How Can I Fade My Acne Scars?

A blemish usually lasts 5-7 days, but the red or dark scar from picking at the blemish, can linger for weeks— or even months.

Red or dark acne scars are caused from trauma to the skin cells caused from aggressively picking at blemishes. Even if you didn’t touch it, it can still leave a scar because it stretches and damages the surrounding tissue resulting in increased melanin activity. It is considered to be a scar but it will fade with time, using a skin lightener and increasing your exfoliation.

By increasing your use of both chemical exfoliants (Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid found in Triple Berry Smoothing Peel and AHA Smoothing Serum 10%, 17% and 20%) and physical exfoliants (using gentle round beads like in Mint Buffing Beads) this helps to stimulate new and healthy skin cell growth while removing the scarred, damaged cells. Out with the old, in with the new! Both chemical and physical exfoliants can be used all over the face, even where acne scars are not present because it offers skin smoothing, anti-aging benefit. Be sure to follow the instructions on the bottle or jar so you are using the exfoliating products properly. Read: The Beginner’s Guide to Exfoliation

If you have just a few stubborn areas that you want to treat separately, Post-Breakout Fading Gel works very well as a spot treatment for fading individual blemish scars.

Read more about how to care for your acne scars. (Hint: sunscreen is a must!)

In addition to using exfoliating products, introducing a skin brightener like Vitamin C & E Treatment into your daily routine will dramatically help expedite the fading and lightening of dark, acne marks.

Recommended products to fade acne scars include:

AHA Smoothing Serum

Post-Breakout Fading Gel

Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

Mint Buffing Beads

Micro Crystal Cream

Read: Learn how to heal breakouts fast.

Read: The 11 Causes Of Acne Blemishes

Read: Get control of cystic acne–before it scars your skin!

Which skin care products are best for you? See our nine skin types or take the Skin Type Quiz and get products recommended.

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