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You thought the blemish was bad - then came the acne scarring afterwards! Acne scarring can be a real bummer - so learn how to tackle this unique form of pigmentation so you can get back to clear, calm skin in no time!

What is an acne scar?

Acne scars are actually a specific type of hyperpigmentation in the skin - called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This means that the skin has gone through a trauma (blemish!) and is now having an inflammatory response.

Scarring may also have a textural component to it, so its important that your acne scar treatment products tackle both the colour component, and the textural component of scarring.

OK, I understand what an acne scar is, now tell me how to get rid of acne scars!

As acne scarring is a form of pigmentation, the first step is to ensure you’re wearing a great daily SPF. We would recommend a minimum of SPF 30, but SPF 50 is even better - and don’t forget to reapply. Contrary to what you might expect, acne scarring will darken in the sun in the same way that a freckle will, so its important to maintain sun protection while treating your acne scarring.

Then, we would recommend a great acne scar treatment serum. This might mean a course of treatment that contains a great Vitamin C serum, or it might mean including an exfoliating serum. There is a whole heap under this category, it will just mean finding one that’s best for your budget, and skin type.

If you’re serious about you acne scar treatment products, you might even want to consider a Vitamin C serum in the morning, and an exfoliating pigmentation serum in the evening time. Don’t forget to give your skin a break every few nights to promote healing!

The third most important thing in getting rid of acne scars is PATIENCE and PERSISTANCE. Pigmentation can be one of the toughest skincare concerns to treat, and acne scars are no different! With proper care, you will be able to get rid of them - but it will take time, and you need to ensure you’re treating them every day.

What is the best serum for acne scars? The best acne scar treatment?

This is a really tough question because it depends so much on the rest of your skincare regimen, budget, skin type and other concerns!

Some really popular options for the best serum for acne scars could be SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum which will target the cause of the scarring (AKA the blemishes themselves!) as well as the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that can linger after the blemishes subside. You might also want to consider Murad Invisiscar Blemish Scar Treatment as a dedicated softening, smoothing and brightening treatment specifically designed for this type of acne scarring.

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