Here Are the Best Products You Can Use to Treat Acne Scars
  • Acne treatment can be tricky and challenging, especially if you're in the process of finding the best products for your skin type. There are different ways to treat acne and scars, but it's possible to miss solutions that actually work. To help you narrow down your options, we've collated the best products you can use. Check them out below:

    Vitamin C Serums

    Vitamin C is probably one of the best brightening ingredients out there. Aside from counteracting sun damage, the antioxidant "contributes in the synthesis of collagen" and has "depigmenting and anti-inflammatory effects," according to Belo Medical Group's Dr. Anjelica Guzman.

    If you have trouble with dark spots, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation from acne, try incorporating Vitamin C into your skincare. Here are products you can try:

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    COSRX Triple C Lightning Liquid, $27, Sokoglam

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    KLAIRS Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, P1200, Watsons

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    KIEHL'S Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, P2995, Greenbelt 5

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    Face Oils

    1. Tea Tree Oil

    Tea Tree Oil can be used to treat pimples and the marks they leave behind. While there has yet to be conclusive research proving it effective for treating scars, we agree that it's worth a try as this oil is anti-inflammatory and heals active pimples to lower the chances of scarring.

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    THE BODY SHOP Tea Tree Oil, P495, Shangri-la Plaza

    2. Sunflower Oil

    Sunflower oil, or helianthus annuus in most ingredients lists, is another popular choice. This cold-pressed oil moisturizes the skin, retains moisture, and protects our skin barrier. It's also a natural source of omega-6 (linoleic acid), which keeps skin cells healthy, and it's rich in antioxidants that help prevent skin damage from free-radicals. Overall, it's a chemical-free alternative to preventing scars from worsening, but bear in mind that results will most likely be gradual than instant.

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    HUMAN NATURE Sunflower Beauty Oil, P299.75, SM North Edsa

    3. Bio-Oil

    Much has already been said about the scar-treating prowess of the Bio-Oil. It contains several ingredients known to lighten pigmentation, such as lactic acid (an AHA) and niacinamide, and oils and occlusives that'll moisturize the scarred area and make it less prone to irritation. The best part about it, though, is you can use it on your face and body!

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    BIO-OIL Skincare Oil, P495, Lazada

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    Exfoliating Acids

    1. Alpha Lipoic Acid

    Like Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid is a potent, water- and fat-soluble antioxidant with tons of skin benefits—scar reduction included. It's said to help aid cell metabolism and regenerate other antioxidants, both of which are key to smoother, more resilient, and even-toned skin.

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    THE ORDINARY Alpha Lipoic Acid 5%, P660, Beautymnl

    2. Lactic Acid

    Calling all the sensitive-skinned: Lactic acid is the mild AHA you need in your life. As it chemically sloughs off the rough, scarred top layer of your skin, it's gentler than other acids (i.e. glycolic acid) when used in optimal concentrations (10% or less) and only a few times a week. It works the same way as other AHAs in resurfacing your skin, but with an extra kick of hydration.

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    FIRST AID BEAUTY Facial Radiance Intensive Peel, P3236,

    3. Glycolic Acid

    Having the smallest molecule of all acids, glycolic acid penetrates easily into the skin, so it does an AHA's job (exfoliate the top layer of the skin) quickly and effectively. Using it once or twice a week will definitely improve your skin texture and tone overtime. A word of caution, though: It might sting a bit.

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    PIXI Glow Tonic, P990, Glamourbox; CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Essence, P1772,


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