Can I Get Rid of Acne Scarring at Home?
When working to treat acne scarring at home, topical formulas can help lighten the areas. "Treat dark marks with salicylic acid or glycolic acid, and peels containing these acids, to promote cell turnover and remove the top layers of the skin," Dr. Engelman said. She recommends the Perfect Image Glycolic 50% Gel Peel ($30) and Glo Skin Beauty Hydra-Bright AHA Glow Peel ($85). Since dark scars are superficial blemishes, they can also be treated with LED light therapy masks or Rhofade, a topical prescription cream.
On the flip side, textured scars can be treated by "resurfacing the skin and promoting cell turnover and collagen production," Dr. Engelman said. When doing this at home, you can use a gentle microneedling tool, the process of creating micro-injuries in the skin that trigger its natural healing process. Dr. Engelman recommends Environ Cosmetic Gold Roll-CIT if you go this route.
Worden encourages her clients to stay up on their vitamins (vitamins A, B, C, and E) and mineral supplements (pomegranate seed oil, zinc, fish oil) to help the process of wound healing. You can also invest in products that contain lightening ingredients: niacinamide, azelaic acid, rosehip oil, retinoids, lactic acid, turmeric, AHAs, salicylic acid, and licorice root.