- Best Acne Scar Treatments
The Best Acne Scar Treatments for Blemish-Free Skin
The angry acne that’s been wreaking havoc across your face is finally clearing up – hoorah! Soon, you’ll be pimple-free and ready to show off soft, smooth skin once again.
Or so you thought. If acne attacks aren’t frustrating enough, they love to leave behind battle scars. Whether it be in the form of pigmentation, dark spots or red blemishes, the remnants of a bad breakout can seriously affect our skin’s tone and texture.
Whilst a trip to a dermatologist or a special prescription would usually be the quickest way to get your skin back on track, beauty brands are continuously upping their game to bring us at-home treatments that perform just as well, from creams that lighten dark spots to serums that even skin tone.
Not only are we here to help you swot up on all that you need to know, but we've also rounded up the best acne scar treatments so that you can indulge in a clear complexion once more. Keep scrolling to find out more.
What is the best acne treatment for your face?
When it comes to tackling acne, there are many over-the-counter treatments you can use to help minimise breakouts, soothe inflammation and reduce redness. However, the best acne treatments will utilise the likes of salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and niacinamide. These particular ingredients are great at killing the bacteria that causes acne, removing excess oil and exfoliating away the dead skin cells that clog pores.
What are some natural acne treatments?
There are a few natural acne treatments you can try if you want to stay away from formulas that are heavy on the acids and chemicals. The most common natural remedies for acne include tea tree oil and witch hazel. You'll often find that the best acne treatments utilise these ingredients as they are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, meaning they can calm breakouts. However, it should be noted that these oils are also quite strong when in their purest form, and could cause further irritation if not used correctly.
Zinc is also a good option if you're looking for a natural acne treatment as the mineral has the ability to reduce inflammation and heal skin. Again, it's often one of the ingredients found in acne treatment formulas, however you can buy zinc supplements and use them alone.
What is the best acne treatment for teens?
Unfortunately, as we approach our teenage years our hormones tend to go wild and can sometimes change the appearance of skin. We understand that as a teenager, or as a parent of a teenager, you may be reluctant to putting strong formulas that are packed with acids on your face in order to try and curb acne breakouts. And while there are no specific or alternative ingredients that are better for teenage skin, some of the best skin care brands do offer over-the-counter products that are a little more suitable.
Brands such as La Roche-Posay and CeraVe offer gentle formulas that target both acne and oily skin, whilst NIP + FAB have the Teen Fix collection – an entire skin care range that is dedicated to keeping teenage skin under control.
As well as introducing the correct products and treatments into your skin care routine, dermatologists would suggest that those in their teenage years wash their face daily – twice a day if your skin is oilier – with the appropriate cleanser.
The best acne scar treatments:
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum£10.40
The Ordinary is best known for their affordable price tags and high-quality formulas, and this serum is certainly no different. Specially developed for blemish-prone skin, it utilises purified alpha-arbutin and hyaluronic acid in order to reduce the appearance of imperfections.
Murad Rapid Relief Spot Treatment£24.73
This non-drying, targeted treatment from Murad allows you to clear blemishes fast. With an invisible gel texture, it can be easily layered under makeup without flaking. Formulated with salicylic acid, this treatment gently reduces blemish size, reduces oil levels and unblocks pores whilst also helping prevent them from clogging again after use.
Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Liquid Peel£22.70 £29.00 (22% off)
Facial peels are your fast track to a new complexion and this one is totally safe to use at home. This exfoliating treatment contains precisely measured doses of alpha and beta hydroxy acids as well as enzymes that help to smooth the skin and promote a renewed, flawless layer.
CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum£19.03 £21.00 (10% off)
Light on the pocket, but super effective, Cerave is a firm-favourite here at the Cosmetify HQ, and this resurfacing retinol serum went straight in to our shopping bag when it was released. This gentle, yet effective serum works to refine your skin without compromising its protective barrier. Formulated with 3 essential ceramides, this lightweight and fast-absorbing serum helps restore your even skin tone and promote a healthy-looking complexion.
Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Sleeping Facial£129.00
Nourish problematic skin with Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Sleeping Facial which is a nightly, leave-on treatment working to combat breakouts, uneven skin tone and texture and clogged pores. It helps to soothe irritation to leave the skin softer, smoother and stronger when used over time.
PCA SKIN Acne Gel£46.00
The Acne Gel from PCA Skin boasts a powerhouse of ingredients, all of which are specially tailored for blemish- and acne-prone skin. Blemishes and breakouts are made a thing of the past, thanks to a salicylic and mandelic acid blend.
Verso Skincare Dark Spot Fix£85.00
Verso will have your skin looking and feeling baby-soft in no time. Boasting a high concentration of vitamin A (retinol), it corrects skin tone by fading and brightening the appearance of blemishes caused by breakouts.
Murad InvisiScar Resurfacing Treatment£36.24 £38.00 (5% off)
The healing powers of salicylic acid, vitamin C and centella asiatica combine to create the perfect post-breakout remedy. This anti-blemish treatment ensures that skin is soothed, strengthened and supported during and after an acne episode. It works by healing and exfoliating skin, so that scarring is less likely. Plus, the matte finish blurs imperfections, making it a great addition to any daily skin routine.
Medik8 Calmwise Colour Correct£17.00
Let go of all your acne-scar stress as this soothing gel provides both short- and long-term results. With just one application, it instantly comforts skin and calms any inflammation with chamomile and niacinamide, whilst mineral green pigments help to correct uneven skin tone.
NIP+FAB Salicylic Fix Spot Patches£10.95 £11.06 (1% off)
If you’re looking for fast, visible results then you'll want to stock up on these zit stickers from NIP+FAB. The transparent stickers are saturated with salicylic acid and tea tree in order to heal blemishes faster and prevent picking at spots. Working especially well on angry red breakouts, they're your fast pass to a less congested, calmer-looking complexion.
REN Clearcalm Non Drying Spot Treatment£14.50 £20.00 (28% off)
REN is our go-to whenever we're experiencing stressed-out skin, and this Clearcalm Non-Drying Spot Treatment is nothing but a saving grace.
The formula itself is packed with blemish-busting ingredients like willow bark, maritime pine, thyme extract and prebiotic chlorella extract, all of which help to clear skin, encourage renewal and prevent scarring.
Paula's Choice Breakout Fighting Bestsellers Kit£22.08
Zap away acne-causing bacteria, redness and blemishes with this trio of breakout-busting products from Paula’s Choice. Featuring the Clear Cleanser, 10% Azelaic Acid Treatment and the viral 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, it's all you need to overhaul your current skincare routine.
Antipodes Credo Probiotic Ferment Revitalise Serum£39.78
A dab of Antipode's potion is all you need to clear up your complexion. The Antipodes Credo Probiotic Ferment Revitalise Serum is a potent gel-serum that can be used daily to tackle acne-prone and problem skin. It features probiotics and high-tech ferments to clear blackheads and congested pores.
PharmaClinix Acnex Cream£39.99
Never let the backend of a breakout dull your complexion, as PharmaClinix provide a professional cream treatment that takes care of everything from scars to blemishes and imperfections.
The Acnex Cream is a daily moisturiser that clears acne, prevents future breakouts and minimises hyperpigmentation for all skin tones.
Adding these acne treatments to your skin care routine will undoubtedly help you get those nightmare blemishes and scars under control. In the meantime - as the expert formulas get down and dirty - why not browse The Best Foundation for Acne-Prone Skin?
Written by Carly Cochrane
As the Senior Content Editor for Cosmetify, Carly is the go-to for all the latest (and greatest) beauty tips, tricks and trends. With over six years of experience in the industry, she knows all the ins-and-outs when it comes to health, beauty and wellbeing.