Getting rid of the bumps and blemishes on your skin is only half of the battle. The other half is dealing with the aftermath in the form of scars and marks. If you've got a few acne scars and marks yourself, here are all the best remedies!
Vitamin C Serums
Vitamin C is one of the best brightening ingredients out there. Aside from counteracting sun damage, the antioxidant "contributes in the synthesis of collagen" and has "depigmenting and anti-inflammatory effects," according to Belo Medical Group's Dr. Anjelica Guzman.
So if you have trouble with dark spots, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation from acne, incorporating Vitamin C in your skincare is a solid choice!
Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, P1,200, Watsons
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, P2,995, Greenbelt 5
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can not only be used as a pimple treatment, but also on the marks they leave behind. While there has yet to be conclusive research proving it effective for treating scars, it's worth a try! After all, this oil is anti-inflammatory and heals active pimples to lower the chances of scarring!
The Body ShopTea Tree Oil, P495, Shangri-la Plaza
2. Sunflower Oil
Sunflower oil, or helianthus annuus in most ingredients lists, is a cold-pressed oil that moisturizes the skin and protects the skin barrier. It's a natural source of omega-6 (linoleic acid), which keeps our skin cells healthy, and it's rich in antioxidants to help prevent skin damage from free-radicals. Overall, it's a chemical-free alternative to prevent scars from worsening, but bear in mind that results will most likely be gradual than instant.
Human Nature Sunflower Beauty Oil, P299.75, Robinsons Supermarket
Bio-Oil's scar-treating prowess is famous. It contains several ingredients known to lighten pigmentation, such as lactic acid (a type of AHA) and niacinamide. It also has oils and occlusives that'll moisturize the scarred area and make it less prone to irritation. The best part: You can use it on your face and body!
Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare Oil, P495, SM Beauty
1. Alpha Lipoic Acid
Like Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid is a potent, water- and fat-soluble antioxidant with tons of skin benefits—scar reduction included. It's said to help aid cell metabolism and regenerate other antioxidants, both of which are key to smoother, more resilient, and even-toned skin.
The Ordinary Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, P660, BeautyMNL
2. Lactic Acid
Calling all those with sensitive skin: Lactic acid is the mild AHA you need in your life. As it chemically sloughs off the rough, scarred top layer of your skin, it's gentler than other acids (i.e. glycolic acid) when used in optimal concentrations (10 percent or less) and only a few times a week. Basically, it works the same way as other AHAs in resurfacing your skin, but with an extra kick of hydration.
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Intensive Peel, P3,236, Sephora.ph
3. Glycolic Acid
We can't do an exfoliating acids list without the most popular alpha-hydroxy acid out there. Having the smallest molecule of all acids, glycolic acid penetrates easily into the skin, so it exfoliates the top layer of the skin quickly and effectively. Using it once or twice a week will definitely improve your skin texture and tone overtime. A heads-up, though: It might sting a bit.