Cleanse Prevent pimples from forming by washing your face daily to keep pores clear of excess oil, dirt, sweat and makeup. (And no picking, squeezing or popping—this increases the risk of scarring.) Use a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser no more than twice a day—overly dry skin can lead to acne, too. For best results, choose a cleanser with glycolic acid, a key ingredient in fading acne spots and scars while gently exfoliating and refining skin’s appearance.
Treat Choosing the right treatment depends on the severity of your acne scars. Peels, serums and overnight treatments containing glycolic acid are an easy way to help treat discoloration and uneven skin tone caused by acne scars while improving skin’s texture. Tip: Keep a spot treatment on hand to help clear and prevent acne in the first place.
Hydrate After treating your skin for acne and scarring, ensure that the products fully absorb into the skin by finishing with a moisturizer. Not only do moisturizers add an extra layer of hydration to the skin and help prevent water loss, they work to seal treatments into your skin, making them more effective.