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The Best Acne Scar Treatments for Blemish-Free Skin

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year ago | Updated
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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

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum

£8.29 £8.60 (4% off)

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.

The INKEY List Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment

The INKEY List Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment

£8.29

This non-drying, targeted treatment from Inkey List allows you to clear blemishes fast, reduce inflammation and prevent clogged pores. With a cream formula, it can be easily layered under makeup without flaking. Formulated with 2% Succinic Acid, this treatment gently reduces blemish size, reduces oil levels and unblocks pores whilst also helping prevent them from clogging again after use.

Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer

Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer

£62.00 £67.50 (9% 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 that include alpha and beta hydroxy acids as well as enzymes that help to smooth the skin and promote a renewed, flawless layer that encourages a brighter complexion.

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum

£16.62 £19.00 (13% 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

Allies of Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Sleeping Facial

£95.00 £115.00 (18% off)

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.

Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour

Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour

£69.00

The Silver Skin Saviour from Omorovicza 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 colloidal silver and niacinamide blend.

Filorga Pigment Perfect Dark Spot Corrector Serum

Filorga Pigment Perfect Dark Spot Corrector Serum

£33.54

Filorga will have your skin looking and feeling baby-soft in no time. Boasting a special extract of hop that regulates melanin synthesis, this formula visibly brightens dark spots caused by acne and sun damage.

Murad InvisiScar Resurfacing Treatment

Murad InvisiScar Resurfacing Treatment

£33.29 £35.00 (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.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Gel B5

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Gel B5

£11.40 £15.00 (24% off)

Let go of all your acne-scar stress as this soothing gel that provides both short- and long-term results. With just one application, it instantly laces skin with an invisible barrier that promotes cell recovery of new and old scars.

NIOD Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid 30% Network

NIOD Ethylated L-Ascorbic Acid 30% Network

£35.79 £37.00 (4% off)

NIOD supply an oil-free serum that’s bursting with all the high-performing antioxidants, acids and vitamins your skin needs. Targeting uneven skin tone, dark spots, scarring and pigmentation, it’s essential for your post-breakout skin care routine.

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

£47.00

If you’re looking for fast, visible results then get a load of this dark spot solution from Kiehl’s. It combines activated C with peony extract in order to penetrate skin and correct discolouration. With daily use, you can even prevent dark marks from forming in the future.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Spot Treatment

Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Spot Treatment

£40.00

Dr. Barbara Sturm is our go-to girl whenever we're experiencing stressed out skin, and her Clarifying Spot Treatment is nothing but a saving grace.

The formula itself is packed with blemish-busting ingredients like tea tree oil, zinc oxide, vitamin B3 and maclura bioflavonoids, all of which help to clear skin, encourage renewal and prevent scarring. If that wasn't impressive enough, it also arrives in three tinted shades so you can keep blemishes and redness concealed throughout the day.

Paula's Choice Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

Paula's Choice Clear Daily Skin Clearing Treatment

£6.62

Zap away acne-causing bacteria, redness and blemishes with this triple-action formula. Paula’s Choice provides a non-irritating treatment that restores a healthy complexion, all whilst protecting skin from future breakouts.

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

Sunday Riley U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil

£34.00

A dab of Sunday Riley's infamous green potion is all you need to clear up your complexion. The U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is a potent salicylic acid medicated dry oil suitable for blemished skin and acne sufferers. Salicylic acid, tea tree oil and black cumin seed oil work together to clear blackheads and congested pores, whilst liquorice brightens any discolouration from previous acne scars.

CosRx Centella Blemish Cream

CosRx Centella Blemish Cream

£22.79 £24.00 (6% off)

Never let the backend of a breakout dull your complexion, as COSRX provide a professional cream treatment that takes care of everything from scars to blemishes and imperfections.

The Centella Blemish Cream is a calming moisturiser that supplies stressed out skin with instant relief. Powered by centella asiatica leaf, it soothes, protects and nourishes even the most sensitive complexions.

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?

Carly Cochrane

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. 

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