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how to fade acne scars for good

how to fade acne scars for good

Often, dealing with a spot is bad enough. But when it comes to the aftermath, it can be too much to bare. From pesky hyper-pigmentation marks to red spots, bold craters and numerous blemishes, acne scars are among the most dreaded skincare issues. Luckily, unless your skin is damaged to the deep layers of the dermis, it is possible for them to fade. Discover our guide on how to fade acne scars for good and uncover a beautifully glowing, resurfaced complexion.

What are acne scars?

Acne scars are blemishes on the skin that have surfaced as a result of inflamed and bacteria-filled pores. Engorged with excess oil and dead skin cells, acne scars happen when a break in the follicle wall results in lesions on the skin.

How to fade acne scars

1. Wear Sunscreen

When it comes to our skin, sun exposure pro-longs the healing process of scars as it stimulates pigment production, ultimately causing them to darken. Who knew? Wearing a broad-spectrum SPF daily prevents the marks from appearing more obvious and aids the reduction of the scars.

2. Exfoliate with AHA and BHA

If you don’t know your AHA from your BHA, swot up. AHA (or alpha-hydroxy acid) such as glycolic and lactic acids are common amongst anti-ageing products whilst BHA (or beta hydroxy acid) refers to salicylic acid. Both AHA and BHA are exfoliants that will promote a more-even skin tone whilst a mixture of the two will help to encourage the rejuvenation of cells.

We recommend using the Murad Age Reform AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser daily for improving cell regeneration and turn over.

3. Pick Vitamin C-loaded Products

Whilst its essential to avoid Vitamin D when banishing those acne scars, Vitamin C or ascorbic acid as its less commonly known, works by fighting inflammation and reducing pigment patches. Working to promote a clear, healthy complexion, this free-radical fighter is available in a plethora of serums and creams. Our favourites are Paula’s Choice Resist Vitamin C Spot Treatment and The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oil.

4. Repair your complexion

When it comes to damaged skin, it’s essential that you allow time for the dermis to heal. Calming, soothing and reparative creams such as Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask is full of high-quality essential oils including rosemary, thyme and lavender to re-balance and purify your skin.

5. Get professional resurfacing facials

In order for your skin to heal properly, it’s important that you rid it of all impurities. Professional resurfacing treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and microdermabrasion can be highly effective in reducing blemishes and acne scars. However, if you are not quite ready to head to a professional, why not try Skin Doctors Powerbrasion System Pack;  an at home kit that gently removes the dull, top layer of skin to reveal a fresh and glowing complexion.