Let’s talk about what seems like the universe’s cruel joke regarding all things acne clearing: the acne scars after you clear your skin.
I was so angry after I cleared my acne for good.
I FINALLY cleared it… and I had ALL of these scars!!
Honestly, that was almost as bad as the acne itself, because zits come and go, ya know?
But the scars…I was so afraid they were going to last forever and I was PETRIFIED! And pissed. And petrified. Haha.
BUT, good news, they didn’t last forever, partially because my skin healed naturally over time, but also partially because I took some serious steps to help it heal.
(This picture is me, this summer, with no filter. As you can tell, I’m pretty scar free!)
And I know scar healing is one of your biggest questions, so I wanted to share my daily routine now, and give you kinda the “rules of the road” in terms of healing acne scars.
I have to say, though, I change up my products A LOT and sometimes even my routine (basically, when the products run out, unless I’m completely in love, I will just buy a new brand and/or try something different).
BUT, there are the two hard and fast rules I follow every night to help heal acne scars:
Every night I cleanse and then I nourish.
Ok Jill, that’s nice, but what does that mean in terms of process/products etc. for you?? Read below for more!
1. Cleansing Details:
I use a light cleanser, or a light exfoliator, followed by a toner, every night.
Here is an example of and exfoliator that I’m using right now (one of my very best friends (and cousin:) and I went on a skincare shopping spree a few months back and we got these to try) (also, I’m not gaining any “affiliate” income from the following, just wanted to share my favorite products with you:)
Exfoliation is KEY to helping your skin heal because it sloughs off the dead cells and allows for the newer (and hopefully stronger/healthier:) cells to come to the surface.
(I learned that exfoliation was important the hard way; a few years back I went for a facial and when I told the facialist that I didn’t exfoliate I thought she was going to fall out of her chair, hahaha.)
I like this brand because they’re certified organic, non-GMO, fair trade…all the good stuffs:)
ALSO, one thing of note to check when you’re buying skin cream products:
The very first ingredient listed (in this case, aloe) is going to be the ingredient that the product has the most of.
So, if you’re going to purchase a product and it lists “water” as the first ingredient, try to steer away because water can actually dehydrate your skin.
This product is called a “Chia+Omega Radiant Skin Polish” and its a “brightening” exfoliator.
A word of caution: be CAREFUL with exfoliation, especially if you still have some breakouts.
You want to gently, gentllyyyyyy exfoliate, not scrub your skin raw. If and when you buy something like this, also be sure that you’re not allergic to anything in the product before you use it by doing a little test on your arm first:)
Also, I was having some trouble with keeping my pores clean this summer, so I did what I normally do, research (#nerdalert) and found this great product from Paula’s Choice.
It’s a “Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid” and I love it. It contains beta hydroxy acids which, in numerous studies, has been found to increase collagen product and help to smooth the texture of your skin. If feels great on my skin and has really helped to cleanse my pores.
Of note, I don’t normally use the exfoliator above with this BHA product, in the same night; it feels a bit too harsh for my skin.
Now, for my favorite part, the “nourishment” element.
All summer long I’ve been using much “thicker” creams, a Burt’s Bees “night cream” for example, and my skin was getting REALLY clogged up and yucky.
I have really oily skin naturally, so I had always been really against using oil as a moisturizer (I think I have PTSD from how oily my skin used to be when I had acne, haha!) but I decided to experiment this summer (also because my cousin and bestie uses oil cleanser (never tried but on the to-do list!) so I wanted to try.
And. Let. Me. Tell. You. I am a convert, for sure.
I started using this (it was inexpensive and I liked the branding, so I thought, hey! why not?) and I LOVEEEE it. It really nourishes my skin and a few minutes after applying it, it doesn’t feel or look too oily. Also, this specific one smells DELISH.
So, I kind of combined a lot of the elements of acne scar healing, so let me clear it up with a nice list below: (here is another blog on scar healing if you want more info and read below for more resources as well:)
So again, the most important steps you can follow when you’re trying to slowly, naturally, and gently heal your acne scars are:
It’s also super important to remember to be patient with the scar healing process, if you can. I’d say that it took a full year of consistency for me to see a significant, significant improvement in my scars. So, you won’t see crazy improvement RIGHT away, but I promise, over time, your body will heal:).
Now, I want to know, What is your favorite acne scar cream? Leave me a comment below!
If you want more acne scar help, head to the links below: