How to Heal Acne Scars

It’s such a relief when you finally get your breakouts under control, right?

But then, you start to notice pesky red or brown spots that are still clinging on (like that guy you dated from Tinder).

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Almost anyone can develop acne scars. Some uncontrollable factors that can contribute to the severity of scarring include having deep acne (like hormonal cystic acne), sensitive skin, or a family history of acne scars.

Picking at your skin can lead to scarring no matter what genes you got!

Now, we don’t have a magic wand that will instantly make acne scars disappear. But we can share some of our favourite products to heal acne scars, methods, and natural treatments to support fading and healing of scars over time.

How to help acne scars heal naturally

You can take a number of proactive steps to heal acne scars naturally, even if your breakouts haven't yet cleared. Try some of the following tactics:

1. Don't pick at your face or touch your breakouts

I know it’s so tempting (and kinda satisfying in the moment) to pop and pick at your pimples, but it’s doing more harm than good. It might feel like you’re cleaning out the pimple when you pop it. Nope! The intense pressure actually irritates the skin, introduces more bacteria into the pore, slows healing time, and potentially creates scars.

2. Protect your skin with SPF

Scar tissue is highly sensitive, which means it can be easily burnt or damaged by sunlight. The sun also triggers the cells that make melanin, which darkens scars and makes them more visible.

One of our go-to products for protection is asap moisturising daily defence spf 50+ 100ml. This powerful, protective formula keeps skin safe from the negative effects of UVA/UVB exposure, which can lead to collagen breakdown, sun spots, and loss of moisture. Enriched with potent antioxidants to boost protection against environmental aggressors, pollutants, and free radicals, asap moisturising daily defence spf 50+ 100ml reinforces skin’s natural barrier protection so your acne scars can continue to heal. Apply SPF every day following your favourite serum or moisturiser.

3. Take supplements for acne scar healing

Nutrition can be an afterthought when it comes to healing acne scars. You’re probably focused on your outside, thinking it’s too late to do anything from the inside. But you can further support the scar-healing process by taking supplements that specifically nourish your skin.

A Collagen supplement is a great choice for nutritional skincare. Collagen is an important protein that makes up the majority of the skin and ligaments. By taking Vida Glow Marine Collagen Original, you can support your skin’s natural healing process. Added bonus: you don’t have to worry about a potential fishy taste. Vida Glow has no taste or smell, so you can hide it in anything (I sneak it into my morning oat latte).

The Noni Extract in KORA Organics Noni Glow Skinfood With Prebiotics Jar 180g is a rich source of over 100 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to help support your inner health and your body’s healing process. It's recommended that you drink Kora Organics Noni Glow skin food supplement daily to experience its full benefits. And because the supplement has a deliciously fruity flavour, it’s easy to stick to!

How to help acne scars heal faster

If you're already noticing scars, or your acne has been severe, lifestyle remedies might not be enough to fade those marks. Get additional support through topical treatments that help fade and heal acne scars.

If you’re looking for a natural option to heal acne scars, reach for Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. This beautiful oil contains high levels of irritant-free antioxidants and omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, which help improve many different skin concerns. Rosehip Oil is indicated for acne scarring, blemishes, and other imperfections. Before bed, gently massage this nourishing oil onto cleansed skin and let it fully absorb.

By incorporating gentle exfoliation into your weekly routine, you can help your skin shed dead cells to speed up the healing process. Sodashi Enzyme Face Polish utilises Pomegranate Enzyme to help balance and brighten discolouration and pigmentation of the skin. Macadamia Nut Oil has superior moisturising and skin-softening properties. Macadamia can also help aid cell renewal and help heal acne scars. Use 1 to 2 times per week and follow with your favourite serum or moisturiser.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a dermatologist-tested formula with Vitamin C. Activated Vitamin C quickly penetrates the skin to help even skin tone, reduce dark spots, and prevent future skin discolouration from occurring. To support the scar-healing process, White Birch Extract is included to restore hydration and nutrients. And antioxidant Peony Extract helps fight and prevent oxidative damage. This is a great multipurpose product to have on hand, as it can be used as a targeted spot treatment (perfect for events) or as an all-over facial serum to reveal a brighter complexion. This solution can be applied both day and night, and is suitable for all skin types.

Who doesn’t love a serum that’s effective AND costs less than your normal Saturday night espresso martini?! The Ordinary Pycnogenol 5% is a protective serum that helps prevent and reduce dullness, pigmentation, and redness from scarring. The result: Pycnogenol quickens up your skin’s healing time to get your acne scars gone faster. The Ordinary Pycnogenol is formulated to be free of alcohol, water, oil, silicone, gluten, and nut ingredients. This serum is also vegan and cruelty-free.

  • Never heard of Pycnogenol? Pycnogenol is a natural powerhouse extract from French maritime pine tree bark. The extract helps your skin increase its natural levels of hyaluronic acid and collagen.

Alpha-H Vitamin E is a serum that hydrates, protects, and soothes your skin. This serum can be used alone or applied after other serums for additional benefits. Remember to supplement any scar-fading routine with a daily sunscreen (like asap moisturising daily defence spf 50+, mentioned above).

  • Vitamin E is known to soften, fade, and aid in the healing of scarring.

Do you get breakouts on different areas of your body, not just on your face? this is a great pick if you’re looking to tackle marks, blemishes, texture, and dullness in your skin. The cream works by utilising 4 different active substances: Squalane, Centella Asiatica Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, and Marrubium Vulgare Extract. Each of these ingredients was chosen for its ability to reduce redness and to normalise the lost tissue structure that makes scars and stretch marks visible. Scars and Stripes also contains 3 different active Retinols that rejuvenate and soften the skin for better elasticity and a more uniform skin surface. This product helps revitalise the appearance of body skin, so it’s great to use leading up to an event (when you want to show up glowing like Beyoncé), or as a more regular maintenance product.

  • Daily SPF use is vital when using any Retinol product, to minimise the risk of sun damage.

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