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Zits - Zit Scar Removal - Popping a Pimple

Author J. Davis. Published on May 30, 2011 - 1:51 am (1977 views — 621 words)

A zit is a kind of acne, caused when excess oil gets trapped in the pores. Zits can be treated by various acne medications prescribed by a dermatologist, or purchased at a drug store with a wide variety of treatments.

Zit Scar Removal
Scars from Zits are like getting punished twice. First you had to deal with the pimples, now you have scars as a reminder.

It helps to understand the different kinds of zits so you can figure out what to do about different types of scars: zits or pimples happen when the hair follicles (or "pores") on the skin become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. A plugged follicle is a place where bacteria grows and creates the red bumps and pus-filled red bumps known as pimples or zits.

Zits come in different forms:
Mild: refers to the whiteheads or blackheads that most of us get at various times
Moderate: includes red inflamed pimples called papules and red pimples with white centers calledpustules
Severe: which causes nodules painful, pus-filled cysts or lumps to appear under the skin

Serious scarring is caused by the more severe forms, with nodules more likely to leave permanent scars than other types of acne.

Treating Zit Scars
Most zits fade in time with no scarring. Picking or squeezing zits can increase the risk for scarring, though.

Zit scars take two forms:
Scars with a gradual dip or depression (sometimes called "rolling" scars), and scars that are deep and narrow.

A person's acne needs to be under control before scars can be treated.

Mild vs. Severe Scarring
Treatments depend on how severe the scars are. In some cases, a doctor or dermatologist may suggest a chemical peel or microdermabrasion to help improve the appearance of scarred areas. These milder treatments can be done right in the office.

If you have severe scarring from zits, there are several things you can do:
Laser resurfacing. This procedure can be done in the doctor's office. The laser removes the damaged top layer of skin and tightens the middle layer, leaving skin smoother. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour. The doctor will try to lessen any pain by first numbing the skin with local anesthesia. It usually takes between 3 and 10 days for the skin to heal completely.

Dermabrasion. This treatment uses a rotating wire brush or spinning diamond instrument to wear down the surface of the skin. As the skin heals, a new, smoother layer replaces the abraded skin. It may take a bit longer for skin to heal using dermabrasion usually between 10 days and 3 weeks.

Fractional laser therapy. This type of treatment works at a deeper level than laser resurfacing or dermabrasion, Because fractional laser therapy doesn't wound the top layer of tissue, healing time is shorter. Someone who has had this type of treatment may just look a bit sunburned for a couple of days.

For "rolling" scars, doctors sometimes inject material under the scar to raise it to the level of normal skin. Finally, in some cases, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove deeply indented scars.

One thing you shouldn't do to deal with acne scars is load up your face with masks or fancy lotions these won't help and may irritate your skin further, making the scars red and even more noticeable.

If you have a red or brownish mark on your face that you got from a bad zit, it should eventually fade, just like the scars on your knees from falling off your bike as a kid. However, it may take 12 months or longer. So your best bet is to avoid these kinds of marks by not squeezing or popping zits.