Skin savers: Products that will kick acne scars to the curb
Products to banish acne scarring
You come home to find an angry bump on your skin and you load it up with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or any other zit-soothing SOS treatment you have. And if you’re lucky, the blemish starts to fade in about two to three days. And just when you think your nightmare is over, you find that it’s barely beginning.
The truth is, even if you manage to resist the urge to pop your zits, scarring can still occur and the worst part is, acne scarring can be challenging to get rid of. And as we get older, the time taking for acne scars to fade increases — well, thank you very much, delayed cellular turnover.
But before you roll over and give up, get your hands on targeted treatments that are specially formulated to combat stubborn acne scars. They are loaded with skin-brighteners that not only inhibit melanin production but also speed up healing so your skin regains its former self. Here, seven of the most powerful scar faders for a clean and clear complexion:
Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment, $52 for 20ml
Formulated with mineral sulfur, this spot treatment effectively kills bacteria and reduces swelling to diminish the appearance of blemishes. At the same time, it also contains niacinamide which speeds up skin healing and brightens the complexion to minimise post-blemish marks.
SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, $159 for 30ml
Effective against all types of skin discolouration, including dark spots, uneven skin tone and even post-blemish scarring, this features a synergistic blend of clinically-proven ingredients to fade existing pigmentation and prevent future reoccurrence. When used all over, it’s effective for evening out skin tone while applying directly on dark spots and scars help improve these specific areas. Over time, even stubborn pigmentation is reduced so your skin tone looks brighter and more unified.
This retinol- and niacinamide-rich formula not only speeds up cellular regeneration, it also combats unwanted dark spots, all while being completely gentle to your skin. Apply directly on areas of concern and watch as the look of your skin improves over time.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel, about $119 for 30 uses
Recreate in-clinic results with this at-home daily peel. Comprising two-steps, the first step involves wiping your skin with the exfoliating acids-infused towelette to dissolve dead skin cells and stimulate skin turnover. Follow with step 2, which douses skin with a soothing cocktail of antioxidants and botanical extracts. Over time, dark spots and scars are diminished, fine lines are softened and your skin texture looks more refined.
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Targeted Spot Brightener, $94 for 15ml
With a powerful blend of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid, this concentrated spot brightener combats melanin production and increases collagen production so your skin becomes plumper and more even. And you don’t have to worry about sensitivity as the formula is also infused with aloe vera and allantoin to soothe irritation and take away redness.
Kate Somerville D-scar Scar Diminishing Serum, $73 for 20ml
Specifically formulated to tackle scars, it works on new and stubborn scars to reduce unwanted marks. At the centre of its formula is DS-7, the microencapsulated peptide which is essential in speeding up the skin renewal process to eliminate existing melanin and smooth out the complexion.
Perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin, this anti-scar gel lightens dark marks, improves the appearance of depressed scars as well as prevents future breakouts. Moreover, it has a non-greasy and fast-absorbing formula so that it doesn’t disrupt makeup application.