We don't know about you, but we are extremely well versed in the art of tackling acne. We live by the stickers and have practically bathed in the lotions (hello Mario Badescu's drying lotion!). But once you've given acne the boot, you're often left with some scarring.
Although severe acne scarring is best treated by a dermatologist, there are a heap of over-the-counter products you can use to significantly bring down your scarring without a prescription. Whether your scars have left you with hyperpigmentation, or have messed with your skin texture, there are a few scar-eliminating ingredients that you can sub into your routine immediately.
As far as acne scar-nixing heroes go, you can't go past a retinol. Retinols are guns when it comes to fading pigmentation, and giving acne scarring the boot.
On your anti-scarring quest, also look out for products that contain Glycolic acid — or Lactic acid if you have sensitive skin — to slough away dead skin and increase skin cell turnover to help your skin further rid itself of scarring and pigmentation.
(PS, these three acids also give your collagen production a boost, so say bye bye to uneven skin texture, and hello to plump, smooth skin!)
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And once you've taken care of the scarring, you'll want to rope a formula containing vitamin C into your regime. Vitamin C's will not only brighten your complexion, but will also work to further lighten hyperpigmentation and improve scarring. Kojic acid, azelaic acid, niacinamide and licorice root are also banger brightening ingredients.
Here, we round up the best acne scar-fighting products to dry before seeing a derm.