It can be difficult to suffer from both acne and acne scars. Ideally, you should be able to address both issues at the same time. Unfortunately, most of the methods of acne scar removal can cause more acne. However, a great technique to remove acne scars and fight acne is the age-old method of exfoliation.

The more common methods for pimple, blackhead, and whitehead removal focus on topical formulas. These normally cleanse the dirt from the pores, kill germs, and remove any excess oil. Unfortunately, these topical remedies will often dry out skin while getting rid of acne.

Acne scars, like most scars, have to be conditioned in order to become lighter and reduce in appearance until they go away. The way topical acne treatments dry out the skin can actually make scars more severe. Scars need to be naturally moisturized in order to stay soft. However, moisturizers will often clog pores and cause your acne to worsen.

This is why exfoliation is a preferred method to treat both issues simultaneously and to achieve acne scar removal. Exfoliation breaks down or peels away the upper layers of your skin. These layers of skin are predominately composed of older, dead skin. Dead skin cells combine with oil and dirt. This clogs your pores and causes acne. Exfoliation also scrubs the material from the pores, removing the clog that is causing your breakout. This will eliminate not only basic blackheads and whiteheads, but it will prevent more aggressive acne.

This outer layer of skin is where you older, upper levels of scar tissue are found. If your goal is to remove your acne scars, you need to remove this older skin to promote new skin growth. This will eliminate the discolored and touch skin that makes your scars so noticeable. Exfoliation will literally break down the older scar tissue at a microscopic level, making way for new skin growth. Also, the rubbing motion from exfoliation will increase blood flow to the scar to promote more new skin growth.

You can use many over the counter treatments for exfoliation. These products normally contain a "grit" ingredient which scrubs the skin. There are also chemical treatments that exfoliate by peeling away the surface of the skin.

You can also get these results naturally. Using a coarse wash cloth, you can scrub your skin to exfoliate it. There are home made recipes available which you can use to scrub your skin, as well as condition it.

There is hope if you have been suffering from both acne and acne scars. You will no longer have to choose to treat your acne or your scars. Exfoliation will help you achieve clear skin that is free of acne and scars.