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treatments for acne scars

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for treatments for acne scars.

If you have acne scars, there are many ways to treat them. You can use a cream, gel, or lotion. No matter what you choose, here are some great products that will help you achieve the results you want.


It doesn't always preform a miracle over night but most often takes away the red bump. And will shrink the pimple over night. I use the d-scar serum on the red acne scars and it works amazingly well. ...It works better as a way to stop an acne mark/scar from forming because all it really does is dry the zit out.

What it is: An effective blemish-fighting acne spot treatment that minimizes pimples, zaps zits, and helps prevent future breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes, Pores, Oiliness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sulfur (10.0%): Works quickly to exfoliate dead surface skin cells, unclog pores, and help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
- BHAs: Deliver anti-redness benefits to reduce the look of pores while unclogging them.
- Zinc Oxide: A natural mineral that provides oil control by absorbing excess sebum.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, minera

CLINIQUEAcne Solutions™ Liquid Makeup Foundation

Size: 1 oz·ITEM: 1315035

Color: Fresh Clove

1.6K Reviews


I just started using the product about a week ago and I have to say it blends amazingly and has great coverage. This product is hides most of my acne scars and I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who has some scar-age....Great for acne scars and blemishes...I use this if I have one or two light break outs. It blends easy and works well with powder foundation.

✔ Medium

Skin type:
✔ Combination
✔ Oily

✔ Matte

What it is:
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup is a skin-clearing makeup with salicylic acid. Helps cover, clear, and prevent blemishes. Oil-free.


Doesn't leave a red scar behind!...I've had bad luck with salicylic acid treatments leaving acne scars. I was using Boscia's spot corrector, but it just wasn't strong enough, I tried this after reading a few reviews, and I love it. ...There’s also no scar.

What it is: An acne spot remover that helps quickly fight, fade, and prevent future blemishes for spotless-looking skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Redness, and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Saw Palmetto: Helps control oil, reduce shine, and prevent breakouts.

What Else You Need to Know: This blemish-fighting formula with saw palmetto and 1.5 percent salicylic acid helps eliminate excess oil that can lead to break outs.


flattens scar surface area...A have scars that WERE raised. After using D-Scar nightly for a month, although you could still see the pigmentation, the skin was flat. ...acne and shingles scar cure all...this has saved my face. I am shamefully a pimple picker and this has cured many years of acne scar build up. it has even improved my shingles scars.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Dry
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A powerful, high-tech rollerball scar-fighting serum designed to reduce the appearance of scars and uneven texture.

Solutions for:
- Dullness and uneven texture
- Uneven skin tone
- Dryness

If you want to know more…
D-Scar™ Scar Diminishing Serum helps reduce the appearance of old and new scars. A powerful scar-fighting combination, this serum and rollerball applicator are designed to work together to flatten and minimize the look of scars.


zits be gone!...It kills the zits and acne so much faster than other treatments I’ve tried....I purchased this and quickly noticed a difference the redness and acne quickly started to heal and a small scar has become less noticeable

What it is: A device that uses the dual power of laser-focused blue LED light and T-Sonic pulsations to address acne-causing bacteria, painlessly, in as little as 30 seconds.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Blemishes

What Else You Need to Know: The ultra-hygienic silicone surface inhibits bacterial growth. The blue LED light activates when the device touches the skin to address bacteria. T-Sonic pulsations support natural blood microcirculation to facilitate the skin’s renewal. Red, cross-shaped light precisely targets blemishes. ESPADA is FDA-approved.


The only thing I wish it would do is get rid of my old acne scar unfortunately it doesn't but it gets rid of pimples...This Murad Outsmart Acne has helped both with the little acne that shows up when I’m on my period and is helping to clarify the old scars.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A powerful treatment with five clinically proven acne-clearing acids to clear existing acne and help prevent future breakouts.

Solutions for:
- Acne
- Oiliness
- Pores

If you want to know more…
This medicated lightweight gel serum is clinically proven to reduce overall acne in just one week. Salicylic acid combines with lysophosphatidic, hydroxydecanoic, sebacic, and glycolic acids in penta-acid technology to clear skin of acne-causing bacteria, oiliness, and blackheads while minimizing dryness and irritation.


I’ve struggled with acne scars for awhile and after using this product, the blemishes and redness has diminished. acne got a little worse before it got better but that's just the process. my skin was never once irritated, peeling, or red, and the pimples have faded nicely without scars or scabs. the bad breakout i had on my chin is almost completely gone now!

What it is: A rapid-action formula with two percent salicylic acid to fight breakouts and visibly improve blemish-prone skin in as little as 24 hours.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Oiliness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Unclogs pores and targets breakouts.
- Glycolic Acid: Visibly resurfaces skin and discourages the appearance of post-acne marks.
- Aloe: Calms, soothes, and nourishes skin.

Ingredient Callouts:
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.


Goodbye painful breakouts...My jawline was in pain and inflamed and it was like every morning I woke up with a new pimple on top of the pimples I already had. ...This is a great option if you’re unsure of what brand will work for you. The acne spot treatment is definitely my favorite.

What it is: A travel-friendly kit of acne-fighting essentials clinically shown to target current and future breakouts and acne scarring for protected, mattified skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Helps exfoliate and balance skin while targeting breakouts.
- Vitamin C and Hydroxytyrosol: Reduce the appearance of post-acne dark spots.
- Patented Pine and Thyme-Inspired Complex: Fights irritants while supporting skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, mineral oil, oxybenzone, and sulfates SLS & SLES. These products are also vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free.


I apply this paste to pimples and acne scars almost every night. ...I’m so used to having scars from my pimples but not anymore.

What it is: A fast-acting blemish spot treatment that zaps pimples overnight with zero irritation and helps brighten the look of spots from past breakouts.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne/Blemishes and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Clay and Sulfur: Absorb excess oil and balance sebum production.
- Willow Bark: Nature's alternative to salicylic acid, it helps calm breakouts and clear pores.
- Azelaic Acid: Helps prevent spots left by past blemishes.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.


Highly recommend this stuff if you tend to get red scars from acne. One of the best products I have tried and definitely worth a try. ...Love the azelaic acid in this spot treatment! My scar is lighter than normal!

What it is: A clinical-strength, rapid-acting acne treatment that visibly reduces blemish size and redness plus helps prevent new acne pimples from forming.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne/Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 2% Salicylic Acid: Decongests pores to help eliminate excess oil and surface debris.
- 10% Azelaic Acid: Helps fade the look of post-acne hyperpigmentation (acne marks/scars) while visibly improving uneven skin tone.
- 2% Niacinamide: Helps minimize the appearance of pores and regulate sebum.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

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