Acne scars suck, they can literally take a beautiful surface and turn it into something unrecognizable. While a few people can afford to use lasers and Retin-A to treat this unattractive skin condition, a majority of us don’t find the aforementioned options plausible. Consequently, we are forced to turn to over-the-counter treatments if we must see an improvement in our skin.
Product Links: Glam Glow Flash Mud Brightening, Advantage Mark Treatment, Kate Somerville, Bio Oil Specialist Skincare, Murad acne spot Lightening Gel, Kiehls Dark Spot Corrector, Drunk Elephant Glycolic Night Serum, Clinique Even Better, The Renee Rouleau Post – Breakout Fading Gel.
Note: This post was culled from businessinsider.com
In this video, I am going to be taking you through 9 tried and tested skin lighteners
First up is Glam Glow Mud Brightening Treatment.
1. Glam Glow Flash Mud Brightening Treatment
According to a beauty contributor on business insider, this is not something you can use every day, but weekly in addition to the other mainstays on this list. The writer calls it the worst enemy of acne scars. She alluded to the fact that they are not as effective. The price is not looking budget friendly either, it costs about $69.
2. Advantage Mark Treatment
This clean and clear tube uses a known acne fighting ingredient -salicylic acid – to help treat pimples and lessen post breakout marks. Things are looking comparatively better in the cost department as least going off of our previous product as this one goes for less than $8.
3. Kate Sommerville: The next product is for big boys and girls as it cost a whopping $98. And this price tag is for a reason. Apparently, it is modeled after the most popular treatment in a known celebrity beauty clinic in Beverly hills. The Kate Somerville’s Beverly hills clinic. It’s side effect include the minimization of the duration and healing time of zits. Another selling point is that it has the added benefit of retinol (an anti-wrinkle treatment).
4. Bio Oil Specialist Skincare. I’m sure a lot of you are familiar with this product as a stretch mark treatment or may have used it in the past to even out your skin tone. Well, it claims to diminish scars, even out skin tone, visibly improve sign of aging and replenish dehydrated skin. In the words of Megan McIntyre, “while I can’t attest to the whole stretch mark thing – which is what it’s best known for – I can tell you it’s one of the most effective than many products twice its price tag.” It cost $15.99.
5. This next product I really like–Well, mostly because of its brand name. It is the post – acne spot Lightening Gel by Murad. A lot of you may not like the sound of this but this contains Hydroquinone. Yes! About 2%: the amount allowed for over the counter medications. Generally, there is no need to shy away from Hydroquinone. You just need to remember this, apply only on the affected area. if not, you risk lightening your overall complexion. Also stick to a six to three-month application interval. Which means take a break from using Hydroquinone every six weeks, some dermatologist recommends every 3 month, So, we’ll take it on a case by case basis but never less than six weeks. You can get the Murad post acne spot lightening gel for $60.
6. Are you ready for number 7? Kiehls oh! What a brand. Although I never used this particular dark spot corrector, I have heard many good things about it. It is super light and helps to both zap acne scars and even out your skin tone. It uses activated vitamin c, which has proven to combat discoloration. It will cost you about $49.50.
7. How many of you have heard of the brand Drunk Elephant? Well in addition to its endless product line, the brand offers a pigment corrector in form of Glycolic acid to its consumers. This Glycolic Night Serum promises to purge your skin of blackheads, exfoliate dead skin, lighten existing pigmentation, but comes with a hefty price tag. It costs about $90.
8. Next up is a brand we all are familiar with, Clinique. I was first introduced to this product when I was maybe 18 years old my mom used to always have it in her skincare cabinet. More specifically the shorter container which comes in a square package and have a greenish cover. It is the “even better” dark spot corrector. it’s shown to improve not only acne scars but sun damage and age spots. If you use it as directed (twice daily) you can expect to see results in four to 12 weeks. You can get it on Amazon or at any Clinique retailer for $ 49.50.
9.Last but not least, is the Renee Rouleau Post – Breakout Fading Gel. From what I’ve heard, it really does what it says. It is specifically formulated for post breakout recovery. Going off consumer reviews it’s considered a big relief, a breath of fresh air somewhat, amidst a sea of false promising products. You can get it for just $30.50.