Skin Barrier 101
Breakups are never a simple matter, and our relationship with acne is no exception. Just as we have all kinds of emotional scars to sort out in our hearts after saying our farewells, we also have to deal with the physical scars left over after finally giving acne the boot: PIH, PIE, and acne scars.
But also just like any other breakup, you have your emotional support group to help you through this difficult time. That’s where KraveBeauty comes in— to help you deal with the scars left behind by the acne in your life.
In this article, we’ll give you the break down of the different types of acne aftermath we often deal with, how you can treat them, and what you can do to prevent them from showing up in the first place. This is the last hurdle of your acne battle, but we need to put in just as much care and attention to our skin as we did when dealing with our active acne.
Let’s get over this breakup once and for all.
The pain resulting from acne inflammation was one thing, but now we have to deal with the awful aftermath of that inflammation: discoloration and scarring. (When does the suffering end...)
How do I tell the difference between PIH and PIE?
In order to begin treating these skin concerns, we first need to differentiate PIH and PIE from each other. From there, we’ll be able to form our plan of action for each distinct type of discoloration. Here’s a test to help you distinguish these two from each other:
“The Pressure Test”
How to Treat the Acne Aftermath
First thing firsts, please take a moment to understand that this process will take time. Just like with acne, there won’t be any magical product or skincare routine that will get rid of discoloration and scarring overnight. Be patient with your skin, and the results will follow.
Apply sunscreen! Every single day. Period.
Sunscreen is our best friend in many ways, and ESPECIALLY so when it comes to treating and preventing hyperpigmentation. UV radiation affects how pigment appears on our skin, effectively making us more prone to hyperpigmentation and prolonging the healing process even more.
Fading hyperpigmentation already takes so long, so why make things more difficult? Protect yourself from the UV rays by applying your sunscreen, avoiding mid-day sun exposure, and put on that anti-UV gear.
How to Prevent Them
Maintaining a healthy skin barrier
Your skin barrier is your own personal bodyguard who’s in charge of keeping the good stuff in, and the bad stuff out. When your skin barrier is fed and treated with tender love and care, you can count on it to do its job to keep the bad bacteria out and skin inflammation to a minimum. As a result, your skin’s discoloration and scarring will heal even faster.
Don’t pick your acne
The severity of your post-acne scars is largely dependent on the intensity of your skin inflammation. When you pick your acne, you’re basically creating more chances for bad bacteria to enter your skin and cause more irritation and infection. The more bacteria inhabiting your skin, the deeper and longer your scars will be staying.