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Acne Scars - Cheat Sheet

Do you have acne prone skin and are looking for ingredients that are ideal for acne scars and other dark spots? We have got good news!

We have compiled a quick cheat sheet for you to help you fight those nasty acne scars and dark spots. Happy reading! <3


  • Topical Retinoids help to get rid of acne scars by blocking inflammation, decreasing acne lesions and speeding up cell regeneration

  • This can be very effective to manage and lighten post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation scars for those with darker skin tones

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  • A super mild and gentle acid for the skin

  • It gently peels away dead skin cells and improves the skin texture and smoothness

  • It works for all types of acne scars


  • A form of Vitamin B3, it helps in the neutralization of free radicals and to keep the skin healthy

  • Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce skin damage, repair the protective outer layer of the skin and help manage hyperpigmentation

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  • Arbutin works to reduce the look of dark spots and acne scarring because it helps to limit the production of excess melanin

  • Is very effective for post-blemish redness, age spots, and acne scars

  • It also helps to even out skin tone and reduce overall redness


  • Salicylic Acid is a common BHA in skincare that has been used to treat acne since years

  • Works effectively for all kinds of acne scars as it clears out the pores and reduces swelling and redness

  • It exfoliates the skin gently to remove dead skin cells, dirt and other debris that tends to accumulate and clog the pores


  • A potent antioxidant, Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals and reduce redness, swelling and significantly improve the appearance of acne

  • Its healing properties accelerate collagen production and help in rebuilding the skin's structure

  • Helps with hyperpigmentation, dark spots and sun damage too

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While all of these ingredients will help you get your skin back on track after a breakout has left its mark(s), but please donโ€™t attempt to use all of these ingredients at once or incorporate all of them into your daily skincare routine!

They help diminish acne scars but they are each potent in their own right and work by shedding away the top layers of your skin. If you apply them too often, or in very high concentrations, you could very well damage your skin, rather than helping it heal and regenerate.

So, stick to just one or two of these ingredients, alternate their frequencies (donโ€™t use two in one day and spread them out throughout the week). And above all, make sure to apply SPF every day after applying any of these ingredients to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Plus, donโ€™t forget the rest of your skincare! Youโ€™ll need to make sure youโ€™re replenishing, nourishing, and hydrating your skin with other ingredients in your routine.


You should select a few of these ingredients to incorporate them into your skincare routine.

Best facewash and cleanser for acne should include ingredients like Salicylic Acid. Check out cleansers, exfoliants, face washes here.

The Ordinary Acne Serums include: Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide, Alpha Arbutin, Lactic Acid, Retinols, Vitamin C. Check our The Ordinary range here.

There are moisturizers available with ingredients that target acne and acne scars by The Ordinary, Inkey List, La Roche Posay, Paulaโ€™s Choice and many more. Check all Moisturizers here.

Lastly, do not forget to use SPF every day. Check out a huge variety here.

We also have a whole section on Acne that you can find here.

Stay beautiful <3

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