The Best Ingredients For Acne Scars

Most people with acne scars from blemishes might wonder about natural ingredients that can help improve acne scar appearance. The good news is that certain ingredients help promote cell growth to improve the surface area and even skin tone of the skin, which will also help minimize any leftover marks or blemishes after an acne breakout. The following natural ingredients can improve the appearance of acne scars.


1. Try vitamin C

Many people have used vitamin C for years in the treatment of acne. The powerful antioxidant has been shown to reduce the severity of acne by minimizing redness and swelling. Vitamin C also helps improve the appearance of scars, stimulating collagen and elastin production, which contribute to improved skin tone. Furthermore, vitamin C can help lighten the pigmentation associated with acne lesions.

2. Salicylic acid

A type of beta hydroxy acid (BHA) acid, salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and redness. Salicylic acid can help prevent acne by loosening dead skin cells and allowing new, healthy ones to form. Salicylic acid is available in various over-the-counter (OTC) products, including cleansers, toners, masks, moisturizers, and spot treatments, as well as some prescription medications.

3. Opt for AHAs

Another popular ingredient for acne scars is alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), made up of naturally occurring organic compounds that exfoliate the skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface. Over time, AHAs can help improve unevenness and discoloration, improve cell turnover rate, and reduce scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. The most common AHAs are glycolic and lactic acid.

Not a solution for all

Although many natural ingredients can help improve the look and feel of acne scars, side effects can occur. Vitamin C, glycolic acid, and lactic acid can cause itching and redness. Salicylic acid can cause itching, stinging, peeling skin, and hives. People should watch for allergies and skin sensitivities when choosing ingredients to reduce acne scarring.

More aggressive acne scar treatments

As an alternative to natural treatments, more advanced treatments and procedures can reduce scarring. Chemical peels use a strong acid to remove the top layer of skin and reduce deep scars. Dermabrasion involves a local anesthetic and a fast-rotating device to remove the top skin layer. Other treatment options include microneedling, laser treatment, and red-light therapy.

Treating the skin naturally

Acne scars are unsightly reminders of a past full of deep, painful pimples. While surgery and chemical treatments can remove acne scars, natural treatments are less invasive and can be just as effective, leaving little to no scarring. Many natural ingredients are not just beneficial for fading scarring but can be used to prevent breakouts.


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