How to Treat & Prevent Acne Scars
Acne is one of the more persistent beauty problems. Even after successfully battling a breakout into submission, pock marks and scars stay around. Left to their own devices, blemishes and spots that result from a case of acne may linger for weeks. Luckily, there are ways to fight back against these acne ghosts.
Understand Where They Come From
The first step to fixing a problem is to understand why it happens. Addressing acne scars is no different. The best offence is a good defence, and that applies to skincare as well.
Acne happens. It’s just a part of growing up. Some skin types are more prone to it than others, but no one should be surprised by an outbreak. They’re perfectly natural, but their occurrences can be reduced with proper skincare. Particularly if you know you have sensitive skin, make sure you use products that reflect that—gentle soaps, mild facial washes, etc. Be careful about how frequently you wash your face as well; contrary to what you may expect, washing too frequently may actually increase your likelihood of an acne breakout. External factors such as pollution, and UV rays, as well as over-washing can damage the skin’s moisture barrier, resulting in loss of moisture and an increase in oil production. That's why you should need an oil-free moisturiser after cleansing. See our blog The 4 best Korean products for Teenage Skin for some of our top-picks for acne-prone skin.
Once You Pop…
It can be difficult to resist the urge to pop a pimple, but NOT doing so is an absolute must if you want to reduce acne scarring. By popping a pimple, you expose the blemish to outside irritants which can make the initial inflammation worse and prevent proper healing.
Block the Sun
It’s a wonderful feeling to lie outside in the sun, but those UV rays can cause real damage if you don’t take the time to protect against them. Any discolouration or blemishes already on the face will only be exaggerated by exposure to sun. It’s not enough to rely on the usually limited SPF provided by moisturisers and other beauty products; to make sure acne scars fade quickly and correctly, be sure to add a dedicated sunscreen to your skincare regiment. Choose a sunscreen for sensitive skin, the ultra lightweight and free from PABAs, parabens and artificial fragrance, Shield fit Snail Essence Sun SPF50+ PA+++ from COSRX is one of our favourites.
Trust the Professionals
Skincare can be expensive, and it can be tempting to try to remedy your skin problems on your own, but because most people don’t understand how the active ingredients in most skincare products interact with their skin, many home remedies do more harm than good.
You should be especially wary of any homemade solutions that aggressively attack the skin—in particular, coarse exfoliants and chemical peels. Without proper knowledge or experience, these harsh treatment can take a turn for the worse and leave you with greater scarring than when you started.
And Speaking of Which…
As hard as you may try to fight them, sometimes acne scars are unavoidable. Luckily, when all else fails, there are products out there—designed by professionals who know skin—to help make them go away. Here are a couple of our top picks:
What it is: This serum has been precisely mixed to target uneven pigmentation and smooth out bumpy skin. After soothing the irritation of an acne breakout with propolis and camellia extracts, its star ingredient, black snail secretion filtrate, repairs damaged skin and adds a healthy glow.
Why it works: Don’t be turned off by the name or its origin—black snail secretion filtrate is a powerful agent of skin rejuvenation. Applied correctly, it reduces dark marks and blemishes, locks in moisture in dry skin, and gives the whole face a natural, beautiful radiance. For persistent scars after acne, this serum can work wonders.
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What it is: Aloe and propolis are the main ingredients of this effective gel. Both are famous for their anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce skin irritations, lock in moisture, and brighten the skin. These gentle ingredients are specifically designed to target sensitive and oily skin, so this formula can be used on all skin types.
Why it works: The key to this gel is its 80% aloe content. Most famous for being a natural remedy for burns, rashes, and other inflammations, the aloe works here to calm irritations, even out pigmentation, and, of course, fade acne scars. The addition of propolis, which is chock full of anti-bacterial properties, also reduces the risk of future breakouts.