What are acne scars and how are they formed?
Acne scars are the result of inflammation from acne blemishes. It happens when a fresh pimple emerges and you pop it, leaving a scar that you frequently pick at, ultimately leading to a dark spot. The more this cycle repeats, the more damage is done to your skin.
There are 4 types of acne scarring. It may be rolling (superficial, longer depressions in the skin), ice pick (very small but deep), atrophic (very superficial and very thin), and hypertrophic (thick scars raised above the skin).
How can I get rid of acne scars - what are the ingredients to look out for?
Topical treatments will help to lighten your acne scars, however permanent removal of acne scarring may require more attention and several treatments with a professional.
However, acne scarring should not be confused with hyperpigmentation. Acne scars are textural changes that develop deep in the dermis (middle layer of the skin). Hyperpigmentation happens on the surface of the skin and tends to fade after a few weeks or months with help from certain skincare ingredients.
When shopping for topical treatments to treat scarring and hyperpigmentation, look out for ingredients that are exfoliating agents. These include alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), salicylic acid (BHA), glycolic acid and lactic acid. Other ingredients include niacinamide, vitamin C, retinol (vitamin A) and centella asiatica (cica).
While these ingredients will help you get your skin back on track after a breakout has left its mark, we have to warn against using them all at once - that would be too harsh for your skin.
And last but not least, make sure to apply sunscreen!
Which of our products will help lighten acne scars?
Definitely our Youth Beam Anti-Ageing Night Serum that contains cica and reishi mushroom to help fade acne scars, Bright Skies exfoliating gel that contains anti-inflammatory properties and reduces hyperpigmentation and our Morning Glow Physical Sunscreen that contains niacinamide.