1 Understanding causes and risk factors of acne scarring.
Picking, popping or squeezing a pimple can cause further breakouts and permanent acne scars. The fewer breakouts you have, the less likely you are to develop acne scars. Treating acne is important to prevent scarring, especially with any of the following:
2 Avoid touching your face.
Dirt and bacteria on your hands can clog your pores and cause acne if you touch your face too much. If you feel irritation due to acne, use a gentle, oil-free daily facial wipe to remove excess dirt and reduce irritation. Resist the temptation to touch our pick at your face.
Keep your hands clean by frequently washing them or using a hand sanitizer on the go.
Do not squeeze or pop your blemishes. This increases the risk of developing scars. In some cases, squeezing a pimple may spread the bacteria even further.
Do not cover blemishes with your hair. Keep your hair away from your face with ponytails, headbands or hair clips.
Dermatologists also recommend that you wash your hair regularly if it is oily. The oil can transfer to your forehead and face and lead to breakouts.
3 Avoid too much sun exposure. Moderate sun exposure is beneficial to your immune system. It helps your body produce vitamin D. But, acne scars that are exposed to excessive ultraviolet radiation from the sun often become permanent.
4. Excess exposure to sunlight may also cause sunspots, known as solar lentigines. Sunspots begin forming beneath the layers of the skin and cause small dark spots on the surface of your skin as you age.
To protect your skin from sun damage, use a sunscreen with a minimum SPF (sun protection factor) of 30.
Some chemicals in sunscreens may cause allergies. You may want to consult with a dermatologist to find the sunscreen that’s right for you.