How To Lighten Acne Scars

How To Lighten Acne Scars

How to lighten acne Acne spots or scars ever go away?? How do you treat them and lighten them??

The answer is, YES! Acne scars CAN go away and you CAN treat and lighten them. Read on -- or click the link below to watch our short video -- to find out how with these following methods!

Acne scars can range from a mild reddish-brown spot to a more severe dark-brown-to-purple pock mark. They all fall under the same category and are called "POST-INFLAMMATORY HYPERPIGMENTATION".

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation can be lightened through the following methods:


To prevent the scars from even appearing in the first place, use a high SPF sunscreen, preferably one with mostly mineral-based ingredients. Look for: Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxide, or Titanium Dioxide.

Mineral-based sunscreens are better for preventing Hyperpigmentation versus chemical-based sunscreens. If you see ingredients that end in "ZONE" like Avobenzone, that's a clue that it's a chemical-based sunscreen.

You want to avoid chemical sunscreens because if you are using one in addition to lightening-and-brightening products, they can sensitize the skin causing your skin to react to the sunscreen.

Click HERE to find out more about which sunscreen is best for your skin type!

2. How to lighten acne scars tip #2 : REGULAR EXFOLIATION

To lighten acne scars, exfoliate your skin on a regular basis in the EVENING, not in the morning. Again, even though exfoliation helps lighten the scars and Hyper pigmentation, they can also be DARKENED when exposed to the Sun.

Find products that contain Glycolic Acid to increase skin cell turnover rate to quickly start lighten the skin tone, and phytic acid which is derived from rice so it will lighten and brighten.

I LOVE this exfoliator because it is a 3 in 1.

It can be used with your Image cleanser to boot the properties of your cleanser.

It can be used alone as a scrub.

It can be used as a mask for DEEPER exfoliation.

IMAGE Skincare Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque, 2 oz.

Find out which exfoliation is the BEST for your SKIN TYPE

3. How to lighten acne scars tip #3 : USE MORE CONCENTRATED SKINCARE PRODUCTS

Look for lightening-and-brightening products that have the following ingredients: Vitamin C, Arbutin, Kojic Acid, Lactic Acid, Green Tea Extract, and Niacinamide.

There is a LONG list of ingredients that can lighten-and-brighten Acne scars and Hyperpigmentation, but we love these because they are more naturally-based ingredients versus chemically-based.

The higher the percentage of these ingredients in the skincare products, the better they'll work to lighten and brighten your skin.

Here are some products that have worked well with my clients who have had stubborn Hyperpigmentation:

**NOTE- These products work best in conjunction with other lightning products, especially if it is a medical grade product.

4. How to lighten acne scars tip #4:  AVOID SUN EXPOSURE

A simple way to avoid Acne scars and Hyperpigmentation, try to avoid exposing your skin to the Sun as much as possible. (In addition to wearing a high SPF sunscreen.) . For best sunscreens for oily, break out prone skin:

This has Patented "micro sponges" that break open when you start to produce excess oil and continue to absorb oil.  It also has moisturizers so it your skin does not overproduce oil. .

It also works as a primer to create a smooth even finish.

IMAGE Skincare Prevention+ Daily Matte Moisturizer SPF 32+, 3.2 oz.

If you have more severe forms of Acne, there are more aggressive treatments you can do...

5. Professioal Tips #5 : ACID PEELS & MICRO-DERMABRASION

Acid Peels can be a Lactic / Kojic Acid combination, Glycolic Acid, or Retinol Peel. Make sure you CONSULT A SKINCARE PROFESSIONAL before getting one of these treatments done. They can recommend whether you just need one Acid Peel or a series of Acid Peels to help lighten your skin.

Here's what you need to know BEFORE you make you're appointment.

If you have more severe pockmarks or deep, brownish-purple colored scars, then you may want to consider something even more aggressive, like Micro-Dermabrasion, in addition to the Acid Peels. Again, CONSULT A LICENSED SKINCARE PROFESSIONAL so they can recommend what the best treatment is for your skin.

If you have darker skin-tones are tend to tan easily, make sure if you decide to do a more aggressive treatment to do them SLOWLY. The faster the treatments, the more your skin may produce Melanin (darkening your skin even MORE). The treatments are causing trauma to the skin to lighten it, but your skin may respond by producing more Melanin.

Getting the treatments done slowly and less aggressively, they will lighten your skin more slowly, BUT that's what you want! To lighten your skin versus causing it to darken even more.

If you have lighter skin-tones or tend to have thinner skin, we recommend to consult a skincare professional and let them decide. They need to see the texture of your skin and how thin it is before they can recommend an appropriate treatment.

There you have it! Now you're ready to lighten and brighten those Acne scars and Hyperpigmentation spots. Remember to pay attention to the ingredients in the products and sunscreens you use and consult a skincare professional who will help guide you to the proper treatments.

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