It's already annoying enough when a blemish rears its ugly whitehead—but then you have to deal with hyperpigmentation and skin tone inconsistency for months, maybe even years, after. Sure, these buggers eventually fade, but there are things you can do to expedite process—and some don't even require the fancy lasers or hard-to-pronounce prescriptions models and celebs use to clear up their skin.
We tapped leading dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler, skin guru to stars like Rita Ora and Georgina Chapman, to give us the low down on acne scars.
Beauty Aisle for the Win: Before you spend tons of money on lasers and facial treatments, try skin-care products with specific ingredients to treat any hyperpigmententation or a slight loss of pigmentation. Here are a few of Dr. Wexler's favorites below.
Not only does it help with current pigmentation problems, but this serum helps prevent future dark spots as well. You can thank the activated vitamin C and peony extract, which stimulate cell turnover.
This gentle, lightweight formula features 2 percent hydroquinone, which is used to lighten dark skin patches.
By now, you know retinol works wonders for skin—even with over-the-counter products, the ingredient can increase collagen production, help soften depressed scars and improve pigmentation.
OK, you may not know what ellagic, hydroxyl or phenoxy propopia acid are, but know these ingredients help regulate melanin production, which create those dark patches on your skin.
From the celeb dermatologist herself comes a resurfacing cream that taps medical-grade alumina crystals to exfoliate the skin, while ingredients like niacinamide and mulberries improve pigmentation.