How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

January 14, 2019 10 min read 0 Comments

How to Get Rid of Acne Scars

 By Kali Kushner


Acne has been one of our pet peeves when it comes to achieving a beautiful and healthy skin, most especially during the teenage years and adulthood. Acne affects about 85% of the population between ages 12 and 25 years old, experiencing some degree of scarring, as a result. 

Acne scars can occur from the damage which was caused by severe or inflammatory acne. It’s hard to look beyond the discoloration and uneven texture after having these acne scars, making us feeling defective and hopeless, which shouldn't be the case. 

Treating and getting rid of acne scars is not that easy but don’t fret as you’re not alone in that journey of yours. This can be due to a lot of factors which includes (but not limited to) hormonal imbalances in our body, problems with digestion or maybe another underlying health condition. Our hormonal imbalances may cause the glands to produce more oil than it needs, thus clogging the pores and leading the pores to become swollen and inflamed. 

Dealing with acne is only half the battle as an inflamed blemish will continually stretch our collagen fibers overtime and can lead to long term damage on our skin’s surface. They may leave scars that are usually either red or brown with an uneven, pitted texture.

Some acne scars may last for weeks, months or even years, depending on its severity and type. This scarring caused by acne can and leave a serious impact on one’s self-confidence. But no worries, several methods are given for you to try for treating acne scars at home without consulting a skin specialist.

Top ways to get rid of acne scars include:

  • Home treatments with ingredients and products
  • Home Remedies
  • In Office Treatments




There are ways to prevent acne scars, beginning with treating the pimples as soon as they form. Take note of these three key things:


  1. Reduce Inflammation: Topical products like a sulfur mask helps fight acne while preventing future breakouts.  Eat a balanced diet rich with colorful vegetables and berries to increase your anti-inflammatory food intake. Watch the sugar intake as sugars promote inflammation. Getting regular moderate exercise and consistent sleep schedule helps to reduce inflammation too.
  2. Wear Sunscreen: Wearing sunscreen most especially during swimming helps reduce pigmentation on your skin. It can also help reduce the risk of permanent acne scarring. Existing scars can be worsened when breakouts or flare ups are being exposed to the sun without any protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  I recommend a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30. 
  3. Practice Proper Hygiene: Practicing proper hygiene is a must when it comes to having clear skin and treating acne scars and most importantly, quit picking your skin! Prematurely popping your pimples increases your chances of scarring and can spread bacteria to neighboring pores.


There are usually two major steps in treating acne scarring:

  1. reducing the redness and hyperpigmentation
  2. Improving skin texture. 

Treating the inflammation alone can improve the overall appearance of your acne scars when you experience a lot of discoloration. These discolored marks may fade over time when you use sunscreen to prevent them from getting worse. Here are some more tips on how to get rid of acne scars naturally at home.


Products And Treatments That Get Rid Of Acne Scars



Picking a product which promotes cell turnover helps improve skin discoloration and texture. One of the products to use is rosehip seed oil as it contains a lot of natural Vitamin A. Rosehip oil is good in improving and treating acne which makes it a powerful natural remedy for all scar types. Moreover, rosehip oil contains linoleic acid which is great for treating acne too.  Rosehip oil is ideal for hyerpigmentation or the dark type of acne scars, but it may not be strong enough for ice pick, or rolling scars.


Just rub a little on the freshly cleaned skin twice a day for several weeks to achieve results.




Retinol products have been considered as a cure for all skin problems, especially to those with moderate to severe acne. They promote cell turnover or shedding of dead skin cells and development of collagen. You may apply this on affected or scarred areas only.


Or you may also apply retinol once or twice daily for several weeks for you to improve scarring. Feel like you’re breaking out from retinol? You may check this article to tell if you’re purging or breaking out - How to Tell If You’re Purging or Breaking Out.




Microneedling is an acne scar treatment which uses needles to prick the skin. Its purpose is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer and toned skin.


It is mostly used on the surface and treats various scars (e.g. acne), wrinkles and even large pores. Microneedling promotes absorption of topical products and it is good to try with theBanish Oil which is a natural vitamin c serum for greater improvement of acne scars.


For an at home treatment, you use smaller needle sizes like the Banisher 2.0. Consulting your dermatologist for longer needles is highly recommended. MIcroneedling can treat a variety of acne scars like hyperpigmentation, and indented or textured acne scarring. 


4. Use AHA For Discoloration And Acne Scars


Glycolic acid is an AHA which stands for alpha hydroxy acid.  This AHA is one of the most effective AHA and the most popular ingredient for treating acne scars. Glycolic acidis a naturally occurring substance which offers many benefits to the skin such as rejuvenation and moisturization. This type of acid is mostly found in chemical peels and can be used in daily skin care products without causing much irritation with the right PH and concentration. This ingredient is also included in the BANISH Pumpkin Enzyme Masque.


Mandelic acid, on the other hand, is a more gentle counter part of glycolic acid. This acid targets wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation and discoloration and acne. Mandelic acids are safe options for treating scarring on dark and sensitive skin types. Use mandelic acid in a leave-on product or in a stronger formula as chemical peel.




As we say, Vitamin C is one good source when it comes to wound healing, stimulating collagen production, fighting inflammation and brightening dark marks. We all need Vitamin C if we wanted a healthy and normal skin. This is a good source for treating acne as it is responsible for our skin’s health, elasticity, collagen synthesis and reaction to environmental stress as well.


Vitamin C acts as our potential antioxidant as it helps protect our skin from damage.




Also known as nicotinamide, niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B-3 which is also an essential nutrient when it comes to treating acne scars. Niacinamide works by lightening any dark marks, reducing inflammation and improving tissue regeneration.


Niacinamide has several benefits on our skin – it builds keratin which keeps our skin firm and healthy, acts as lipid barrier, reduces inflammation that may help ease the redness from eczema, acne and other inflammatory conditions, keeps our skin moisturized, regulates oil and a lot more.


What About Severe Acne Scars?


The tips that we had earlier talks about mild acne scars but what if it’s already a severe one? When you’re worrying about how to get rid of severe and resisting acne, it’s best to consult with a dermatologist and set an appointment with them.


Here are some options that we can list for now:




Your dermatologist may recommend chemical peels that contain acids with higher concentrations. These peels work in the same way as those kinds you use at home, only that they work on a deeper level.


There’s a light duty chemical peel for treating acne. These peels are the most superficial of all chemical peels and the most popular and widely done as there is no downtime. During this treatment, your skin is being exfoliated using an alpha or beta hydroxy acid and these peels can improve mild to moderately severe cases of acne which can be given over the face or another body area affected by acne.




OTC product doesn’t work? Your dermatologist may prescribe this azelaic acid which either comes in gel or foam. Azelaic acid works by clearing bumps, lesions and swelling caused by rosacea (which is a skin disease causing redness, flushing and pimples on face). This acid falls under dicarboxylic acids and it works to treat both rosacea and acne as well as lighten dark marks by slowing melanin production and blocking any abnormal pigment-producing cells.




This type of treatment can be painful and expensive so it’s best to consult a dermatologist before trying laser resurfacing.



The best ingredients and vitamins for acne scars include:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • Salicylic and Glycolic Acid
  • Zinc Sulfate
  • Retinoids

Acne scars can be really unique and stubborn and finding out what acne scar treatment works best for you would be somewhat like a trial and error. It may take just one ingredient or a combination of them to finally see the results you want to achieve. Provided below are some of the best acne treatments to look out for which can be bought at your nearest local beauty supply or drug store.


  1. Vitamin E: This Vitamin helps heal your skin by strengthening its protective barrier and improving the overall formation of healthy skin cells and tissues to help heal acne scars. It also works to combat any free radicals which can possibly damage your skin and speeds up wound healing.  
  2. Vitamin C:Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is good for treating and healing acne scars as it helps brighten the skin and creates an even skin tone or complexion. This vitamin also treats dark spots and sun damage by increasing collagen production and brightening the skin by targeting the uneven pigment. This is a water-soluble vitamin which is effective in clearing up your skin and can be found in citrus fruits.This is also one of the main ingredients included in theBanish Oil,Vitamin C Creme andVitamin C Beauty Elixir.
  3. Salicylic and Glycolic Acids: These two acids team up together in helping acne scars by renewing and refining your skin. The glycolic acid helps improve the appearance of your skin and scars in a shorter period of time. Both work as chemical exfoliants in speeding up your skin cell turnover rate and help in sweeping away the old scarring and hyperpigmentation.
  4. Zinc Sulfate: Zinc as a treatment for acne scars has become a debatable question among dermatologists. Zinc can help treat acne in two ways: oral treatment (supplement) or topically (serum or cream). Its anti-inflammatory properties are helpful in reducing redness and swelling. This ingredient is rich in Vitamin A which is essential for clear skin and quick wound healing.
  5. Retinol and Retinoid: Also rich in Vitamin A, retinol and retinoid help speed up your skin cell turnover and pull dead skin cells out of the pores. Retinol helps in preventing the skin’s pores from becoming clogged with dirt and oil. They both work in promoting collagen production as well as helping with brown, red and textured scars. They both are good for treating acne scars.


Using Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Acne Scars

Natural remedies for acne scars are

  • Aloe vera
  • Lemon
  • Baking Soda
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Coconut Oil


For a natural product lover, using household products as acne scar treatment would already do. Removing acne scars may be simple as the products you need for treatment are just near you. Below are the most common household products which can be used as acne scar treatments and getting rid of those acne scars.

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Aloe is one of the best household products anyone can use to treat their acne scars as it helps them to heal faster by strengthening their collagen structure. It can also speed up the healing process and lessen any scar formation. This is one possible way of getting rid of your acne scars but works better for hyperpigmentation instead of rolling or ice pick scars. Aloe Vera has been a popular plant remedy or solution for many skin problems such as acne.




This household product is not just useful for baking, but also for treating acne scars and as a natural exfoliator. Baking soda helps in reproducing cells by removing any scar tissue layer by layer. It is also a natural remedy for any acne breakouts and scar prevention.


  1. HONEY


Another household product that is good for treating acne scars, honey is considered as the queen bee of all possible acne scar treatments. Honey contains anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and healing properties which make it a perfect solution for treating both acne and scars and help skin to heal faster as well as prevent scars from forming on your face.


  1. LEMON

Lemon contains Vitamin C which has both acne and scar healing qualities to brighten your complexion and fade hyperpigmentation. This fruit or household product helps reduce inflammation and redness which is often associated with acne scars, but because lemon can sting and cause photosensitivity, it is recommended to use with caution, stay out of sun, and dilute it. 



This fermented vinegar has a lot of useful functions, including treating your acne scars, naturally exfoliating and shedding away dead skin cells and fading acne scars as well in the process. It contains Vitamins A, B2, B6, C and E along with the natural lactic and malic acids which are responsible for nourishing the skin for an even toned and glowing complexion.


Another household product which helps get rid of acne scars is the coconut oil as it helps cool and soothe the skin, reduce any inflammation and redness. The fatty acids of coconut oil contains antibacterial and anti-microbial properties which are responsible for healing both blemishes and scars. This household product also contains Vitamins A, E and K which are vital for rejuvenating the skin. However I must warn that coconut may cause breakouts if you are acne prone and have skin on the oilier side. 


It takes a lot of patience and consistency to see positive results, no matter what products or options you choose in treating acne. Don’t be afraid to try different options should the first one fail. Keep the healing going with some emotional treatment as well. Acne does not only leave us with deep physical scarring but emotional scarring too.


Feel free to check out The Secret To Being Truly Acne Free to help you get started on your journey to being more compassionate and confident.


You’re still beautiful with or without acne.


Products I Used To get Rid Of Acne Scars