Just as a war has a post-war effect (on the completion of the war), acne healing is not the end of the story. It is the beginning of a new series of efforts to control the scars, and if possible, to obliterate it totally. It is the reformation and rehabilitation process for that particular patch of the skin.
Many people recoup the original health of the skin, without any permanent effects. But many have to suffer disfiguring scars. Topical skincare products and medications can work to some extent, but more efforts and ways and means will be required to find a lasting solution. A combination of surgical procedures and skin resurfacing has to play their part here. There are no other shortcuts or options to it howsoever.
The hyperpigmented mark on the skin, when the acne lesion is healed, should not be mistaken as a scar. At this stage, the natural healing process has taken over, a post-inflammatory change. The result may not be immediate, nature is always slow, it goes placidly. The time frame for the scar-vanishing trick, maybe anything between 6 to 12 months. If, even then the skin reverts to its original color, take it that you are going to be gifted with a permanent scar, and think of redrawing the plans for its permanent removal, in consultation with a dermatologist.
There are certain practices and medicines that can come in to play to expedite the healing process of the scar:
1. Wearing a good sunscreen is of utmost importance. Exposure to the sun causes damage to the skin and lengthens the process of healing.
2. Skin’s remodeling process is amenable to certain tried and tested medicines. They heal up the post-inflammatory changes. One tested medicine is Tretinoin (Retin A-Renova, Avita).
3. Do not pick scabs under any circumstances. By doing so, you are rendering a disservice to your own skin. You are interfering with the healing process of nature. By doing so, you are prolonging your own recovery.
Be realistic about the results. Do not try to achieve the impossible. Such efforts may cause more damage to the skin. No single treatment is right for everyone and your dermatologist knows what is best for you. Remember, treatment is addressed on a case-to-case basis.
No doubt, it is double punishment. Firstly to undergo the pains of recovery from acne and then to be the owner of a scar. Scars are there to remind you constantly and provide a questioning room for others. In the ultimate analysis, let the advice and wish of the dermatologist prevail.