Hi everyone! This is Sophia from the SOS team. I am taking over the blog today to share what I learned from my facialist to fade acne scars. I use to struggle with persistent acne but ever since using Curology my acne problem has gone! However, I’m still left with a lot scars that I’ve been trying to get rid of for a long time. I finally found a routine that actually worked for me.
1. Vitamin C in the daytime
Hyperpigmentation is caused by excess melanin buildup on the skin. Vitamin C reduces melanin level, thus making it the perfect natural ingredient for brightening & treating uneven skin tones. I’ve been using the Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Vitamin C Day Serum for 2 months. My dark spots have faded and the overall complexion is brighter. It’s expensive but definitely worth the investment because you only need one pump every morning.
The sun is the major cause of hyperpigmentation, so it’s really important to wear sunscreen every day to prevent further darkening of the existing dark spots and scars. Especially if you include Vitamin C in your morning routine, sunscreen is a must. Vitamin C makes your skin more sensitive to sun damage. The sunscreen I’ve been loving is the La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50.
3. Enzyme exfoliant (Glycolic Acid)
I was recommended to use enzyme exfoliant at night 1-3 times a week. The one I am currently using is the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum. Chemical exfoliation is better than using a regular exfoliator if you have sensitive skin. It works from deeper under your skin by breaking down dead skin cells and stimulating your skin to regenerate new cells.
4. Retinol at night or spot treat
I was recommended to use Retinol 1-3 times a week and only at night because it makes the skin more sensitive. The tricky park is you need to slowly build up your tolerance. Aimee really likes the Mara Evening Primrose + Green Tea Algae Retinol Face Oil. I don’t want to start out with the most potent one out there so I’ve been searching for cheaper options. The Oridnary Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion and Honest Beauty Clearing Night Serum with Honestly Pure Retinol are great and affordable options to test out. My facialist also recommended using Retinol as a spot treatment when you’re breaking out instead of applying to the whole face.