After active acne clears away, the skin tends to leave post-acne scarring. A scar creates a raised or depressed area on the skin, resulting from a loss or overgrowth of tissue. There are ways to treat acne scarring including the following;

Treatments: Professional and medical-grade treatments such as

  1. microneedling – helps to stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin with mechanic micro insertions into the skin, causing acne scarring to significantly reduce in size and visibility.
  2. Chemical Peels – helps to regenerate the skin cells and provide a smoother, even-toned skin complexion. Certain acids (such as salicylic or glycolic acid) can lighten and reduce the size of acne scarring.
  3. Dermal Fillers – these are fantastic for deep, pitted indented scars. This helps to ‘fill in’ any depressed regions of the skin, creating a smoother and even canvas. To maintain results, more than 1 treatment would be needed.

 Products: Professional products recommended by your dermatologist or practitioner is always the best. The best ingredients for acne scarring are:

  1.  Niacinamide – this vitamin B3 helps to reduce pore size and diminish blemishes.
  2. Vitamin C – this antioxidant helps to lighten pigmentation and stimulate collagen and elastin.
  3. Kojic acid – this acid helps to brighten skin complexion and hydrate the skin.
  4.  Retinol/Vitamin A – this vitamin helps to increase cellular turnover, increase collagen and elastin production.
  5.  Azelaic Acid – this acid helps to reduce blemishes and breakouts, also creating an even-toned complexion.
  6.  Salicylic Acid – this acid helps to unclog pores, tighten pores and reduces visible breakouts and pigmentation from acne scarring. 

 General self-care:

  • Cleaning make-up tools regularly,
  • wash pillowcases weekly and disinfect call phones.
  • Avoid ingredients such as lanolin, isopropyl myristate, mineral oils and fragrance.
  • Be careful not to wash your face with hot water, over-exfoliate or treat the skin too aggressively.
  • Keep skin moisturised and hydrated.
  • Avoid pore-clogging, congestion-inducing habits like working out with makeup on, and not thoroughly cleansing the skin afterwards.
  • Practice a healthy lifestyle whenever possible- getting more sleep, a balanced diet, drinking more water, reduce caffeine intake and don’t smoke.


  1. Thanks so much for this tip. It was really helpful. I’ll make sure to try this to get ride of the spots that my acne has left . Ooo and the general self care tip was a great addition to it ☺️

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