The pimples may have gone but unfortunately, they tend to leave marks and scars on your skin. Don't panic or be disappointed yet because there is still hope. You just have to be label-savvy and keen with the products you put on your face: Look for certain ingredients with the ability to fade hyperpigmentation or even out texture. Below is the ultimate guide you would need when you start shopping!
But before we head on to the good stuff, just a few reminders:
- Of course, the results take time to take effect so you must be patient and consistent.
- You should never skip sunscreen. When bare skin is exposed to UV rays, it becomes prone to pigmentation.
- You must always moisturize the face to repair the barrier.
- Deep acne scars would have to be addressed by in-clinic procedures. The products suggested here may only serve as support for the professional treatments you'll be getting.
- It's always better to ask a dermatologist for products and treatments that are tailor-fit for your skin condition.
Now that you know the S.O.P.s, here are the ingredients that can help fade acne marks and scars.
AHA and BHA
Exfoliating acids are amazing components that can help even out pigmentation and texture. These aid in skin resurfacing so you can clear the breakouts and the marks they leave behind. Look for the following in the label: Glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid.
SNAILWHITE Glow Potion AHA-BHA Toner, P395/150ml, Watsons
When you need a glow job, you have to add a vitamin C-infused serum to your routine. This antioxidant possesses amazing brightening and collagen-boosting abilities. Because of these attributes, it can reduce the appearance of dark spots and scars.
Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic, P1,050/100ml, Lazada
You guys, if you have acne-prone skin and you haven't tried niacinamide (or vitamin B3), you're missing out on a lot! This magical ingredient and prevent and treat breakouts and fade acne marks. It can soothe inflammation and restore oil-moisture balance, plus reduce the appearance of large pore size and fine lines.
The Inkey List Niacinamide, P650, Beauty Bar
My oh my, what else can retinol not do? This winning ingredient can help solve almost all your skincare concerns. If you're suffering from acne, most dermatologists advise that you use a retinol-infused topical cream or serum to help treat breakouts and prevent scars and marks. It can also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What's there not to love? (Tip: If you need a stronger formula like Differin, you can get a prescription from your dermatologist.)
Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Moisturiser Fragrance-Free, P1,999/50g, Watsons
Centella Asiatica or Cica
If your skin couldn't tolerate exfoliating acids or retinol, you can try Centella Asiatica, aka a godsend for those with sensitive skin. This can help heal and soothe any sort of inflammation—which is why it's recommended for those who suffer from maskne. As it treats acne, it can help prevent marks and scarring.
COSRx Pure Fit Cica Serum, P1,140, Watsons
Another skin-repairing contender, you can be sure that snail mucin can help accelerate your complexion's healing process. This is often marketed as the best ingredient to repair a weak skin barrier, fade dark spots, and treat pimples. People swear by it's super gentle and won't dry your skin out.
Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule, P800/30ml, Go Bloom and Glow
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.