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Acne Scar Treatment Reviews

3 Acne Scar-Reducing Products That Really Work

Though most people are afflicted by acne during puberty, a lucky few of us get to deal with it well into adulthood. The only thing worse than acne, however, may be acne scars. While there are several skin-lightening and hyperpigmentation products on the market, there are three standouts that provide some serious fade action. See which treatments help fade scars best when you keep reading.

1. Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($50): After using this product twice daily for about four weeks, even old acne marks that you've considered yourself stuck with will likely fade away. The serum is soft and lightweight, and does wonders to tone and smooth your skin. If your goal is to fade acne scars, sun spots, or any other kind of discoloration on your face, you should definitely pick this up. You should also get ready to flaunt your bare-faced beauty.

2. Ambi Even & Clear Targeted Mark Minimizer ($10): The thicker formula is great for combination skin and it works really well as a daytime treatment since it provides a great base for foundation or tinted moisturizer. Vitamins A, C, and E all help to lighten dark marks and improve the overall tone of your skin, and you can also use it as a spot treatment for problem areas. But best of all, you'll start to see results in about two weeks.

3. Philosophy on a Clear Day Retinol Treatment Lotion ($40): Not only does this gentle, featherweight formula treat existing acne, but it can also help to fade acne scarring. Apply it nightly after washing your face (or every other night, if overdrying occurs). You should see a clearer, more even skin tone after a few weeks. Just remember to follow up with sunscreen; retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure.

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arsie arsie 4 years
I used inviCible scars for my acne scars. Took a little long because my scars were a year old but it faded them all and my skin is all clear again. I now use it as a primer because the texture is alike and is so smooth and silky.
sonjabe44 sonjabe44 5 years
I was given the Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub from Made from Earth by my dermatologist to help with my acne and cear up my acne scars. I only wash with it once a day (usually in the morning). It is incredible. It leaves my skin feeling firm and clean. It's doesn't dry my skin out, but I suspect it would if I used it twice a day. I've been using it for 9 months and it has cleared up acne scars I've had since I was a teenager. Not only does my skin look clearer, but it also looks brighter. If you buy this and use it right, you'll be just as happy as I am.
cocoandrico cocoandrico 5 years
If you're going the all-natural route you Aloe Vera is worth a try as a topical treatment. Aloe contains a concentrated mix of anti-inflammatory fatty acids and compounds that boost the cellular regeneration. It's antibacterial and can help to prevent new breakouts while speeding the healing process and relieving any lingering swelling and irritation. There are products out there that contain Aloe, but you can also use it directly from the cut leaves of the plant- for more info and recipes on how to use it at home, check out: Hope it helps!
Burkina Burkina 5 years
African Black Soap, my friends. Its all you need.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i wouldn't uses a product that takes four weeks to see effects when my dark spots naturally fade in about a month. i use peels, they work very fast (a couple of sessions - two weeks, and they're already almost faded) they also stop new scars from developing strong pigmentation to begin with.
ShekinahShazaam ShekinahShazaam 5 years
I LOVE the Ambi even and clear! I use it at night as a moisturizer and have definitely noticed a difference in my skin these past few months. And I still have under half left! If you're cheap like me, but would still like something that works, I recommend it. Oh, and the smell is nice too[;
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I have to cosign with the Clinique Clinical Even Better serum. And this is coming from someone who can't stand Clinique's three step facial routine for oily skin. Too freaking harsh. But you have to use a sunscreen and reapply frequently for it to work.
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 5 years
I'm on my second bottle of the Clinique product and it definitely works. I have seen significant fading in newer scars and some improvement in old ones. My oldest biggest scar is actually a burn from an allergic reaction to Neosporin after I used it on a cut on my chin. I recently went to my dermatologist, Rosemarie Ingleton ( she specializes in African American and darker skinned ethnicities) and she prescribed I use Neostrata ($38). It's a brand developed by dermatologists- I use the Skin Brightening Gel which is hydroquinone free (I've had cystic bumps from using 2% hyrdoquinone products in the past). It contains Kojic Acid, Vitamin C and extracts of Mulberry, Bearberry and Licorice root as well as Glycolic acid, Citric Acid and Lactic Acid. I did a lot of research on my own and found that these ingredients are key for skin lightening and was elated to find them all in one product. I also use Olay Definity tinted and nighttime moisturizers which contain acetyl glucosamine which research I came across (funded by Olay I'm sure) "shows" evening of skin tone and texture...nut really, so far so good! Literally today I bought papaya soap at a Filipono grocery in Queens, NY because I read that it lightens and/or evens skin tone in darker toned women. I have scars on my knees and elbows from childhood falls as well as some spots left behind from mosquito bites. Looking forward to lightening that. I was told by the store clerk that it's drying so you have to moisturize after. Can't wait to see the results. Please have more posts like this!!! Products and tutorials geared to darker skin tones and colors please!
tigrelis28 tigrelis28 5 years
what about like indentations from old acne scars? i've heard that chemical peels will help but have no idea where to find a good one at a reasonable price!
CalidaA CalidaA 5 years
I've actually been using Neosporin (Maximum strength + Pain Relief cream) for spot treatments/scar treatments... weird right? But it's antibiotic, pain relieving, and supposedly helps to reduce the appearance of scars. I have noticed that my scarring heals up very well these days :D
girlfunkmusic girlfunkmusic 5 years
Let me also just add that anything with glycolic acid and/or plant extracts like Grape Seed seem to work too. For ex, I bought this super cheap Grape Seed Extract Peel Off Masque (by Queen Helene at Target) that shows a noticeable difference just the morning after using it! (twice/wk would be ideal). I've also had luck with other serums including Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate... just FYI!:)
Brittney-Stephens Brittney-Stephens 5 years
The Clinique product is pricey, but a really great investment. A little goes a long way!
littlemunchkin littlemunchkin 5 years
@ladylove004 Agreed, Clinique are brilliant!
ladylove004 ladylove004 5 years
I love Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, its a little pricy at $50, but it really does work!
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