At some stage in our lives, it’s likely that most of us will experience the odd spot. However, for many, full-blown acne is part and parcel of growing up.
Despite all the advice we receive to leave those pesky spots alone, it’s not uncommon for spot-sufferers to have a good squeeze every now and again. Unfortunately, this increases the likelihood of acne scarring, which can last for years to come.
If this rings true for you, you might be looking for ways to reduce the appearance of your acne scars. To help you do so, we’ve put together a short guide to the types of products you should look out for:
Toning is a part of your skincare routine that should be completed after cleansing. To help fight hyperpigmentation caused by acne, look for toners that contain salicylic acid. This ingredient will work to reduce discoloration, as well as reduce the frequency of breakouts.
Chemical peels help to improve the appearance of acne scars, by removing the top layer of skin. The new skin will be smoother in texture, and dark spots should appear lighter.
However, those with sensitive skin should avoid exfoliating peels, as they are potent products that are likely to cause skin irritation.
Products that contain retinol are great for reducing acne scars, as retinol helps to resurface the texture of the skin. Try to find a product that also has moisturizing properties, as some retinol products can leave dry patches on the skin.
Exfoliating body cleanser
Some people experience acne on their back and chest, as well as their face. To help reduce the appearance of acne scars in these areas, it’s best to use a gentle exfoliating body cleanser. This will help to remove dead skin cells, improving the appearance of the texture of the skin.
The best solution for acne scarring is treating the cause of the problem. If you’re still suffering from acne, we recommend that you use a topical treatment to help treat the spot itself. These are usually available in gel or cream forms and can be applied directly to the spot before bedtime. They can cause mild irritation, so it’s worth consulting a dermatologist before commencing topical retinoid treatment.
Whichever products you decide to add to your skincare arsenal, pay attention to the instructions on the frequency of use. Note that some products should be used daily, whereas others should only be used once a week.