It's one thing to treat stubborn acne, but it's another to tackle the marks they leave behind. Instead of constantly concealing them with makeup or staring at them in the mirror, try products guaranteed to resurface the complexion and even out skin tone. From brightening cleansers to high-performance masks, we round up your arsenal for fading acne scars.
CLEANSERS AND TONERS
Start your brightening routine with cleansers and toners that lift dirt and slough away dead skin cells.
Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap
Prevent acne marks from forming by using a brightening cleanser with Kojic Acid. It unclogs pores, addresses uneven skin tone, and improves skin texture because it gently exfoliates.
Kojie San Skin Lightening Soap, Watsons
Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Foaming Cleanser
Wash your face every other day (or once a week) with this facial cleanser to purge your pores of dirt and sebum. Plus, you'll brighten your complexion with every use because of its glycolic acid, a type of AHA that gently peels layers of dead skin.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, P990, Rustan's The Beauty Source
Murad Essential-C Cleanser
A vitamin C-enriched facial wash that aims to brighten dark spots, protect your complexion from pollution, and reduce the effects of sun damage on the skin.
Murad Essential-C Cleanser, P1,950, Rustan's The Beauty Source
Pixi Glow Tonic
We'll keep saying this: This internet-famous exfoliating toner is the bomb dot com when it comes to bringing out your skin's glow. It has glycolic acid which gently sloughs off layers of dead skin without noticeable peeling. The result: even skin tone and texture.
Pixi Glow Tonic, P1,950, Watsons
COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
This one's a bestseller, too! The COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment toner melts blackheads and whiteheads, heals pimples, and prevents and lightens acne marks!
COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, P680, Lazada
SERUMS AND FACE OILS
Serums have potent formulas that work hard to fade dark spots and switch on your complexion's lit-from-within glow. Face oils, on the other hand, contain pure, naturally sourced ingredients that brighten the skin's surface.
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution
A cult favorite of people who are obsessed with brightening skincare. This serum effectively banishes dark spots and bestows a lovely radiance on the skin.
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, P2,995, Greenbelt 5
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum
Another contender for brightening! A vitamin C serum that can be used by even those who haven't introduced acids yet into their routine. Loyal consumers claim that this ~*potion*~ magically switched on their skin's glow and made their acne marks disappear.
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum, P1,200, Lazada
Human Nature Pure Rosehip Oil
In case you don't know what rosehip oil can do, here's a quick sales talk: This all-natural oil is a skin-perfecting product that heals acne and the marks they leave behind. And if you're curious if it grants you glowing skin, well, it does!
Human Nature Pure Rosehip Oil, P750, Robinson's Supermarket
We list down the products you can directly apply on acne marks.
A popular face and body oil that you can dab on existing pimples to prevent acne scars, and on dark spots to fade them into oblivion.
Bio Oil Skincare Oil, P495, SM Beauty
Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel
Dab this gel on existing acne or on dark spots every other night. This potent glycolic acid gel lifts dead skin cells, eventually revealing a fresh and bright complexion.
Mario Badescu Glycolic Gel, P1,650, Rustan's The Beauty Source
Do an at-home facial via these toning pads and masks loaded with gentle exfoliating acids and brightening ingredients.
Pixi Glow Peel Pads
This one is a favorite because it delivers results! Its 20 percent glycolic acid content can gently peel dead skin and dislodge whiteheads and blackheads. Knowing that you just need to rinse it with cold water, it means that the exfoliating solution is gentle—it won't burn your skin off. Full disclosure: It does sting a bit, but the glass skin effect makes it sooo worth the try!
Pixi Glow Peel Pads, P1,266, Sephora.ph
Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine
A popular exfoliator in the K-beauty world because of its lactic acid content, which effectively dissolves dead skin cells and lifts deep-seated dirt in the pores sans the sting or obvious peeling. See a smoother, more radiant complexion when you use it at least twice a week! Bonus: It has red wine which makes your skin young-looking and plump.
Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine, P1,295, Beauty Bar
Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel
This at-home facial kit has a two-step system: An AHA + BHA solution to treat pimples and fade acne marks, and a brightening sleeping mask for an overall glow.
Philosophy The Microdelivery Overnight Anti-Aging Peel, P4,995. Sephora.ph
Etude House Berry AHA Bright Sleeping Pack
Say goodbye to dark spots and dull skin with this sleeping pack that slowly exfoliates dead skin. For brighter results, apply this every night after your moisturizer.
Etude House Berry AHA Bright Sleeping Pack, P678, SM Megamall
Make P:rem Peel Me. Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack
If you think glycolic acid is too strong for your skin, try this product with PHA, a gentler acid, as its main ingredient. Apply this after your moisturizer every night to eventually make acne marks disappear and score a radiant complexion.
Make P:rem Peel Me. Radiance Peeling Sleeping Pack, P1,940, Freyja Glorietta
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
This triple-action mask grants physical and chemical exfoliation. Pumpkin enzyme melts dead skin cells, AHA addresses skin resurfacing, and Aluminum Oxide Crystals polishes the complexion. The best part? It smells like cake!
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, P3,100, Freyja Glorietta
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