne Vulgaris - Prevention" WebMD 3/01/07. Healthwise 2/19/09
  3. Jan Nissl, RN, BS “How a scrape heals” WebMD 6/10/08. 2/19/09

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