I think we can all agree that acne sucks and acne scars suck even more. Who wants to be burdened by red or brown marks that can last weeks, and if you’re unlucky, months?! These scars mean having to pile on more makeup and concealer *cues sad music*.
Well, lucky for us all, besides the more expensive and tedious laser treatments, there are a whole bunch of products out there that are targeted to get rid of these hated scars. Here are some recommendations for the best acne scar removal products! (P.S. Do share with us in the comments below if you have any other product recommendations!)
1. Bio-Oil ($8.90)
Also known as the world’s leading scar and stretch mark product, Bio-Oil is famed for its ability to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tones. Besides this, this cult favourite oil product can also help with aging and dehydrated skin. P.S. Do note that this product cannot remove scars completely though.
How to use:
To apply, simply massage the product in a circular motion into the scar, twice daily, for a minimum of three months.
Promising review: “This oil is so hydrating that I could feel an improvement in my skin right away. It is reducing my acne scars as well.” – Kellyson M.
2. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) ($44.90)
La Roche-Posay has always been known for their excellent range of products targeted at sensitive skin and acne-prone skin with the newly improved Effaclar Duo (+) being one of the best acne scar removal products to get. Formulated to eliminate blemishes, imperfections and unclog blocked pores, this fresh gel-cream claims to be able to provide visible results from just 12 hours! Plus points for its non-sticky, non-greasy and mattifying finish, which actually makes it an awesome makeup base!
How to use:
Apply to the whole face in the morning and/or evening after cleansing your skin. Take a small amount of cream, warm the cream between fingers and gently apply to face from the inside to the outside. The cream can also double up as a makeup base.
Promising review: “After using this product I can honestly say that is the best product for sensitive skin so far! Smooth skin and without acne after just 10 days maximum. I used three bottles till now and I will certainly buy it again.” – Eleanor P.
3. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream ($19.90)
Want something all-natural? COSRX Centella Blemish Cream is one of the best acne scar removal products packed with natural ingredients! Made with natural ingredients to calm and reduce acne scars, it has a magic ingredient called Centella Asiatica, which is also known as leaf water, an antibacterial herb that is traditionally used to heal damaged or burned skin and to help prevent and reduce scarring. It does not leave your skin feeling oily but it leaves your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. After prolonged usage of it, you’ll find yourself waking up in the morning feeling rejuvenated and fresh. Your acne will also be almost fully healed and ready to flake away.
How to use:
Apply the cream to areas of dryness, blemishes, and/or acne prone areas after cleansing and application of toner and serum. Spread the product out evenly to help with absorption. The product is suitable to be used both in the day and night.
Promising review: “This is a MUST HAVE product for me. It is a pimple buster. The COSRX Centella Blemish Cream ANNIHILATES my small pimples overnight! It significantly reduces bigger pimples overnight. It also helps reduce and calm the redness I sometimes get around my nose and on my cheeks. The “Centella Asiatica” ingredient in the cream gives a minty, tingling feeling when you first apply it on your skin; but to me it’s refreshing. Some may say the smell is somewhat medicinal, but I find the smell soothing and would bear with it simply because it is SO effective in getting rid of pimples.” – Rosy L.
If you’re all about getting the bang for your buck, you’ll really love the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimiser from Clinique that comes in a dual-chamber bottle that provides both a spot correction product AND a soothing optimiser product. This two-pronged approach helps eliminate the appearance of dark spots and blemish marks, and also keeps the skin calm, which will help it better combat future darkening. Psst, you won’t even have to worry about the uneven application because each product will be dispensed in balanced proportions with the dual-chamber pump! If this doesn’t make it one of the best acne scar removal products, we don’t know what will!
How to use:
Dispense 1 – 2 pumps of product onto fingertip and gently spread the serum all over face and neck after cleansing your face. Recommended to use twice a day, both in the morning and night.
Promising review: “Bought the smaller bottle to try it. I used it twice a day until the bottle was gone. I noticed my brown spots on my cheeks lightened. So now I am buying the bigger bottle to get rid of the rest of my spots. It also makes your skin feel soft!” – Stellina F.
5. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum ($24.99)
A well-known cult favourite product from Wishtrend, the Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum contains 5% Vitamin C but is still gentle enough for all skin types. Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant used in skincare to provide the best anti-aging protection and is also a great brightening ingredient. This serum is perfect for fading brown spots, protecting the skin from pigmentation, and brightening and evening out the skin tone.
How to use:
Apply to face after cleansing and toning. The product can be used as either a spot corrector or as a serum for the entire face and neck. Recommended to finish off with a moisturiser. P.S. Product can also be mixed in with moisturiser for sensitive skin types.
Promising review: “This is the first Vitamin C serum I’ve ever tried and I love it! I have acne scars and hyperpigmentation and this has readily helped with that! I also have acne prone skin and I really feel like this is so nourishing and healing!” – Nena A.
6. Naruko Tea Tree Post Blemish Corrector ($14.43)
Dubbed as an “Instant Corrector” that erases all blemishes with just one drop, the Naruko Tea Tree Post Blemish Corrector helps not only to fade blemishes and spots but also soften and moisturise the skin, balance sebum production and many more. Besides all these benefits, it also helps with smoothing, firming and boosting skin elasticity.
How to use:
Apply to acne and blemish areas after cleansing in the morning and evening. This product can be used over makeup too.
Promising review: “Naruko is one of the best Tea Tree products in the market. The serum seeps easily into the skin and I simply love the fragrance because it makes me feel calm. Recommended for acne-prone or oily skin” – Tatiana K.
7. Vichy Ideal White Meta Whitening Essence ($78.00)
Vichy has always been known for its Mineral 89 range but have you heard of their whitening range as well? It claims to be able to correct seven pigmentation disorders and will give your skin an immediate fair and rosy glow upon application. This essence also helps restore and boost the skin’s metabolism, providing intense hydration at the same time. If you’re concerned about brown spots, uneven complexion or dull skin tone, this is one of the best acne scar removal product for you!
How to use:
Apply the product every morning and/or in the evening as part of your skincare routine.
Promising Review: “I have problems with whitening solutions which I have used before, but with this product, I am starting to finally see a difference. The packaging is nice and it also looks expensive, which is nice to have! Even as a first time user, I feel like I can already see a difference! I would recommend.” – Isobel P.
8. [By Wishtrend] Teca 1% Barrier Cream ($37.20)
Essentially a spot cream formulated to strengthen, calm and improve your skin’s overall health, this is the go-to “pimple cream” for many. With one of the prime ingredients being Centella Asiatica, it is designed to regenerate skin and restore damaged and weakened skin barrier. Besides this, it is also able to help prevent acne scars!
How to use:
Apply an adequate amount of product to problem areas as part of the last step of your skincare routine.
Promising review: “This product really works its magic fast. Within a week, the pigmentation left from my acne is gone, and it doesn’t clog my pores so no more acne forms. Works extra well with the Vitamin C Drops!” – Katharine S.
9. Troiareuke ACSEN Recovery Cream ($74.93)
Looking for one of the best acne scar removal products for sensitive skin? ACSEN (Acne + Sensitive) is actually a special line that is designed for acne and sensitive skin and is formulated with ingredients such as Centella Asiatica, Portulaca extract, Argan oil to give targeted spot treatment on your skin’s problem areas. Other than acne scars, it is also suitable to be used on surgery or injury scars to lighten its appearance.
How to use:
The product can be used as a spot cream on acne or scar areas. Apply an adequate amount as the last step of your skincare routine.
Promising Review: “Another Korean product that is completely worth it despite the heavier price tag! If you have horrible acne scars or just scars in general, I’ll totally recommend this product.” – Jania G.
10. COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid ($17.90)
COSRX needs no introduction as the go-to brand if you’re looking for a wide range of products with specific targeted treatments. The BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is an essence that helps to exfoliate, brighten and whiten the skin, while providing a deep cleanse from within, cleaning your pores. Its whitening effects are also excellent to provide a more even skin tone.
How to use:
Apply a small amount of the product to the target area in the morning and/or at night after cleansing your face. Massage the product in lightly to allow full absorption.
Promising Review: “This stuff is amazing. I love that it doesn’t irritate my skin or cause any redness, while still being effective. I use this in the morning under my moisturiser, and it layers beautifully with other products (no pilling, balling up, etc.). Application is nice and smooth, and it dries pretty quickly. It has helped greatly to decrease my closed comedones, blackheads, and clogged pores. At night, I use the COSRX AHA and it is fantastic as well. This combination of both the BHA and AHA has helped my skin tremendously. The biggest difference it has made is in the texture of my skin.. my skin has never been so smooth and glowing in my whole life! I can’t believe how affordable COSRX products are considering its effectiveness. They are easily some of the best products I’ve ever purchased. My skin is sensitive and dries out easily, but these are not stripping whatsoever. The acne I do have is extremely stubborn and hasn’t budged no matter what I’ve used (including Accutane), and COSRX has been an absolute miracle. Give it time, as it’s not an overnight improvement. However, after almost 2 months of use the COSRX BHA and AHA combo has almost completely cleared my skin. HG status for sure. – Gena P.
Kiehl’s is another brand to look to for the best acne scar removal products! Known as one of Kiehl’s best-sellers, this Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a targeted dark spot corrector that is formulated to help boost radiance and improve skin clarity over time. It is formulated with Activated C plus White Birch and Peony Extracts, which are known to help visibly reduce dark spots, restore hydration and nutrients, and protect against oxidative damage respectively too.
How to use:
Apply dark spot corrector in the morning and night, before the moisturiser step. The solution can also be used as a spot treatment over the entire face.
Promising Review: “I received a complimentary sample when I placed an order with Kiehl’s. I was skeptical but gave it a try. I patted on my visible dark spots and around my mouth only. The sample lasted about three weeks. I couldn’t believe my eyes at how my dark spots were diminished with consistent use. While they haven’t disappeared completely, they have lightened considerably. I am now planning on purchasing a bottle.” – Joce S.
What other products have you tried before? Let us know your HG-status product recommendations in the comments below!
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