by: Amber Cozad
After a terrible experience with a prescription, my entire back was left with literally hundreds of brown and purple acne scars. After I stopped the medication, the breakouts mostly stopped, or at least were not as intense, but the massive amount of scarring on my back made me feel like I would never be rid of my back acne. Even if my breakouts were better, my back still looked terrible.
I decided it was time to try a scar treatment, but being a poor college student limited my options to the less expensive scar creams. I decided to try Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector, a moisturizing cream armed with Vitamin C to lighten scars.
The cream came in a 1.7 ounce tube for a little less than fifteen dollars, depending on the store. I was reluctant to spend more than ten dollars on a little tiny tube that I thought would run out quickly since I was using it on my back; however, the cream lasted a good three months of almost daily application. The cream was very thin and light, but had a sort of funny smell that I did not like. Other than that, it was very easy to apply and did not sit heavy on my skin.
The cream came with the claim that it would visibly lighten scars within four weeks, but that it could take up to eight weeks to really see a difference. Since I had been dealing with acne and acne scarring for quite some time, I knew that change would take time and I was prepared to wait for eight weeks to see a difference.
However, after two and a half months I saw very little difference in my scarring. I usually apply repairing creams at night after a shower, and I noticed that if I accidentally skipped a day of application, my skin would break out. After I became more conscious of this, I noticed that the cream was helping to prevent intense breakouts, but doing nothing to help the darkness of my scars.
The cream did help the texture of my skin; the scars became slightly less rough and, like I said before, the cream for the most part helped to prevent larger pimples.
Overall, I used the cream for about four months and did not see a substantial difference in my skin or scarring. Since I used the cream for twice the time it was supposed to take to be effective and still did not see a difference, I did not buy the product again.