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Skin Care Products That Remove Acne Scars

    Skin Care Products That Remove Acne Scars

    Just when you thought the ordeal with acne was over, you see scars. And while scars are a part of the natural healing process, we still don’t want them, especially not anywhere near our face. If you’re looking for ways to remove acne scars, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll talk about the products and procedures that remove acne scars.

    How To Remove Acne Scars

    Before we proceed with the products that help remove acne scars, let’s first clarify that the term “remove” doesn’t mean “totally eliminate.” At best, removing acne scars means treating them to the point where they look less pronounced. In other words, the goal is to reduce their appearance.

    Without further delay, below are the products that help remove acne scars:

    1. Adapalene Gel

    First on our list is adapalene gel. Not only does it treat inflammation and swelling, but it also appears to reduce scars as well.

    One report concluded that the daily application of 3% adapalene gel for 24 weeks improved the appearance of scars by up to 2 grades in scar assessment. As per the subjective reports of the participants, the treatment improved the scar’s texture, particularly for atrophic (depressed) scars¹.

    2. Retinoids

    Next, we have topical retinoids. In one report, the researchers mentioned that topical retinoids not only act on primary acne lesions, but also on secondary lesions, including scarring and pigmentation².

    In other words, topical retinoid products may help in improving scar texture and lightening hyperpigmentation.

    3. Salicylic, Alpha Hydroxy, and Lactic Acids

    If you’ve spent quite some time looking into products that remove acne scars, you probably already encountered these three acids.

    Generally, these acids exfoliate the skin, helping “scrape off” the top layer of the skin with dead cells. Salicylic acid may even help improve swelling and lactic acid may help with hyperpigmentation.

    Note that a product may contain just one type of acid or a combination of several acids. Before using any product – particularly if you have sensitive skin – perform a patch test first.

    Natural Ingredients To Remove Acne Scars

    If you want to begin with natural products, consider honey and aloe vera.

    Honey has excellent wound healing properties that can improve the appearance of scars³. Aloe vera, on the other hand, can reduce scar tissue size and ease inflammation⁴.

    Visit a Dermatologist for the Best Treatment

    Choosing any product for skin treatment is never easy. After all, there are numerous brands in the market and each of them offer something that might appeal to your needs.

    To prevent second-guessing your choice, visit a dermatologist. They will be able to assess your scars and give you the appropriate treatment for best results.

    They might also recommend medical procedures to remove acne scars⁵. Some of the possible treatment include:

    Self-Care To Remove Acne Scars

    Now that we know more about products and procedures that help remove acne scars, let’s proceed with the self-care practices. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following self-care tips⁶:

    • If you have acne, treat them first. Remember that swollen nodules and cysts have the highest risk of scarring. Unsure of how to treat your acne? Get in touch with a dermatologist.
    • Once your acne clears, continue the treatment. You may reduce the dose, but continuing the treatment can help keep your skin blemish-free.
    • Be gentle with the scars. Using harsh products or rubbing might worsen the appearance of the scar tissue.

    Key Takeaways

    If you’re looking for products that remove acne scars, consider retinoids, adapalene gel, and some acids, like AHA, lactic acid, and salicylic acid. However, don’t forget to consult your dermatologist first to determine which product is right for you.

    Learn more about Skin Care here.

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


    1 Adapalene 0.3% Gel Shows Efficacy for the Treatment of Atrophic Acne Scars, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6002315/, December 21, 2021

    2 Why Topical Retinoids Are Mainstay of Therapy for Acne, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5574737/, December 21, 2021

    3 Wound healing activity of honey: A pilot study, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665090/, December 21, 2021

    4 Topical Application of Aloe vera Accelerated Wound Healing, Modeling, and Remodeling: An Experimental Study, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25003428/, December 21, 2021

    5 ACNE SCARS: DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT, https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/derm-treat/scars/treatment, December 21, 2021

    6 ACNE SCARS: SELF-CARE, https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne/derm-treat/scars/self-care, December 21, 2021

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    Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated Aug 24
    Fact Checked by Kristel Lagorza
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