Have Acne Scars And Dark Spots? You Need These Skincare Products
Dealing with an unexpected pimple (or two) is annoying enough, but the marks that they leave behind are even worse. Some of them can take months to fade. Pigmentation, uneven skin tone and acne scars are common skin issues many people suffer from. The main causes of these skincare woes are often inflammation, skin damage and overexposure to the sun. While you can’t wave a magic wand have these marks disappear overnight, there are plenty of skincare products out there to help you lighten those scars and marks. Scroll through the gallery to see some of the best products we’ve picked out to help to lighten those marks.
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Text: Sofia Kim / FEMALE / September 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim, Joyce Cheo, Smita DeSouza
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SK-II GenOptics Spot Pen, $190
A potent cocktail of brightening and skin conditioning ingredients like the WH Smart Cocktail and the brand’s propriety Pitera, this spot treatment works to tackle dark spots. Plus, the magnetic applicator allows for three times better absorption as compared to if you used your fingers. Combined with the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, it will help you achieve crystal clear skin.
Allies of Skin Mandelic Pigment Corrector Night Serum, $138
Your ally when it comes to tackling pigmentation, breakouts and dullness. Packed with a mix of 11 percent mandelic, lactic and salicylic acid this potent serum that is gets to the root of the problem so you have clearer, smoother, brighter skin. These exfoliating ingredients are supported by 14 brighteners and antioxidants that reduce free-radical damage. With regular use, blemishes are reduced, skin is brighter and more even toned.
Origins Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel, $34
Not only will this spot treatment take the sting out of that painful, red pimple, its anti-spot technology will also help reduce any marks left behind by the offending blemish. It also has caffeine and red algae that help soothe and calm irritation, as well as exfoliating ingredients that help reduce skin congestion.
Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Acne Spot Treatment, $52 for 20ml
Formulated with mineral sulfur, this spot treatment effectively kills bacteria and reduces swelling to diminish the appearance of blemishes. At the same time, it also contains niacinamide which speeds up skin healing and brightens the complexion to minimise post-blemish marks.
SkinCeuticals Discoloration Defense, $159 for 30ml
Effective against all types of skin discolouration, including dark spots, uneven skin tone and even post-blemish scarring, this features a synergistic blend of clinically-proven ingredients to fade existing pigmentation and prevent future recurrence. When used all over, it’s effective in evening out skin tone while applied directly on dark spots and scars, it helps improve specific areas. Over time, even stubborn pigmentation is reduced so your skin tone looks brighter and more unified.
Verso Dark Spot Fix, $275 for 15ml
This retinol- and niacinamide-rich formula not only speeds up cellular regeneration, it also combats unwanted dark spots, all while being completely gentle to your skin. Apply directly on areas of concern and watch as the look of your skin improves over time.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta® Universal Daily Peel, about $119 for 30 uses
Recreate in-clinic results with this at-home daily peel. Comprising two-steps, the first step involves wiping your skin with the exfoliating acids-infused towelette to dissolve dead skin cells and stimulate skin turnover. Follow with step 2, which douses skin with a soothing cocktail of antioxidants and botanical extracts. Over time, dark spots and scars are diminished, fine lines are softened and your skin texture looks more refined.
Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Targeted Spot Brightener, $94 for 15ml
With a powerful blend of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid, this concentrated spot brightener combats melanin production and increases collagen production so your skin becomes plumper and more even. And you don’t have to worry about sensitivity as the formula is also infused with aloe vera and allantoin to soothe irritation and take away redness.
Kate Somerville D-scar Scar Diminishing Serum, $73 for 20ml
Specifically formulated to tackle scars, it works on new and stubborn scars to reduce unwanted marks. At the centre of its formula is DS-7, the microencapsulated peptide which is essential in speeding up the skin renewal process to eliminate existing melanin and smooth out the complexion.
Hiruscar Post Acne, $22.90 for 10g
Perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin, this anti-scar gel lightens dark marks, improves the appearance of depressed scars as well as prevents future breakouts. Moreover, it has a non-greasy and fast-absorbing formula so that it doesn’t disrupt makeup application.
Shiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector, $155
This intensive anti-spot serum is formulated with its exclusive microtarget and sakuraresist technologies which help diminish the appearance of dark spots and hyper-pigmentation.
Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer, $105
This combines a clinical-strength serum, to help diminish the appearance of dark spots and blemishes, and a soothing optimiser that keeps skin calm, helping it resist future darkening.
Skin Inc Vitamin C Serum, $68
Made with a cocktail of ingredients such as vitamins C, B6 and E, this minimises the appearance of pores, treats acne scarring and controls sebum production.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo, $38.90
This contains micronised benzoyl peroxide to visibly reduces all types of acne blemishes and penetrates deep into pores to clear blackheads and whiteheads.
Fresh Peony Brightening Foam Face Cleanser, $64
This cleanser is specially formulated to help even out skin tone and protect it against environmental pollution to achieve a clearer and more even-looking complexion.
M.A.C Lightful C 2-in-1 Tint and Serum with Radiance Booster, $93
This features a serum and a tint which contains the brand’s Lightful Radiance Booster to brighten skin and lighten dark spots.
Algenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum, $155, Sephora
Formulated with alguronic acid, microalgae oil and vitamin C, this reduces the appearance of wrinkles and boosts radiance for a more even complexion.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting, $93, Sephora
This oil-free serum improves your overall complexion by boosting radiance and reducing the appearance of existing dark spots and acne marks.
Bio-Oil Specialist Skincare, $15.50, Watson
Besides helping to fade away scars and stretch marks, it also helps to hydrate and improves uneven skin tone.