Every day, we get questions from our customers about all things beauty. It can be about anything, from which products we personally swear by to exactly how to use them for best results. So this week, the BeautyMNL Editors are answering a few inquiries that came in through the mail. By that, of course, we mean our email: firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s no Q too big or too small, too strange or too simplistic, so keep ‘em coming, beautiful!
HOW DO YOU PREVENT AND LIGHTEN ACNE SCARS?
Pat: “My acne is not as bad as it used to be, but my skin is still covered with scars from old pimples. What can I do to treat them? Is there a way to prevent scarring before it happens?”
ANSWER: Acne scars are the worst reminders of pimples past. The good news is they aren’t irreversible! You’d be surprised how quickly dark spots can fade. But do keep in mind that there is no overnight cure. Since acne scars tend to be a recurring problem, the best way to fix them is with pre-emptive and habitual care. This means establishing long-term skincare practices that not only lighten scars over time, but prevent them from forming in the first place.
Below, learn about 4 skincare habits that keep your face spot-free!
1. NOT PICKING AT YOUR SKIN
As satisfying as it is, picking at pimples only provokes scarring and impedes healing. Plus, it transfers bacteria and can trigger even more breakouts. Our best advice: keep your hands away from your face completely.
What you should do is to invest in a set of pimple patches. Simply apply these hydrocolloid stickers over your active pimple and leave them on for at least a few hours (or, ideally, overnight). Continue to patch up your blemish until it has flattened substantially.
While these patches were made to treat open wounds, you don’t always need to pop your pimple to use them. Even on closed blemishes, hydrocolloid stickers will absorb surrounding bacteria, draw out impurities to the surface, and shorten the overall life span of your pimple. This allows your skin to heal as quickly as possible. The faster a pimple heals, the less likely it is to leave a scar.
WHAT WE USED: COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch, now on sale at P180 (limited time only). Shop it here!
2. EXFOLIATING EVERY WEEK
Consistent exfoliation delivers a bevy of benefits—one of them being the gradual lightening of acne scars. Buffing away dead skin cells allows you to shed off damaged layers. In the process, this also speeds up the production of newer cells, so your complexion appears clearer, brighter, and healthier overall.
For hassle-free exfoliation, peeling pads are our top choice. Immediately after cleansing, simply sweep a pad over your skin using light, circular motions. This will buff out texture, clarify pores, and remove dead skin. No rinsing required!
Regular exfoliation keeps your skin in a continuous cycle of repair. As dead cells are removed, newer and healthier skin layers are pushed to the top. This prevents hyper-pigmentation (which causes dark spots) from sinking too deep into the skin—making scars easier and faster to treat.
WHAT WE USED: Banila Co. Hi Bye Vita-Peel Clear Pad, P950. Shop it here!
3. USING A BRIGHTENING TREATMENT
To speed up results, supplement your regular skincare regimen with a concentrated brightening treatment. This can come in the form of an oil, serum, or active. For best results, look for potent brightening ingredients like Vitamin C, glutathione, or galactomyces.
Our personal go-to is a beloved oil blend by V&M: the CPC+G Oil. It’s a combination of 4 powerful whitening ingredients that really work. Immediately after toning, dab the oil directly over your scars. If you have super sensitive skin, just mix a few drops into your moisturizer to dilute the oil.
As with any skin issue, using a targeted solution will provide more visible results, faster. This is because concentrated ingredients work more aggressively to lighten dark spots—as opposed to just providing general brightening. Just make sure to use your treatment religiously!
WHAT WE USED: V&M Naturals CPC+G Oil, P350. Shop it here!
4. WEARING SPF EVERY DAY
Lastly, make sure to wear sun protection daily! UV rays can quickly intensify acne scars. So, by wearing SPF, you prevent existing spots from getting even darker.
Choose a formula with at least SPF 30. For maximum protection, a broad-spectrum SPF 50+ is great, too. Then, just apply your sunscreen every morning after moisturizer, before makeup.
Wearing sunblock is probably the most important habit when it comes to treating scars. Without proper protection, any progress you make in fading them will quickly go to waste. So, whether you’re indoors or outdoors, wear SPF!
WHAT WE USED: Esfolio Blue Flower Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++, P549. Shop it here!
So long, spots!
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NOTE: Customer names have been changed to protect privacy.
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