OK, so we picked it. We were told not to—we tried to stop ourselves, we really did. And now, we face the unforgiving aftermath that is discoloration, uneven tone and texture, and the sad memory of our personal foible. An acne scar. Heavy sigh.
Some acne scars seem to last forever. The pigment is really clinging on for dear life, almost as upsetting as the ghost of the pimple’s past than the actual offender itself. In order to fade acne scars, we have to be mindful about what products we are using. There are some top-notch ingredients to keep an eye out for when it comes to diminishing the look and feel of acne scars, so we compiled some products that are up for the task.
Like a chill pill for your face, CBD helps to diminish redness and inflammation, along with fine lines. The Hora X Poosh hyaluronic acid serum is also ultra-hydrating, helping to plump up the skin to give a glowy appearance to otherwise discolored areas.
Hyaluronic Halo CBD Serum
Hora X Poosh
Ok, so it might be obvious why this is out pick—we formulated it. But this powerhouse is much more than CBD, it’s juicy base of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C makes it extra effective at nourishing and brightening up dark spots, and we love a good multi-tasker.
Exfoliation is key—but the magic is in the balance. Use a mild AHA toner (lactic and mandelic acid) daily, or a salicylic spot treatment to help speed turnover, healing, and fading, or opt for a more intensive exfoliating treatment like a peel pad or mask once a week. Over-exfoliation will cause more redness and inflammation (and break down our skin’s natural protective barrier), so don’t overdo it.
Blue tansy AHA Resurfacing Mask
The blue cutie is powerful, so don’t be fooled by its cool color. Packed with AHAs, this mask is best used only once a week for safe, but serious exfoliation.
This powerful ingredient is excellent for both scarring and sun damage, and ultimately any discoloration and hyperpigmentation. It does this by inhibiting pigment-producing enzymes, and it’s also very anti-inflammatory, meaning it can successfully improve the texture of the skin without irritating it like an acid (AHAs), so it can be used every day.
Skin Tint Serum
We love when a makeup product also serves as skincare, and this ultra-light coverage skin tint serum is a hard worker. It’s sheer, for sure, but perfect for blurring pores and dark spots, not to mention it’s got non-nano zinc oxide and niacinamide for serious sun protection.
Vitamin C is the antioxidant equivalent to a magic wand when it comes to glow factor and skin clarity. It helps to diminish scarring and dark spots by promoting collagen synthesis, regenerating our cells’ integrity, and reducing oxidative stress, to give us an all-over even balance.
A powder is an extremely stable form of vitamin C, so you know this is potent stuff. Mix it into your favorite serums or moisturizers (hello, Hylaluronic Halo) for a super boost that will really Poosh your brightening power.
Naturally antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic, this golden ingredient can help tame redness and speed up the healing process. Mix powder with a little honey for a soothing, powerful mask, or try a spot treatment, like this easy stick.
Spot treatment stick
Use this on your entire face, or spot treat blemishes, scabs, and scars for an anti-inflammatory treat and a mess-free way to use this golden ingredient on your face.
Retinoids are known for stimulating cell turnover at a rapid pace, meaning discoloration won’t have much to cling to after regular use. It’s a double whammy with fine lines and wrinkles, and preventing breakouts before they even begin—the only catch is that it takes some time for our skin to get used to it.
Retinoids—especially prescription—are gnarly stuff, and take some serious getting used to (think a major purge period, and 6-12 weeks of skin adjustment). It’s totally worth it, if that’s your thing, but consider this product the softer, green beauty approach to retinol.
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