Best way to get rid of/minimize acne scarring?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
434 posts
Helper bee

There’s a couple of things you could try. Bio oil might be a good option. But it is an oil so if you are still acne prone you might not want to go that route. You could also try the Full of Grace serum bar from Lush as that is supposed to help acne scarring and isn’t oily so won’t make you break out. And also, if you are willing to spend the money and go through the ordeal, you could try laser surgery. It depends how bad your acne scars are and how self conscious you are. Perhaps talking to a dermatologist would help identify the best possible option for you. 

Post # 3
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I ‘ve heard that rosehip oil apart from its anti-aging properties is very helpful with minimizing scars. 

Post # 4
28 posts

There’s different types of scarring, so it’s good to try to determine what kind of scarring you have to be able to treat it. has a lot of helpful information. A couple ingredients that are helpful for acne discoloration is a retinol product, to turn over skin cells faster. Niacinimde is also good for inhibiting melanin production, so that is good too for acne scars.

Here’s the specific page for acne scars:

A popular company in that group is called The Ordinary, which has a bunch of serums for scarring and other things, and are relatively inexpensive too. (canadian website i think?)

I forgot to mention, sunscreen is super important for acne scarring! Make sure you’re using it as often as you can, it’ll help prevent any leftover acne marks from getting discolored.

Post # 5
925 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island

So I used to have a ton of cystic acne around my jawline that I cleared up over the course of a year with Accutane. It worked great for me in preventing the acne, but left me with a ton of scars once I was off the medication and my skin settled into its “new normal” state.  I’ve been using a combination routine of:
1 – Lush Mask of Magnaminty – an awesome face mask that I use usually once a week, but maybe twice if my face feels exceptionally oiily, dull, or dirty.  It’s a textured mask that you leave on until it dries and then you massage off, so it uses mechanical exfoliation to remove dead skin and such.
2 – Sunday Riley’s “Good Genes” lactic acid treatment.  The lactic acid is a chemical (non-mechanical) exfoliant.  The formula also helps to correct hyperpigmentation, which is that discoloration in the scars, and plumps the skin, which corrects the divets or pits you sometimes get in the scars.  However, this formula, and I believe other lactic acid formulas, make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so I follow up with a gentle spf moisturizer during the day (I like coola’s unscented 30 spf).

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
11520 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

pinkprincess88 :  I used slightly diluted Apple Cider vinegar as a toner, it seems to make a big difference in the clarity of my skin!

Post # 8
1361 posts
Bumble bee

pinkprincess88 :  I like Paula’s Choice products. I use the AHA exfoliant, but I think the BHA leave on exfoliants are specifically formulated to take care of redness left over from acne.

Post # 9
126 posts
Blushing bee

Exfoliation is key to getting rid of scarring. Lactic and glycolic acid have worked pretty well for me. Also, face washes with vitamin c help with lightening discoloration. This is my favorite face wash with lactic acid This is my favorite vitamin c wash I’ve also recently started doing 40% lactic acid peels at home and love the results. It fades post acne marks and gives you a glow. It’s also not as harsh as other peels. As a PP said, it’s very important to wear sunscreen everyday or you’re pretty much wasting your time.

Post # 10
11615 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

pinkprincess88 :  the sure fire way to get rid of redness is the v beam laser. While it might seem expensive, it’s cheaper than throwing tons of products at something under the surface of the skin. V beam works for rosacea and estrogen dots and red veins and red scars. 

Post # 13
11615 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

pinkprincess88 :  they have a website that you can find providers under, too. There are other lasers for redness, but the v beam is powerful and can get rid of red birth marks, etc- so it is the most cost effective treatment imo. 

Post # 14
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I pretty much swear by Murad products (I posted about them in the other post you mentioned, too, lol). Probably the best exfoliator I’ve ever used is their Skin Smoothing Polish. It gets the job done, but it isn’t harsh on my skin–you just need to moisturize afterwards. Other than that, Murad’s Essential-C line has been great for making my skin really glowy and getting rid of some acne scarring that I have, particularly the Radiance Peel. 

Depending on how much of a turn around you need, though, you might want to look into a chemical peel or similar through a professional. 

Post # 15
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If you’re looking at exfoliating, I’ve found dermaplaning is hands down the best way to exfoliate. It’s basically like shaving your whole face with a really sharp blade. When I do it dead skin flies everywhere and I’m so smooth afterwards without the irritation of a scrub. I bought disposable scalpels for it from Amazon. There’s a lot of YouTube tutorials available to help. Just be careful!

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