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10 Ways to Get Rid of Acne Scars — For Good
If you're still struggling with acne scars leftover from puberty (or, you know, that really bad zit last week), try one of these foolproof fading methods.
Here's how acne scars happen: "Inflammation from pimples trigger pigment cells to produce melanin, which is post-inflammatory hyperigmentation," says dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D. "It often happens when the pimple is exposed to some type of irritation or injury like picking at zits." In other words, hands off your pimples! Instead, dab a salicylic-acid based spot treatment, like Clean & Clear Advantage Mark Treatment (.99; ulta.com), on the breakout one to three times daily until it shrinks.
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Every day, use a serum or lotion with one or more spot-fading ingredients like lineolic acid, kojic acid, licorice, or soy. (Try Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, .99; target.com.) If your marks are pink or red in color, look for green tea, chamomile, or feverfew on the product's ingredient list, all of which will calm irritation. (Try First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream, ; .)
A vitamin C serum, like Mario Badesdu Vitamin C Serum (; ulta.com), will dissolve pigment from dark marks and block future ones from forming. Smooth this one under your daily SPF or lotion with sunscreen.
A formula with retinol (a type of retinoid), like Olay Regenerist Intensive Repair Treatment (.99; olay.com) will increase skin cell turnover, which — over time — evens out your skin, dissolves dark marks, and plumps up indented scars. Retinol can be irritating, so start by using it twice a week at night; tack on an additional night per week until your skin can tolerate it.
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"Hydrating masks and gentle exfoliating peels dissolve spots and prevent them from turning into permanent scars," says Bowe. Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Age-Defying Exfoliator (; sephora.com) is a good one because "it contains lactic acid to gently slough away dead skin cells," she says. Use it once or twice a week.
You'll be fighting an uphill battle if you don't wear sunscreen every. damn. day — your marks will darken in color and can resurface after they've faded. (And, yes, you need to apply sunscreen while you're indoors, too, as UV rays penetrate through windows — and some LED light bulbs can trigger hyperpigmentation.) A formula with iron oxide, like in SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 (; skinceuticals.com) will block raysandlight.
Vitamins A and E in Bio-Oil can reduce the appearance of scarring and hydrate skin. Pat a thin layer of a formula like Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil (.99; )over scars as the last step of your night routine.
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