Acne Scar Removal Cream – Effective or Not?

Before spending a decent chunk of change on an acne scar removal cream, consumers want to know – is it effective or not? We are in a time where the field of cosmetology is embracing science in order to create beauty products that are proven to be effective. We are also in a time of unprecedented consumer communication. With the advent of the internet, consumers all over the globe can share their views and reviews on the latest and maybe not so greatest skin care products. This article will closely examine these products: existing products, consumer reviews, and the data behind whether or not any of these creams really works. Before reading any further you can visit our home page to check your skin type.

Photo of a lady who needs to use acne scar removal creamThose of us that are interested in finding an effective solution obviously have one thing in common: we are current or past sufferers of acne. Acne scars are a painful daily reminder of the terrible skin condition acne sufferers have been through. What’s worse, after the acne has subsided, victims of acne want nothing more than to get their precious complexion back. Enter the appeal of an effective skin care product. Before further discussing these skin care products, we need to touch on what constitutes an ‘acne scar’. Oftentimes a red spot or dark spot remains on the skin after an acne lesion goes away, but these are referred to as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, not scars. The reason they aren’t ‘scars’ is because they will fade with time. Real scars are permanent and do not fade with time. To keep your skin free from acne check out our article on the best acne face wash.

Currently, creams and other products used to treat acne scars that are available over-the counter generally contain one or more of these ingredients:  retinol, vitamin C, glycolic acid, Alpha-Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA). All of these active ingredients work to speed up the skin’s regenerating process and help heal post-inflammatory marks. According to current data, the effectiveness of these OTC products largely depends on how much of the active ingredient is present in the product (check for percentages) and also how severe the scarring is. For those with lighter or mild scarring, these OTC products should at least diminish the sign of slightly raised, slightly depressed or discolored acne scars. If you have more severe scarring, or find that an OTC strength solution isn’t effective for you, you should visit your dermatologist to discuss products with prescription strength active ingredients, such as tretinoin (Retin-A, Renova).

By examining consumer reviews on current creams, gels and oils available over-the counter, the following list represents the products that users found most effective:

Mother of Pearl Anti-Scar Cream

  • What it is: A cream that reduces visible signs of skin irritations and smoothes out old scars.
  • What’s in it: Mother of pearl powder
  • Consumer claims: Fades light scarring; lightens dark and red spots on skin, evens skin tone; doesn’t dry out skin; smoothes skin’s texture; heals active acne quickly, including areas of stubborn or recurring acne.

MaMa Lotion

  • What it is: A lotion that aims to eliminate acne, soften wrinkles, and lighten scars and hyperpigmentation.
  • What’s in it: Two Alpha Hydroxy Acids (mandelic acid, malic acid); algae extract
  • Consumer claims: In addition to diminishing the appearance of scars and lightening hyperpigmentation, it also: reduces oily skin; smoothes rough, dry skin; helps rid of cysts and current acne; leaves the skin glowing and supple.

Zenmed Acne Scar Treatment Kit

  • What it is: A kit consisting of a ‘Renewing MicroDermabrasion Complex’ and a ‘Skin Eraser’ gel.
  • What’s in it: Vitamin C (among many other vitamins); hyaluronic acid; various botanical extracts
  • Consumer claims: Very effective in ‘erasing’ light to mild acne scars and marks; helps clear existing acne; not too harsh–good for sensitive skin.

Bio-Oil Scar Treatment

  • What it is: An oil, for face and body, which can be used for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, aging and dehydrated skin.
  • What’s in it: PureCellin oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Consumer claims: Reduces and fades acne scarring; helps improve skin tone (especially areas previously damaged from picking at spots); reduces current acne, including cysts; leaves the skin soft, even and glowing. Bonus: consumers also say it is effective in getting rid of stretch marks.

These products might not prove effective for everyone, but you can at least be comforted in knowing they’ve been effective and helpful for a lot of people. In order to find the best acne scar solutions, you should examine and compare this list of scar removal treatments to see what might best suit you. If you want to know more about Acne click here.