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Acne scars can be frustrating, but there are many treatments that can make them less noticeable. Most scars are permanent, but a professional help can help you find the right treatment to help reduce the appearance of your scars.
What are the types of acne scars?
Depending on the type of scarring that acne has caused. There are mainly three types of acne scars:
- Atrophic scars. These scars appear as small indentations in the skin. These scars are commonly caused by pimples and breakouts.
- Hypertrophic scars. They are raised lumps of scar tissue where the acne once was. It happens when scar tissue builds up due to overproduction of collagen in the healing process.
- Keloid scars, which are similar to hypertrophic scars but are typically much thicker than the original acne spot. They are usually darker than the surrounding skin and can be red or brown.
Are acne scars red?
One common misunderstanding is that the red marks are acne scars when they really aren't. The red spots are hyper-pigmentation that occurs as the skin heals. The redness that linger after a pimple has healed are caused by post-inflammation that has disrupted the skin's natural healing process. So be sure to know what you are trying to treat first.
How to get rid of acne scars?
Acne scars removal depends on the severity of scarring. There are many professional treatments for acne scars that are available but costly.
- Laser treatment resurfaces the skin without the use of chemicals or scrubs. High-energy light removes the outer layers of skin and stimulates collagen production in the inner layer. It removes the uppermost layer of skin cells to reveal the younger skin cells underneath, which can help reduce the appearance of scarring.
It is not suitable for everyone, however, as its success is mostly dependent on the severity of acne scarring and their skin type. The treatment may also cause a reaction in some people with sensitive skin. It is best to seek professional medical advise before deciding on your laser treatment.
- Microneedling is another process of inserting tiny needles into the skin surrounding the scar to stimulate the body to make more collagen. This collagen may reduce the appearance of acne scars by smoothing out the skin. However, microneedling can cause side effects, for example redness, pain, and inflammation after the treatment, but these effects usually subside over time.
A dermatologist can also recommend chemical peels depending on a person’s skin type, acne severity, and scarring.
What are acne scars remedies that you can do at home?
A more affordable alternative would be skincare products that contains ingredients like ascorbic acid, salicyclic acid or retinoids, which are best products to lighten acne scars.
1) Ascorbic acid is commonly found in Vitamin C serums. The use of Vitamin C as a topical treatment can reduce the appearance of acne scars. When used regularly, vitamin C serums can make acne scars less visible. By promoting collagen production and tissue healing, the serum works to improve the overall appearance of the skin, and remove acne scars.
Research shows that high concentrations of vitamin C (10% and higher - typically found in targeted treatments or serums) are particularly effective for the skin. If your skin tone is uneven with dark spots, a lightweight liquid 12% vitamin C booster is ideal for layering.
Our highly reviewed and recommended Labelle STAY-C© 50 Serum, which contains a more stable form of Vitamin C also known as STAY-C© 50, has proven with reviews that it has helped to lighten acne spots and clear some of the redness in skin. Given that Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory, it does help reduce redness related to acne when used topically. This helps your skin to achieve a more even-toned complexion.
2) Salicylic acid is an ingredient in acne skin care products and often used as a chemical exfoliant. Salicylic acid helps clear dirt, skin cells, and other debris that leads to acne from the pores of the skin. It also helps reduce swelling and redness in the area, which may minimize the appearance of scarring. People with sensitive skin may need to test a product before using as it may cause dryness or irritation.
3) Topical retinoids may help get rid of acne scars. Topical retinoids block inflammation, reduce acne lesions, and speed up cell regeneration. And also could help lighten hyperpigmented acne scars. It is important to note that retinoids can make the skin sensitive to the sun. Anyone using retinoids for acne or scar treatment should wear sunscreen when going outdoors.
What are the benefits of Vitamin C serum?
It protects against skin damage
Vitamin C contains antioxidant properties which aids in your skin's natural regeneration process and helps repair damaged skin cells. Antioxidants reduce damage to our cells by neutralizing the production of free radicals, keeping our skin cells healthy.
It promotes collagen production
Vitamin C, especially combined with other antioxidants, will stimulate collagen to help lift up depressed acne scars. With the stimulation of collagen and elastin in skin, it helps make skin more plump and even out wrinkles. Collagen production is linked to skin elasticity and firmness. When your collagen levels begin to drop, your skin may begin to sag. Vitamin C is definitely one way to keep signs of premature aging away.
It helps fade hyperpigmentation
Vitamin C is also a well-known brightening agent that is used topically to fade and lighten dark acne spots. This is because it contains a property that inhibits your skin's melanin production, which is what causes skin discolouration like dark spots and hyper pigmentation. This leads to a healthier and even-toned complexion.
When to apply Vitamin C serum on face?
As a general rule, serums should be layered underneath your moisturiser. Be sure to check out our 10 Step Korean Skincare routine. Vitamin C can be applied twice daily, both morning and night, and is safe to layer with other skin care products. You can apply your Vitamin C serum in the morning or/and at night. In the day, it is another layer to protect your skin again free radicals and UV, and at night as a way to undo oxidative damage from the day.
If you're new to Vitamin C, start off with a few drops for each application. Those with sensitive skin may have allergies or redness from vitamin C, so start slow with a lower concentration and also try a test area first to make sure no allergy exists.
What makes a Vitamin C serum better?
In topical skin-care products, Vitamin C is generally sensitive to light and air, and will oxidize over time losing its effectiveness.
Labelle Vita C serum is not your usual vitamin C as it uses a much more stable composition (STAY-C© 50) instead of ascorbic acid. STAY-C© 50 is a vitamin C derivative with superior stability in formulations compared to straight ascorbic acid. Higher stability means that it does not oxidize as fast as other Vitamin C serums, and hence allows it to stay effective over a longer period of time.
We recommend that after opening your Vitamin C serums bottle, you should keep them in the refrigerator to prevent it from oxidizing and losing its effectiveness, or in cool dark spots to reduce exposure to light.
In all, we are confident Vitamin C can help heal blemishes, reduce hyperpigmentation, and give your skin the beautiful glow you always wanted.