Help Getting Rid of Acne Scars

It's not easy, but it can be done with these expert tips and acne scar treatments

Stop scarring before it starts

Obviously, the best way to prevent acne scars is to not get zits. So check out this acne guide for help in that arena. But, as we know all too well, even the best skin care regimens still let a pimple through the cracks (pores?) every now and then.

When that happens, do not pop it. Popping and picking are surefire ways to get a scar, says Whitney Johnson, Global Education Developer at The International Dermal Institute. It’s tough, but try your best.

Instead of popping that zit, use a spot treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or sulfur (try Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment, $3). These ingredients will help shrink the pimple fast, giving you less time to contemplate popping and creating a scar. You may also want to find a hobby that occupies your hands in the meantime, like knitting. No joke, it’ll keep you from picking.