4 Acne Scar Treatments That Actually Work (According to Dermatologists)

Updated 12/13/17

As far as acne is concerned, it's simply not enough to cover your face in painful, pus-filled red bumps—each one has to leave a scar afterward, forever reminding you of the terrible breakout you suffered. As Allure points out, there's no magic formula to make acne scars and dark spots disappear—but we can consult professionals about our best possible options. Below read up on the scarring treatments that are worth your time and money, according to dermatologists:

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic ($165)

Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, credits vitamin C for this serum's effectiveness. "The powerful ingredient has been shown to brighten dull skin and lighten brown spots. It may also be helpful in lightening a dark scar," he told the magazine. Secondly, "vitamin E is a fatty acid that has both antioxidant and skin-protecting properties," he adds.

Wearing a daily sunscreen can help prevent scarring and keep existing scars from darkening in the sun. Heidi Waldorf, a New York City–based dermatologist, swears by Elta MD's version. "It contains niacinamide, which reduces inflammation, and it's oil-free, which makes it excellent for daily use for acne-prone patients," she tells Allure.

PCA Skin Pigment Gel ($55)

"I often recommend PCA Skin Pigment Gel to patients looking to treat scars left behind from acne," said Rebecca Kazin, dermatologist of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins department of dermatology. "This gel contains 2% hydroquinone blended with other skin brighteners, like kojic acid, resorcinol, and azelaic acid, which work to lighten the pigmentation without irritating the skin."

Head over to Allure for more proven treatments, and read up on the six causes of adult acne next.

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