Dabbing on some acne treatment on your acne scars seems like a proper acne skincare routine, doesn't it? It would be, except for one minor but potentially costly oversight: not all acne treatments are effective at treating acne scars.
It may not seem very obvious at first glance, but acne and acne scars aren't quite the same. Acne is an inflammation of your hair follicles, caused by blockage from oil and dead skin cells. Acne scars, on the other hand, are what acne leaves behind after the inflammation has ended - usually an indented scar, or dark marks and spots.
Naturally, treating an inflammation and treating a scar won't be the same. Let's have a look at how acne reduction and acne scar reduction are achieved by over-the-counter products:
How acne treatments reduce acne1
- Killing the bacteria that cause acne
- Removing excess oil
- Preventing your pores from clogging
- Reducing inflammation
How acne scar treatments reduce scarring2, 3
- Boosting skin regeneration
- Reducing or preventing discolouration
- Exfoliating your skin
As shown by the comparison, the effects that help to reduce acne don't do much to acne scars, which need a different set of effects to treat.
To win the battle against acne scars, you will need to use a product with active ingredients that can help with acne scars, such as Dermatix® Acne Scar. Dermatix® Acne Scar's advanced formulation not only contains ingredients that can help to lighten dark spots, marks and scars, but also ingredients that can help reduce your acne.4, 5, 6
Dermatix Acne Scar contains ActivGCS (snail slime extract) which boosts collagen and elastin production to keep your skin healthy and moisturised7.
Zinc Gluconate, an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps manage the acne8.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) slows down melanin transfer to outermost layer of skin, reducing uneven pigmentation5.
Our unique CPX silicone gel technology protects your skin from the harshness of the environment and provides a conducive skin condition for scars recovery7.
Dermatix® Acne Scar is effective on dark spots, marks and scars
Vitamin E stabilises your skin's protective barrier with its antioxidant properties9.
Tested and proven
Results from an independent consumer testing panel of 65 men and women ages 18 to 4010
Now that you know the difference, be sure to grab the right treatments for your skincare routine next time you visit the pharmacist!