Why Do My Acne Scars Look Worse Some Days
One of the most disgusting “things” that left acne in our skin.
Sorry for my words.
But Acne scar is like something that.
I, myself have been dealing with acne and acne scars for years.
I know how frustrating it can be to deal with acne and scars.
If you have ever suffered from acne, you know how annoying and painful it can be.
Have you ever noticed that? Some days, you wake up and your scars are barely visible, and you feel confident and beautiful.
But other days, you look in the mirror and your scars are red, inflamed, and noticeable, and you feel like hiding your face from the world.
Why does this happen? Why do my acne scars look worse some days?
But why do acne scars fluctuate in appearance?
And what can we do to make them less noticeable?
In this blog post, I am going to share with you some reasons why your acne scars may look worse on some days, and also I will guide you on how to improve them naturally.
Let’s get started,
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1. You pop your pimples too frequently
I know, Popping pimple is so satisfying,
First and foremost you treat your acne by picking it with your fingers.
But, it is not the way to treat your pimple in the right way.
On the other hand, Popping pimples can make scars worse.
Because it can cause more damage to your skin and increase the risk of infection.
When you pop a pimple, you are breaking the skin barrier and exposing the wound to bacteria, dirt, and oil.
This can lead to inflammation, swelling, and pus, which can make the scar more noticeable and harder to heal.
Popping pimples can also push the bacteria deeper into the skin, causing more breakouts and more scarring.
How to fix it:
First, leave your pimples alone and let them heal naturally.
There are several ways to heal acne using natural ingredients. Such as,
Tea tree oil: You can use tree tea oil as a spot treatment. It can kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce swelling and redness.
Aloe vera: You can apply the fresh gel from an aloe vera leaf to your skin.
It can soothe and calm down your acne.
It also treats your acne by reducing redness and irritation.
Honey: You can use honey on your acne and overall face if you want.
It is an antibacterial and antifungal substance that fights off the bacteria that cause acne.
Keep note that, Honey is not suitable for everyone. It might be allergic to it. So do patch taste before using it.
I am allergic to honey. I can’t use this amazing ingredient on my face. (By the way, my name is Honey, How funny!)
Apple cider vinegar: It is a fantastic acne-treating ingredient.
It contains organic acids, such as citric acid and lactic acid, which can mildly exfoliate your skin, remove dead skin cells, and fade acne scars.
That’s not all.
You can use gentle treatments, such as salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, to help them dry out faster.
And believe me, they are not the “Acid” we symbolize them.
They are like medicine that treats your acne, and acne scars and heals them way faster than anything.
I swear by salicylic acid, I can’t even imagine a cleanser without salicylic acid.
It is just the holy grail for my acne-prone skin.
And don’t worry, according to a study they are safe to use for your skin.
2. You are using the wrong skincare products
One of the reasons why your acne scars may look worse on some days is that you are using the wrong skincare products.
It is one of the worst mistakes you can ever do to your skin.
If you have done this before, probably you paid a huge for it.
I have paid a lot for making this mistake. Then, I researched a lot about ingredients and went to a dermatologist several times.
And from now on, I become a pro at choosing my skincare products.
That’s why I always preferred to to talk about the science behind any skincare products and ingredients on how they work.
Because either skincare products do magic or can destroy your skin in a minute.
Some products may irritate your skin, and cause inflammation.
Other products can dry out your skin, which can make your scars more visible.
So, therefore, be careful about picking your skincare products.
How to fix it:
You can look for products that are suitable for your skin type and condition.
You can also look for products that are labeled as non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, or fragrance-free.
Which means they are less likely to clog your pores, cause allergic reactions, or irritate your skin.
Avoid products that contain ingredients that are too harsh, too drying, or too irritating for your skin, such as alcohol, fragrance, or artificial colors.
These can cause inflammation, peeling, or breakouts, which can worsen your acne scars.
Use products that contain ingredients that can help fade or smooth your acne scars, such as retinoids, salicylic acid, vitamin C, and AHAs.
These ingredients can help clear pores, reduce swelling and redness, exfoliate the skin, regulate skin cell turnover, even out skin tone, boost collagen production, brighten discoloration, and many more.
3. You are being too aggressive to your skin
Sometimes we become so obsessed with our skin that we do not pay attention to what actually doing to our face.
We use too many products, and too many chemicals and end up making our skin horrible, Right?
Don’t be shy. Everyone does this. (including me)
Being harsh to your skin can make acne scars worse by causing more inflammation and damage to the skin.
When you scrub, squeeze, or pick at your acne, you are irritating the skin and breaking the follicle wall.
Some people think that scrubbing, picking, or popping their pimples can help them get rid of them faster, but this can actually make things worse.
When you damage your skin, you create more inflammation, infection, and scarring, which can make your acne scars more noticeable and harder to heal.
How to fix it:
You should treat your skin gently, and avoid touching, squeezing, or scratching your acne.
Don’t be fooled by adding too many steps to your skincare routine.
You just need 3-4 steps. Cleanser! exfoliator! moisturizer! SPF!
Here are simple skincare routines you can follow-
You should also use a gentle cleanser, a mild exfoliator( choose a chemical exfoliator), and a moisturizer that suits your skin type.
These steps can help you keep your skin clean, smooth, and hydrated, and also prevent further scarring
4. Sometimes genetics plays a huge role
Have you noticed that generally people are more likely to develop acne scars than others?
Sometimes you feel; I am doing everything possible to keep my skin healthy and okay.
From doing consistent skincare to following a healthy diet, but still, can’t make it.
Why is my skin freaking out like mad?
The reason is Genetics.
Unfortunately, your genetics can determine how likely you are to develop acne or scars, and how severe they are.
For example, some people may have genes that make their skin produce more or less collagen than normal, or make their collagen more or less prone to scarring.
Some people may also have genes that affect their hormone levels, which can influence their oil production and inflammation.
Hormonal imbalances can trigger acne breakouts and worsen scarring.
Some hormonal conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), can run in families and increase your risk of acne and acne scars.
I have PCOS.
Yes, my genes are not good enough to make my skin crystal clear, glowy, and smooth.
But don’t worry, there are millions of ways to heal your acne scar.
Just follow good lifestyle habits, and eat healthy food.
How to fix it:
Drink lots of water and keep your skincare routine simple and easy.
If you have severe or sensitive issues like PCOS or other stuff, you should consult a doctor.
5. Wearing heavy makeup makes your acne scars worsen
You may feel tempted to cover your acne scars up with makeup, but this could actually make the problem worse.
This is another reason why your acne scars look worse some days.
The relationship between makeup and good skin is not so well for several reasons:
First, makeup can clog your pores and make your skin more oily, which can lead to more acne breakouts.
Second, makeup can irritate your skin and cause inflammation, especially if you have open pimples or wounds.
Third, makeup can make your skin more sensitive to the sun, which can worsen your scars and delay your healing process.
Some makeup products may also have the wrong shade, undertone, or finish for your skin tone, which can make the scars more obvious.
How to fix it:
You don’t have to avoid putting makeup on your skin.
You have to look for products that are non-comedogenic and oil-free.
It means they don’t clog your pores.
Also, look for mineral-based makeup. It contains smaller particles, providing better coverage without looking heavy or cakey.
Additionally, You can use a primer, a concealer, and a foundation that match your skin color and blend well with your skin.
And make sure, not to forget to remove makeup before going to bed otherwise, it will mess up everything.
6. Over-exfoliate can destroy your skin and make acne scars worsen
Over-exfoliation is a common mistake that we make when trying to improve our skin.
Exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores, which can reduce the appearance of acne and fade acne scars.
Exfoliating can help improve your skin texture and tone.
Exfoliation is actually the process of treating acne scars.
Yes, dermatologists use chemical peel which is a type of chemical exfoliator to treat acne scars.
But overdoing it on your skin has exactly the opposite effect.
However, if you exfoliate too often or too harshly, you can damage your skin barrier and cause more problems.
How to fix it:
If you have already done damage caused by over-exfoliation,
You need to stop exfoliating for a while and let your skin heal.
During this time, you should avoid using any harsh or irritating products, such as alcohol, fragrances, or essential oils.
You should also avoid sun exposure, which can further damage the skin and make the scars more noticeable.
Instead, you should use gentle and hydrating products, such as cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreen, that can help restore the skin barrier and soothe the inflammation.
Once your skin has healed, you can resume exfoliating, but you need to do it the right way.
You should choose a product that is suitable for your skin type and condition.
For acne-prone skin, use chemical exfoliants, such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid.
They are usually better than physical exfoliants, such as scrubs or brushes.
Do not use physical ones as they are more abrasive and less effective.
You should also start with a low concentration and frequency, and increase them slowly as your skin tolerates.
Also, you should not exfoliate more than once or twice a week, and should always follow with a moisturizer and sunscreen.
7. Sun can be the worst enemy of your skin
Sun is our friend. Why do we call it the biggest enemies?
Don’t get me wrong
It is not our enemies, It is our skin’s enemies.
If you have acne scars, you might think that getting some sun will help them fade or disappear.
However, this is not true.
Here are ways how sun can damage your skin and your acne scars.
Sun exposure can actually make your acne scars worse by triggering your skin to produce more melanin.
This can make your scars darker and more noticeable, and also delay your healing process.
Sun exposure can also damage your skin’s collagen and elastin, which are important for keeping your skin smooth and firm.
This can lead to larger pores and more scarring in the future.
Moreover, sun exposure can increase inflammation and infection, which can worsen your acne and cause more scarring.
Therefore, it is important to protect your skin from the sun if you have acne scars.
How to fix it:
This is the only way- you have to wear sunscreen to solve your problem.
Use sunscreen every day, even when it’s cloudy or rainy.
Choose a sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 and broad-spectrum protection, which means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
Additionally, you can protect yourself by wearing hats, sunglasses, and clothing that covers your skin when you go outdoors.
8. You are delaying treatment for inflammatory acne
Inflammatory acne is painful. It really hurts.
If you have red, swollen, and painful bumps on your face.
Probably you have inflammatory acne.
It can be caused by bacteria, hormones, stress, or other factors.
If left untreated, inflammatory acne can lead to permanent scarring on your skin.
This is because the inflammation damages the skin tissue and collagen, which are essential for keeping the skin smooth and elastic.
When the skin heals, it may produce too much or too little collagen, resulting in raised or depressed scars.
The longer you wait to treat your inflammatory acne, the more likely you are to develop scars, especially if you pick, pop, or squeeze your acne.
Therefore, it is important to seek treatment for your inflammatory acne as soon as possible.
How to fix it:
You can fix this by consulting a dermatologist, who can prescribe you medications, such as antibiotics, retinoids, or isotretinoin, to reduce the inflammation and prevent new breakouts.
9. Your lifestyle matters the most
Maintaining a “Good or Healthy Lifestyle” can make a huge difference in your skin.
Your lifestyle can have a big impact on your acne and acne scars. Some habits and behaviors can make your acne worse and increase the risk of scarring.
Here are some examples of how a bad lifestyle can affect acne scars:
Stress: Stress can affect your skin in many ways, and none of them are good.
Stress produces the hormone cortisol which can increase oil production and inflammation.
Stress can also affect your mood, your self-esteem, and your confidence, which can make you feel worse about your scars and yourself.
To prevent this, you should try to reduce your stress levels as much as possible and find healthy ways to cope with it.
You can try meditation, yoga, exercise, or hobbies that can relax your mind and body.
You can also talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, a family member, or a therapist, and get the support you need.
Diet: you can eliminate half of your problems through a healthy diet.
Avoid foods that are high in sugar, fat, or dairy, such as cakes, cookies, ice cream, cheese, or butter.
Instead, eat more veggies and fruits that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and water.
Sleep: When you sleep, your skin repairs itself and regenerates new cells.
Sleeping is the best natural process of healing acne and acne scars.
And it is true.
Sleep is the reason why do my acne scars look worse some days.
Whenever I sleep well, my skin looks clear.
Sometimes, my sleep schedule does not catch up with me due to exam pressure.
And always a pimple popped up the next morning.
Sleep can help your scars heal faster and fade away.
However, when you don’t get enough sleep, your skin suffers.
How to fix it:
You should get at least 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep every night, and avoid using your phone, computer, or TV before bed.
So, these are the 9 reasons why your acne scars may look worse on some days, and how to solve them.
I hope you found this helpful and informative, and I hope you can try some of these tips and see the difference.
Remember, your scars do not define you, and you are beautiful no matter what.
Don’t let your scars stop you from living your life and being happy.
You’re not alone, and feel free to reach out if you ever need someone to talk to. Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you in the next post. Bye! 😊