Acne scars – we all have them. And if you don’t, the sun shines on you my friend. Acne scarring usually happens due to picking (don’t do it, it’s not worth it) or the inflammation on the breakout was extremely deep. I get asked so many times what the best Ordinary products for acne scars are – and I’m here to give you a full rundown. The Ordinary is one of the most affordable skincare brands, and this year, they’ve seen some incredible success. Everyone is using them, and for good reason! Keep reading to find the best ordinary products for acne scars in 2020:
AZELAIC ACID 10% SUSPENSION
Fun fact – azelaic acid is actually a naturally occurring acid found in grains. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, and helps to clear out the pores that are causing acne. Azelaic acid, like other actives, helps to increase cell turnover, which will help to brighten acne scars. This particular formula from the Ordinary is very high, so make sure to do a patch test before applying it on your full face. You may experience purging, which is normal!
GLYCOLIC ACID 7% TONING SOLUTION
If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m obsessed with the Ordinary’s Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. It has not only helped me with my skin’s texture, it also helped with my acne scarring. Along with glycolic acid, it contains amino acids, aloe vera, ginseng, and tasmanian pepperberry to help calm the skin down.
MANDELIC ACID 10% + HA
Mandelic acid is my new favorite – but personally, it works in the BEST way. If there is anything you buy off this list, let it be this. If you have sensitive skin and don’t want to use other acids, mandelic will be your best bet. It’s a lot gentler than other AHAs, and it works so well on deep acne scarring. I’ve been using this for the past three months, and my skin has never looked better. Not only are my scars fading, but I barely see any new breakouts.
GRANACTIVE RETINOID 2% IN EMULSION
Retinoids are incredible for acne, period. They help to reduce inflammation caused by breakouts, help make skin texture better, and encourage collagen production in the skin. All of these factors help to lighten acne scarring and fight new breakouts! This formula is a gentler retinoid, and they also have a Retinoid 2% in Squalene for those of you who want an oil-based version!
ALPHA ARBUTIN 2% + HA
Alpha arbutin is specifically AMAZING for acne scars and hyperpigmentation! It also helps to prevent future hyperpigmentation. Use this alongside vitamin c for the most benefits. Personally, this product caused me to breakout. However, the reason I recommend it is because I know so many people that absolutely love this, and their skin looks phenomenal. The bottom line is that skincare is not one size fits all – you always have to try products for yourself before making any judgments about what will work.
NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1%
Niacinamide is the new skincare buzz word. It’s incredible when you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation and acne scars, and the best part is, you can layer with almost any skincare product or serum and it won’t have any issues. It’s super gentle on the skin, and the zinc also helps to fight acne. But when using niacinamide, make sure to be patient. It takes at least 3-6 months to see a difference, but it really works!
ASCORBIC ACID 8% + ALPHA ARBUTIN 2%
According to the Ordinary’s website, this formula contains 2 of the most powerful agents that aid in acne scarring. Ascorbic acid is a form of pure vitamin c – and vitamin c is absolutely incredible for lightening acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. It also contains alpha arbutin, which we already know is an amazing lightener. Use this formula in the morning before your moisturizer, and you’ll see amazing results.
And that’s it for the best Ordinary products for acne scars! These are all products that could possibly cause purging, but don’t be alarmed. Purging is actually your skin’s way of “trashing” the bad stuff under the surface by forcing it to “purge” out. Once those bad things are out, it facilitates cell turnover. This means you’re literally getting new skin – how awesome is that?
Make sure to always use sunscreen when using any of these products because they do cause heightened skin sensitivity to UV rays.
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