May 29, 2020
How to treat acne scars?
I did a Sunday School on the topic over on instagram, which you can still watch here.
Acne scarring is post inflammatory hyperpigmentation which can be raised, sunken in and often leave a red or brownish tint behind, too. This is due to the skin trying to repair itself and creating either too much (raised) or too little (sunken) collagen in the process. Inflammation revs up the pigment in the skin which is why there is often some colour to them. Below I’ve outlined the best ingredients and products to use to treat the pigmentation.
To smooth the texture of the skin, exfoliation is key. Using physical exfoliants on uneven and possibly inflamed skin isn’t great as it can further irritate and damage the skin. That’s why chemical exfoliation is so much more gentle. For this using a mix of both AHA and BHA is great, my favourites are lactic and salicylic. You can use both of these every night. I also love using enzymes as these are a very effective and gentle chemical exfoliation.
AHA + BHA
the most effective way to reduce pigmentation is to help brighten and even the skin tone. The best ingredient for this are antioxidants. Vitamin C as it inhibits melanin production in the skin- helping to even out pigmentation and enhance skin radiance. I’d use this in your routine every morning before SPF. Retinol is also extremely effective at brightening as it helps with cell turnover, which brings fresh, healthy cells to the surface of your skin.
these are products formulated especially to target pigmentation on the skin, and help even, smooth and brighten the skin.