Before you learn how to score an even and smooth complexion, let's discuss the difference between acne marks and acne scars. Acne marks are results of pigmentation caused by inflammation. These can be treated with the use of brightening skincare products. Acne scars, on the other hand, are indentations and bumps that are often brought about by severe acne. Exfoliating products will improve the skin texture, but you may need a more aggressive dermatological procedure to make them go away for good.
But if you still want to take matters into your own hands, here's a simple guide that will reduce the appearance of acne marks and acne scars:
1. Go easy on the cleansing.
The last thing you want to happen is to irritate your acne marks. Use a gentle cleanser—preferably one with a low pH—to clear dirt while maintaining your complexion's barrier.
HADA LABO Hydrating Facial Wash, P385, Watsons
2. Take advantage of actives.
INKEY LIST Glycolic Acid Toner, P795, Beauty Bar
3. ...but don't go overboard!
While using actives are vital in creating smooth skin texture, you must not overdo it. For example, applying retinol and glycolic acid products consecutively will over-exfoliate the skin, eventually damaging the barrier. If you want both in your routine, use them alternately. For example, retinol days are M-W-F; glycolic days are T-Th-S. You may let your skin rest on Sunday.
Help your complexion heal faster by massaging a moisturizer that's infused with skin-repairing ingredients like snail mucin, green tea, or Centella Asiatica. These will also strengthen your skin barrier.
A'PIEU Madecassoside Intensive Cream, P995, BeautyMNL
5. Wear sunscreen.
Since your using actives in your evening routine, your skin becomes photo-sensitive. Prevent irritation and further darkening of the acne marks by applying sunscreen every morning.
BELO Sun Expert Tinted Sunscreen, P449.75, Watsons
* This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.