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Here's How To Fade Those Annoying Acne Scars

It's not as hard as you think.
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Dealing with spots can be bad enough, so the annoying aftermath can feel like metaphorically rubbing salt in your wounds, but unless your skin is damaged to the deep layers of the dermis, these reddy-pink or brown marks will eventually disappear.

While patience is key, there are some ways to speed up the fading of discoloration that remains after a spot. Try these tips for a brighter-faced future:


1. Always wear sunscreen

Try to avoid prolonged sun exposure as it will make the skin's healing process slower, and wear a broad spectrum SPF daily to prevent the marks from appearing more obvious. UV exposure stimulates pigment production, causing spot scars to darken, so sun protection really is key to fading discoloration.

2. Exfoliate with AHA and BHA

What-HA? AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid such as glycolic and lactic acids (think anti-aging), while BHA, or beta hydroxy acid, refers to salicylic acid (think anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory) and both AHA and BHA are exfoliants that will promote a more-even skin tone. A combo of the two will help to encourage the rejuvenation of the skin, without you having to scrub your skin red-raw and cause more damage. 

3. Pick vitamin C-loaded products

Another non-scary acid that works wonders on complexion clarity is ascorbic acid, or vitamin C. This free radical-fighter aids inflammation and fades pigment patches. 

4. Repair your complexion

Rosehip oil can work wonders when it comes to calming, soothing, and repairing damaged skin, so much so, it's been used to increase healing time following the treatment of burns. Just add a couple of drops into your moisturizer to help fade stubborn spots.

5. Get professional resurfacing facials

Talk to a dermatologist about treatments such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and microdermabrasion, which can be highly effective in reducing scars and wrinkles more than at-home exfoliation can. 

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.