Post # 1
A recent post on here made me think about the reason I struggle sometimes with having a bare, makeup free face in public. Over the years I have gotten a lot better at not wearing any makeup, but those stubborn acne scars are definitely what’s holding me back from going makeup free more often. I have scarring around my cheeks and chin, and a decent amount of redness on my cheeks/nose.
Is there a product out there that minimizes the scarring? Or is this something that only professional facials will take care of? Also feel free to share any masks or products you use at home to get your skin glowing!
I currently only use a moisturizer (Dermalogica brand) on a regular basis (as far as skin care goes) so I’m really looking to add more to my skin care routine. I have sensitive skin and am prone to breakouts, so I have to watch the products I use.
Post # 2
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
I ‘ve heard that rosehip oil apart from its anti-aging properties is very helpful with minimizing scars.
Post # 4
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. reddit.com/r/skincareaddiction 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.
http://deciem.com/brand/the-ordinary (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
- 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 # 6
I always knew there were different types of scars, but for some reason didn’t think that they would have different forms of treatment. After researching it looks like there are 4 types of scarring, and either they’re all extreme cases, or none of those is what I’m dealing with. My scarring is more like a lot of redness and literally looks like red dots, not indented though. Almost like when you have a blemish and it’s clearing up (no longer raised but still red) but I haven’t had blemishes in some of those areas for years?
Post # 7
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
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
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 https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003VHZ0PE/ref=mp_s_a_1_11_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1490877636&sr=8-11&keywords=lactic+acid+face+wash This is my favorite vitamin c wash https://www.amazon.com/Avalon-Organics-Intense-Defense-Cleansing/dp/B00015XAQ0 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
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 # 11
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far! I just realized there was a post made about a week ago related to this topic, so sorry for that! I will have to check out some of these products!
I am thinking about maybe starting to use an exfoliator once a week and see how we go from there. As far as sunscreen- if my moisturizer has it and I’m not really outside during the day right now- is that enough? I normally use sunscreen when I’m going to be outside but don’t on a regular basis. I also find that any sunscreen I use on my face is super oily and causes breakouts so maybe if my moisturizer isn’t enough a suggestion on that would be good?
Post # 12
BalletParker : I have no idea what that is but I’m going to look into it! That sounds like what i have going on..
Post # 13
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
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
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!