As if the breakout itself wasn’t terrible enough, the scars left behind can last for months or even years. (I’m talking about the puffed, hard bumps or red marks. Those ‘icepick’ scars have a whole different treatment protocol.) I’ve dealt with this sort of thing for years and it completely sucks, but what’s encouraging is that I can see a major improvement when I’m on my game and using things to help my skin heal instead of just waiting for it to get better. This routine changes slightly depending on what I’m into at the moment, but 3 main components are always in place.
When I first discovered using activated charcoal for my skin, it was a complete game changer. I found that when I mixed a capsule of it (the pure form that you can take orally) with my powdered bentonite clay that it gave my mask super powers and eased inflammation and scaring in a way that was immediately visible. Charcoal absorbs 200x its weight in impurities, so it acts as a magnet for pore clogging bacteria and waxy surface oils that get ‘stuck’ in our pores. This deep down exfoliation gets cells moving so that the stagnant, dead ones come to the surface to be washed away instead of sticking around making your skin look dull and lifeless. I’ve been slacking on my routine lately mostly because I’m too tired at night to mix up the messy paste (the powder in the capsules is a jet, midnight black and it makes a total mess not to mention stains washcloths.) Luckily I received this Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask that derma e sent me a while ago and I’ve had great results. It’s aloe based with clay, seaweed, and other nutrients along with the charcoal and grainy exfoliating bits so it purges in a gentle but complete way. The aloe keeps the formula from really hardening so it’s much easier to wipe off and doesn’t leave my skin red the way the pure charcoal can so this might be a better option for sensitive skin types.
If have lingering bumps or red marks, I would check out this scar gel too. It has some hydration to it, but the light gel formula feels more like nothing at all on your skin. Over time, it will lessen the scars- certainly better than if you use nothing at all. They use a base of onion extract with skin calming ingredients like Allantoin and and Vitamin B 5 that also assist in breaking down the scar. I love this gel, I’ll also use it post C Section to keep that scar healthy and keeping it from turning keloid.
An added bonus that I’ve talked about before is using a Dermaroller which improves the skin in all aspects like a laser treatment does. If you have hyperpigmentation or scaring, it will help to break it up and new skin can take its place. It’s such an awesome treatment because it saves hundreds in would-be laser treatments with the same results (if you use it consistently!!)