(Closed) Anyone know of a product to lighten dark spots from acne?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 31
220 posts
Helper bee

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rmca:  Pure vitamin E oil, make sure the IU is high, or  Bio Oil works well.  My friend got into an ATV accident, and she didn’t just have scratches – she had a full on scab, 6″x3″.  But she was really patient and applied bio oil in the morning and night, and there was a huge improvement on her scars, even I was surprised. 

If you’re looking at the more natural way, use pure Vit E oil (again, high IU). If its too thick, mix it with another good face oil (jojoba, grapeseed), to thin it out.  Bio Oil works, but it has a lot of other ingredients in it too and costs more (if you’re not too fussed about that stuff)

Post # 32
2165 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I would not recommend tanning to diminish pigmentation issues. Not only is the risk for skin cancer too high, you can in fact causes greater damage and more pigmentation issues in the long run. There’s tons of over the coutner and Rx options to try though!

Post # 33
4 posts

Another vote for Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel. Seriously, that stuff is amazing and well worth the money!

Post # 34
147 posts
Blushing bee

get 4% hydroquinone from a dermatologist, or get ambi its 2% and otc


Post # 35
1549 posts
Bumble bee


Failing that, rose hip oil is fantastic.

I highly recommend Alpha H Liquid Gold. It’s magic! Actual magic. 

It’s an Aussie brand, but the range is available overseas now.

Post # 36
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

The only thing that worked to lessen mine was a low dosage prescription retinoid. My dermatologist also recommened laser treatments and peels, but the laser treatments were way too pricy (over $200/session). 

Post # 37
763 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I would also take a look into a serum that has a high concentration of vitamin C. In the beauty industry we call it the BLT (brightens, lightens and tightens). Kate Sommerville has a product called D-Scar that is specifically for acne scarring since it tends to be tricker to get rid of than other dark spots. Good luck!

Post # 38
2963 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i was prescribed panoxyl cream to help with my dark spots (and it also helps prevent new breakouts). i’m not sure if the cream is available over the counter now, but i know the cleanser is. just be careful, it will bleach your towels.

Post # 39
948 posts
Busy bee

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rmca:  It was a combo of several things that worked for me. First of all, regular and gentle exfoliation. Secondly, I grew to love Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, which is pricy, but worth every cent, as it has made an amazing difference on my skin. Lastly, daily SPF usage, and time to let everything else work.

I’ll still occasionally have a red mark for a while if I have a particularly bad blemish, but it’s nothing like the red scars that used to cover a large portion of each cheek and which really stood out against my pale skin.

Post # 41
44 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

Jojoba oil

Post # 42
26 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am a Rodan and Fields Independent Consultant and can talk to you about the right product if you havent already found someone.


Just message me:)

Post # 43
10 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015

I suffer from lovely monthly cystic acne and have been working to fade my scars before my wedding as well. What has worked amazingly is Exfolikate (you can get it at Sephora). It’s a very intense exfoliant that smells amazing. It is expensive but less than going to for routline microdermabrasion appointments and you can do it at home. I use it with my clairsonic and my spots are pretty much gone after 3 months. I find this a better alternative to spot-fading serums, which break me out (counter productive!). I would also suggest using a good daily SPF. I find that my spots are darker if the blemish has been exposed to the sun. Hope that helps a little ☺️

Post # 44
1287 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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rmca:  I’ve been struggling with this for years. Had microdermabrasion and acid peels at the dermatologist with no lucK. This fall I started using rose hip oil and saw big changes. I also found ole Hendrickson sugar glow scrub that I swear by (it’s discontinued but you can find it in tjmAxx/Marshall’s). Also started using Bliss spa peeling groovy serum and saw big changes at first.

if you haven’t tried skin detox teas try those too ( republic of tea get gorgeous for example)

and WATER! It won’t get rid of the scarring but it will help make your skin glow so ppl look at your glowing skin and not any scars!

good luck. Try different stuff. You will find what works best for you 🙂

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Post # 45
86 posts
Worker bee

Epiduo is a good cream that can be precribed by your GP (I’m a GP).  It works well for acne and also helps lighten post inflammatory pigmentation, but of course it also takes time.  Only thing is not to use it while you’re pregnant.  Worth discussing with your GP if he/she feels it’s appropriate for your case 🙂 

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