The Best Serums And Treatments For Clearing Acne Scars
amanda linette meder
Sensitive skin reacts to many ingredients.
With the increasing number of ingredients out there on the market, most are reactive to the skin biome, even in the organic sector.
When an ingredient in a skincare product reacts with the skin, it can cause acne, rosacea, eczema, or redness.
And when skin erupts like this, it can create wounds which may manifest as whiteheads, cysts or even blister-like blemishes. These blemishes can leave red scars or dark marks on the skin, which will eventually fade on their own in time.
However, there are products out there you can use to speed up the healing of acne scars, which won't irritate the skin any further.
As someone with a sensitive oily-skin type, I'm very familiar with these sorts of skin situations.
I've tested many different products to fade the red marks of blemishes and here are a few of my favorites -
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum
This is the first serum I used for healing red marks, and I got rid of a full face of acne scars in less than three months using a single bottle.
This serum includes Konjac Root, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Ferulic and Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomile Extract, and Clary Sage. Because of the Hyaluronic Acid in this serum, it also works as a moisturizer, especially during the summer months when the environment is also very humid.
I like to use this serum in the morning, under my sunscreen.
It's available on Amazon for a pretty nice price right now, and that's where I purchased it last - so click here to purchase Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum.
This is a water-based treatment, so it’s great for summer, humid environments, oily skin, all over moisturizer, and spot treatments.
Evan Healy Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum (Rose and Blue)
Evan Healy makes two types of Rosehip Serums which are oil based. I first found out about it at my local health food store where it was touted as the best for this reason. Rosehip has tons of Vitamin A, which encourages cell turnover.
One is called "Rose" and the other is called "Blue."
Both serums incorporate Rosehip Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Lavender Flower Oil, Carrot Seed Essential Oil, Immortelle Flower Oil, and Vitamin E. Lavender calms the skin, Carrot Seed also encourages cellular healing. Immortelle, also known as Helichrysum italicum, is thought to stimulate tissue changes.
The difference between the two is that the Rose contains the addition of Rose Geranium Oil, which is best for dry skin. The Blue contains Blue Chamomile Flower Oil, which is best for sensitive and delicate skin. Both incorporate many skin rejuvenating ingredients to treat acne scars.
I like to use this serum at night to spot treat when the skin in its most absorptive state.
This is an oil-based treatment, so it’s great for winter, dry environments, dry skin, all over moisture, and spot treatment.
Paula's Choice 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment
(now called the C25 Super Booster)
This is paste-based spot treatment you can use on red marks and dark spots, such as those created by acne scars or the sun.
It's best for those who prefer a more paste-like consistency for their treatments, and a specific amount of active ingredient they can count on. I like it because it stays where you put it, so you know you've covered your spot. A little goes a long way, and because of this, even the trial size tube lasts a very long time!
Paula's choice makes an excellent BHA Serum, which I also love. It's available on Amazon, click here to purchase Paula's Choice 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment or find it on the Paula's Choice Website. And sometimes, you can get the trial size of this as a free gift when Paula's Choice has sales.
This is a paste-based treatment, so it’s best for spot treatment only.
Any Serum with Niacinamide
I have a personally blended treatment from Curology.
I use it at night, and it includes Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3 or Niacin. Curology is a company which personally blends evening skincare treatments to your specific needs. I’ve been purchasing their products for a year and if you’re interested, here's the link to get a free trial of Curology.
However, outside of a personally blended bottle of formula, there are lots of formulas that include this ingredient, even moisturizers.
Vitamin B3 helps to catalyze cellular reactions in the body and therefore can promote or speed healing, improve skin texture from damage, and smooth the surface of the skin.
When choosing a serum with Niacinamide, before putting it on your face, I suggest also running the ingredients through a skincare tester such as CosDNA.com. This will allow you to see if any of the other ingredients in the product are known acne-causes.
Believe it or not, many skincare products actually contain acne-causing ingredients - you may even be inspired to run everything you put on your face through this tester.
On CosDNA.com, anything with an acne rating less than 3 is likely OK for your skin, but a blank rating is best. There's no zero rating, so if you don't see a number under the acne column, it means this ingredient is 100% safe for acne prone skin.
After that, a good sunscreen can help prevent the darkening of any scars you already have.
If you have acne or are currently recovering from breakouts, aside from products, emotions and diet can contribute to inflammation in the body, hormone changes, and thus, breakouts.
To prevent and mitigate a future breakout and thus scars, here are a few things I also recommend:
Emotional mood swings, and especially those of sorrow, sadness, or high energy feelings, can contribute to inflammation in the body and therefore contribute to acne spots. Being the emotional one in my family, I’m here to tell you, you can balance your mood swings with practice.
You can do this by:
Using relaxing essential oils such as Lavender and Lavender Blends
CBD supplements (here's a brand I like)
Positive thought pivoting to improve your overall outlook
Pivoting to positive thought is what the Law of Attraction process is all about. If you're new to the process, I recommend starting with the book, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent: Living the Art of Allowing.
For essential oils, I tend to use Young Living Oils although I also like Plant Therapy Oils, there are many nice brands out there though. When selecting an essential brand, I suggest using 100% pure therapeutic grade oils, as not all essential oils are pure.
Changing your caffeine intake, spacing meals more adequately to balance the blood sugar, or adjusting type or amount of dairy you take in can reduce breakouts.
I've found that personally when I drink less coffee with cream, my skin becomes clearer. Everyone has different sensitivities, just make sure to pay attention to yours once you identify them.
Finally, after reducing breakouts through emotional management and diet changes, you can also prevent acne scarring by reducing the amount of picking and squeezing that's focused on a breakout.
I've found that it's most tempting to pick at whiteheads and cysts, because, you naturally want to pull out the infection.
Thankfully, you can pull out the infection of a wound gently using hydrocolloid bandages, too. Through suction action, these bandages, typically used for hiking blisters, can be cut to size and used on acne spots to pull out the infection without any bruising to the skin.
I like to cut up bandages like these Band-Aids from on Amazon to size, put them on the wound overnight. Within 1-3 nights, depending on the size of the wound, the blemish is gone - with either no to minimal bruising.
They do make acne-specific hydrocolloid bandages, however I’ve found the regular non-acne specific hydrocolloid bandages stick to the skin better and are more cost effective.
Overall, these are the tools and supplies I've found to be extremely helpful in any sensitive skin, acne-prone care routine.
If you’re still having acne after all this, I also recommend going through your entire skincare and removing and replacing any products that contain irritants - I show you how to do this in this post about how to tell if a product is going to irritate your skin.
Even with these tools, a healthier diet for your constitution and better emotional management, acne may still pop up. Not to worry, because when it does, you'll now know what tools you can use to easily restore harmony to your skin.
Amanda Linette Meder
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