Help! A Reader Has Acne Scars…
Acne is never fun, but to add insult to injury, we’re often left with dark marks and scars from the infection—even when we behave ourselves and resist fussing with it! So what’s the deal? Will these pesky marks ever heal? One of our readers recently wrote in asking about our favorite treatments for acne scar reduction. Here’s what she says…
“I have a sensitive, acne/cystic acne prone skin, with redness, red scars and some indented scarring, and I was hesitating between Laurel Sun Damage Repair Serum and Yuli Cell Perfecto PM to help them fade. I have never tried Yuli’s products, but i’m currently using Laurel’s anti-inflammatory serum (and loving it!). Based on your experience, which one would you recommend?” —Nastassia
We hope you will weigh in with your thoughts about the best treatments for fading acne scars. Here are 3 solutions for acne scars in the meantime…
1. Vitamin C rich treatments and botanical oils can really brighten, fade scars and help with discoloration.
Vitamin C is one of the most important ingredients in our routine, and it makes a visible difference like whoa. We love La Bella Figura Modern Radiance Concentrate for this purpose—expensive but worth every blooming penny. The feather light gel serum layers beautifully and contains a whole and natural source of C from kakadu plums. We also love mixing our own for overnight use with the ever fresh Pacific Topical Vitamin C Treatment by True Botanicals. These are little capsules full of vitamin C that you blend into your nightly serum, making this quite customizable. You’ll love how bright and clear your skin looks in the morning.
2. Rosehip seed oil is a potent catch-all for common skin woes like acne scars and fine lines.
Rosehip seed oil fades discoloration and evens out the skin tone much like vitamin C does, and while rosehips are naturally high in vitamin C, the seed oil is actually a better source of vitamin A and essential fatty acids. It’s perfectly calming for sensitive types and actually helps keep acne at bay by balancing out the skin. Hyper-pigmentation, sun damage, age spots and acne scars are greatly improved with regular use of rosehip seed oil. Trust. Our absolute favorite source is the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. An organic blend of both the rosehip berry and the seed, you’re getting five times the carotenoids and twice the regenerative sterols as rosehip seed oil alone.
3. Consider a tried and true natural scar cream (the kind in your first aid kit) for an inexpensive yet high-quality option.
The obvious and maybe only choice here is the CELSUS Bio-Intelligence Scar Cream. Just look at the ingredient list and you’ll know you’ve got some serious stuff on your hands. It includes 22 active ingredients and features some mega-healers like helichrysum and tamanu as well as MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), which helps repair connective tissue and maintain supple collagen cell walls while increasing blood flow to the skin. Healing herbal extracts like onion bulb and gotu kola help encourage cell regeneration and inhibit scar formation. Hint: you can use CELSUS to treat those fine lines that seem to have emerged overnight around your eyes.
Ok, your turn! What do you turn to for acne scars and the like? Tell us in the comments!