If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know that I have problematic skin, I've had it for years and only in the last couple of months I've found products that have really improved my skin and now I've also discovered the best ingredients to help treat acne and acne scarring. In today's post, I'll be sharing with you the best ingredients to help fade acne scars!

Glycolic Acid

I'm sure you have all heard of glycolic acid before, it's in so many different skincare products and has some amazing benefits for the skin. Glycolic Acid is a water-soluble AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that actually comes from sugar cane. This ingredient has tiny sized molecules which means it can easily penetrate the skin which helps it to exfoliate the skin. Glycolic Acid is good for treating acne scars because it helps to reduce the visibility of scarring by penetrating the outermost layer of the skin and weakens the glue holding the damaged cells together, this helps to may way for new and healthier cells to take place on the surface of the skin. Another way that glycolic acid can improve scarring is by stimulating collagen and elastin, reduced collagen can cause more wrinkles to appear but it is also a reason why our skin can scar. If you are trying Glycolic Acid for the first time just be aware that it can cause some irritation if you have sensitive skin so use sparing and according to the product's instructions!

Products containing Glycolic Acid:

Lactic Acid 

This is another well-known ingredient that can be found in a lot of acne-fighting skincare products. Lactic Acid is a very similar ingredient to Glycolic Acid, it is also an AHA that is naturally derived this time it's from milk but this ingredient can also be in a synthetic form which is used a lot on cosmetics because its easier to formulate and stabilise. Lactic Acid also helps to exfoliate the skin by breaking down the material that holds dead skin cells together. Lactic Acid can help the appearance of acne scars because it works like a gentle peel to pull away dead skin cells and this can help to fade scars and also improve the texture of the skin. Lactic acid is also an ingredient that people with sensitive skin should introduce slowly to the skin at first and work their way up. 

Products containing Lactic Acid:
Now I know you have all heard of Salicylic Acid before and you have probably even used a product with this ingredient inside because it has so many great benefits for the skin. Salicylic Acid is a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) that also has exfoliating properties. Salicylic Acid is best for mild forms of acne and breakouts and if you have a more severe form of acne other ingredients might be more effective. Salicylic Acid also helps to dissolve dead skin cells that are clogging the pores creating spots and blackheads. Along with exfoliating the skin, Salicylic Acid helps to reduce swelling and redness and is one of the most popular ingredients for treating acne scars. Salicylic Acid is more of a mild exfoliator so even sensitive skins will be able to use products with this ingredient included. 

Products containing Salicylic Acid:
If you are a person that uses SPF regularly (I hope that's all of you) then you should have heard of Zinc Oxide before. Zinc Oxide is known as a physical sunscreen that also contains mineral ingredients which help to protect the skin from UV rays. Another benefit form Zinc Oxide is that it has skin healing properties by combatting skin irritation and inflammation so along with helping to prevent breakouts it can also help with scarring. When you already have acne scarring being exposed to sunlight can further darken acne scars and this is another reason why we all need to be wearing SPF daily! Using sun protection can make a big difference as to whether marks on the skin are long-lasting or not so make sure you start using your SPF daily if you're not already! 

Products containing Zinc Oxide:
If you are into skincare in general then you will definitely have heard of vitamin c before and all the different benefits that it has for this skin. Vitamin C is known as an ascorbic acid that's a water-soluble ingredient that's crucial for skin health. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant that can neutralise free radicals that can affect the body as well as the skin. When you have an acne breakout the skin needs time to heal and Vitamin C helps to improve acne scars by increasing collagen which is a protein that is responsible for the structure of the skin and vital for rebuilding healthy skin which in turn helps to speed up the healing process of acne scars. 

Products containing Vitamin C:
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Having ance and acne scarring has been hard for me but now that I know what products can truly help my skin it has made my life so much easier! Have you used any of these ingredients before?

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4 comments:

  1. Fab post! I always have problematic skin and am trying to work on stopping breakouts, improving skin texture and fading acne scars. Vitamin C is great, I love it!

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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  2. Lovely post, Aaliyah! I too have problem skin so this is super helpful for it. I actually have cystic acne so I've had doctors prescribe me some things! Thanks for sharing what help you! I'll pin this for later x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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  3. Another fab post from you! I had some acne as a teenager which luckily didn't scar. Some days I get red blemishes on my skin when I have a breakout but they're not even spots, they're just blobs that look horrible. I'll be using your tips for sure!
    Rosie

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  4. I'd like to try Salicylic acid but as I'm a diabetic, it's not good for us apparently! I like the others idea to use to get rid of acne scars though x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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