Breakouts are bad enough, but the fact that they often leave behind hyperpigmentation and scars? Talk about adding insult to injury. Luckily, there are lots of remedies out there that can help brighten skin and lessen the appearance of acne scars, from natural options like DIY oatmeal masks to at-home chemical peels and retinol serums. So, if you've got some lingering post-breakout scarring, read on for a few of our favorite easy treatments.
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Rose water has all kinds of benefits: It helps hydrate and revitalize your skin, unclogs your pores, gets rid of acne (and helps heal any lingering acne scars right after). If you're looking for a good rose water product, we particularly like the Leven Rose Moroccan Rose Water Toner, $13.27, which is free of alcohol and fragrances and offers instant moisturizing benefits for your skin and leaves your face feeling extra clean.
Oh, vitamin C — truly one of skin care's greatest hits. It's an antioxidant that helps protect and repair skin, while also stimulating collagen production and brightening dark spots. That said, it's a miracle worker when it comes to acne scars. We recommend the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum, $85, if you're looking for a fast-acting vitamin C-packed product.
Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliant and exfoliation is key when it comes to eradicating old acne scars and hyperpigmentation. Plus, it absorbs oil and soothes your skin without hurting your skin or drying it out. Just mix two tablespoons of your oatmeal with a tablespoon of baking soda and water, and you've got a real treat for your skin. You can also nab a pre-made oatmeal mask, such as the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, $24, if you're more in a hurry.
Here's another acne remedy you can probably find in your kitchen! Honey is actually a well-loved folk remedy for acne, due to its natural antimicrobial properties. it also helps heal mild acne and disinfect the skin. Just apply a simple honey mask every week to help keep your skin extra clear. And if you're not feeling up to DIY-ing it, the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask, $56, is a great pick.