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How to fade post acne marks?

Looking for a product to help fade post acne marks. I have reddish dark spots everytime i get a pimple and have been using the caudalie vinoperfect serum. I have noticed a very subtle difference but I am wondering if there is something different I can try once I finish the serum. I am about halfway through. I am curious about the first aid beauty niacinamide dark spot serum and the Sephora vit c and e serum. Has anyone tried that or has any other recommendations? 

Re: How to fade post acne marks?

I used faded but topicals (found at sephora) and good molecules discoloration serum (ulta) have been helping me a lot on my journey. 

Re: How to fade post acne marks?

@SlimNShady  I usually get PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) with acne. To decrease the dark spot, I apply azelaic acid + salicylic acid to acne, ideally while the acne’s still active. Azelaic acid fights acne-causing bacteria and PIH. My favorite product is Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster 1 oz/ 30 mL which contains a bit (0.5%) of BHA; I sometimes layer it over one of the Paula’s Choice BHA exfoliants. If you don’t want a cream product, consider FaceTheory Lumizela Azelaic Acid Serum which has a milky texture. It’s also 10% azelaic acid. You can even get a 20% azelaic acid Rx from your doctor if necessary. 


Alpha arbutin and kojic acid are also great for hyperpigmentation. A product containing both is Hyper Skin Mini Brightening Dark Spot Vitamin C Serum 0.5 oz/ 15 mL : it does also contain a vitamin C derivative but, for my particular skin, the other 2 brightening ingredients are more effective. 

Also: with just about any topical skincare product/ingredient for hyperpigmentation, results will happen gradually. That’s true for vitamin A (retinoids/retinol), alpha arbutin, vitamin C, niacinamide, hydroquinone (still the gold standard, though it’s no longer available OTC on the US), azelaic acid, kojic acid, AHA exfoliants—those are all good ingredients to look for in products. But they’ll all take time to work. The only quick fix is laser treatment at a dermatologist’s office/clinic. 

Re: How to fade post acne marks?

@SlimNShady  Products containing silicone and arbutin are great for fading spots.  Silicones help

with scar healing, smoothing and fading and arbutin works really well for color fading both freckles and scarring. 
Also, eating a diet high in natural minerals like vitmain A copper and zinc helps with skin healing. Taking a vitmain c supplement or increasing your vitmain c intake naturally also promotes collagen synthesis and skin healing. 

Peter Thomas Roth Peter Thomas Roth Acne Spot and Area Treatment 0.5 oz The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Hyperpigmentation Serum Blume Milky Fade Spot + Scar Serum 1 oz/ 30 mL 

Re: How to fade post acne marks?

Hey @SlimNShady ! Those options you mention are very good. Fighting hyperpigmentation is frustrating because it is a very slow process. Both Niacinamide and Vitamin C help with hyperpigmentation. Other great ingredients you can add to your routine are the following 

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Hyperpigmentation Serum 

The INKEY List Tranexamic Acid Hyperpigmentation Treatment 1 oz/ 30 mL 

These two are very affordable but active ingredients. 

And as always, keep using your SPF!!

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