How To Create A Skin Care Routine For Acne Scars

Nothing feels more frustrating to have your acne cleared up, but the acne scars remain.  There are ways to remove acne scars, however! 
What you need is to establish a skin care routine for acne scars that works for your skin type. 
Your ideal acne scar skincare routine depends on your skin type, types of products you are using, as well as the order you use your skin care products, but the guide below will work for almost anyone who is looking for an easy acne scar routine to fade the scars away. 

 

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Skincare Routine For Acne Scarred Skin

Having terrible acne all my life is an obstacle I’ve faced, but don’t fret! You’re not alone in that journey. 

This skin care routine is based on my personal struggle with acne and acne scarring as well as tons of research and consultation with plastic surgeons and dermatologists since having acne. 

I didn’t have a good experience or results with common OTC treatments like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or with medication like Differin, etc so after consultation, I created a plant based line with ingredients that worked for me.

Daily A.M. Acne Scar Skincare Routine:

  1. Cleanse with gentle cleanser ( All Clear Mint Cleanser ) 
  2. Apply a good quality Vitamin C Serum like the Banish Serum 
  3. Apply Sunscreen – The Defender SPF 50 
  4. Weekly AM or PM exfoliate 1-3 times a week

1. CLEANSE

all clear mint cleanser

A good cleanser is essential in any skin care routine, more so if you have acne prone skin.  There’s some evidence that suggests cleansing twice a day is better for acne prone skin compared to once a day.

I’ve been using Banish All Clear Mint Cleanser to wash my face. I personally like this cleanser because It is mild and made from organic aloe vera leaf, cucumber peel extract, glycerin, grapefruit, chamomile and more.

There is no sulfate in the cleanser. Sulfate the foaming and detergent agent in a lot of cleansers, shampoos, body washes and laundry detergent. This ingredient can be too drying and stripping on the skin which is why I didn’t want this in the All Clear Mint Cleanser or in other cleansers that I use for my routine. 

Throughly cleanse with a dime sized amount of cleanser for about a minute and rinse off. 

You can use the All Clear Mint Cleanser to wash your make up off too, but in the evening we recommend double cleansing 

Ingredient Highlight In The All Clear Mint Cleanser

Ginger essential oil is a concentrated oil extracted from fresh or dried ginger. This essential oil is a best form of oil to use as a medicine due to its higher concentration of gingerol and other organic compounds. It can also help rapidly relieve the pain, swelling and other discomfort on joints or other sore areas on the body.

Ginger is also great for calming inflammatory conditions such as acne so we love ginger for acne prone skin.

2. Apply Dark Spot Correcting Vitamin C Serum – Banish Serum

banish serum

Using a Vitamin C Serum or moisturizer is recommended in an acne scar routine. Vitamin c is one of the most studied ingredients to prevent and brighten acne scar marks quickly.   The Vitamin C in form of L ascorbic acid is responsible for creating elastin and collagen and perfect for acne scarred skin. 

We recommend the Banish Serum since it’s a fresh made Vitamin C Serum with L ascorbic acid and simple natural ingredients.   If you have an oilier skin type, the Vitamin C Creme is a great alternative. 

3. Apply An SPF 50 Moisturizer – The Defender SPF 50 

the defender on kali

Last but not the least, finish your AM routine with a sunscreen moisturizer.  We recommend something at least SPF 50 like The Defender.   Vitamin C applied before your sunscreen helps boost the uv protection of your sunscreen too! 

Another bonus is that the Defender is a mineral sunscreen that won’t cause breakouts and it is lightweight and non greasy. Sunscreen is very important to prevent and reduce acne scars too! 

AM or PM Exfoliate 1-3 Times A Week With Pumpkin Enzyme Masque

pumpkin enzyme masque jar open

When it comes to acne scars, exfoliation is important. Make sure to exfoliate at least once a week with a chemical exfoliator like the Pumpkin Enzyme Masque. This also contains ginger, vitamin a, and vitamin c to all help with skin turnover to speed up the fading of acne scars. 

You may choose to exfoliate less often or more often depending on how your skin responds.  Signs you are overexfoliating may be skin sensitivity such as extra burning, redness, or stinging with regular skincare products. 

PM Skincare Routine For Acne Scars 

1. Cleanse ( Double Cleanse If Wearing Makeup)

You can use the All Clear Mint Cleanser to wash your make up off too, but in the evening we recommend double cleansing 

2. Use the Banisher To Resurface Skin 1x A Week

banisher 2.0

The Banisher is what makes the most differences if you have textured or pitted acne scars. The Banisher is a patented microneedling tool with 24k gold plated bristles.  It creates micro channels on the skin, causing skin to resurface and creates new collagen.  The microchannels also increases absorption of skin care products applied afterwards.  Make sure to sanitize it before every use and only use on freshly cleansed skin.

Redness appears after using the Banisher, however that’s normal and it goes away within a couple hours and your skin should be glowing by next morning. 

Can I Wear Makeup After Using the Banisher?

Wait at least 8 hours to heal and recover from the Banisher. It is recommended to use the Banisher once per week and works better as a night time routine. 

3. Moisturize By Applying Banish Serum or Vitamin C Creme

Similar to your morning routine, you’d want to use Vitamin C in the evening as well to help with acne scars!  The Banish Serum or Vitamin C Creme is also gentle enough to be used right after the Banisher too.

Be patient and consistent, acne scars can be stubborn and results may take at least a month to show, however some people notice a result within the first week!  Don’t get discouraged, we’re here to help.  

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