If you’ve ever suffered from acne, you know that breakouts are only half the battle. Breakouts leave behind acne scars, which can linger for years after the breakout ends. Keep reading to learn how to treat acne scars.

What Are Acne Scars?

Acne scars happen when breakouts deeply penetrate the skin, damaging its lower layers.

There are several types of acne scars, and each requires its own special treatment:

  • Boxcar Scars – Depressions with sharp edges that are usually wider than they are deep
  • Icepick Scars – Depressions with narrow openings
  • Rolling Scars – Wide scars with rolling edges
  • Hypertrophic Scars – Raised scars that are more common on the back or chest

Discoloration – like red or brown spots – left after a breakout is technically a form of hyperpigmentation called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, not a scar.

Do Acne Scars Go Away?

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will eventually go away on its own. Other types of acne scars, like boxcar scars, icepick scars, rolling scars, and hypertrophic scars, may fade, but they will not go away on their own.

How Can I Remove Acne Scars?

Here’s the good news: acne scars can be treated with the following methods:

1. Try Lactic Acid

According to a 2010 study, lactic acid can be used to improve the texture and appearance of skin with acne scarring.

To incorporate lactic acid into your skincare routine, we recommend using Super Face Serum. This targeted serum repairs the skin with a Bio-Engineered Renewal Complex and Apple Stem Cell Technology. Skin looks softer and smoother after use with a healthy glow. For best results, follow with Super Cream.

2. Exfoliate with Salicylic Acid

This acne-fighting ingredient can also be used to treat acne scars. Salicylic acid provides exfoliation for skin, clears pores, and reduces redness. 

If you’d like to use salicylic acid on your acne scars, try our WW Cream. This luxurious treatment utilizes our signature Bio-Engineered Renewal Complex plus Golden Collagenine and Apple Stem Cell Technology to effectively brighten and soften the skin. As an added benefit, WW Cream’s brightening properties help to heal the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

3. Wear Sunscreen!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: wear sunscreen! UV damage can worsen the appearance of acne scars, which is just another reason to wear sun protection every single day. We recommend wearing Aqua BB Protect, a unique BB cream that offers both sun protection and a full-coverage finish that conceals acne scars.