16 Best Acne Serums, Reviewed by Editors

If you’re also dealing with acne scars, skin experts want you to know a bit more information on them first. “There’s no magic wand for acne scars, typically we recommend a combination approach to remodeling textural acne scars, says celebrity esthetician Candace Marino. “Scars are the loss of collagen in the skin. In order to rebuild the skin, we recommend a combination of lasers, peels, micro-needling, and radio frequency alongside skincare that includes growth factors.”

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or erythema is often times called acne scars, however, these are not scars—they are pigment or lingering redness caused by the inflammation or injury to the skin (if you pick). These are treated as pigmentation, and acids, retinols, and pigment inhibitors are the standard combination for treating these. While sunscreen is always recommended, with pigmented skin, it’s absolutely imperative, as the sun will only deepen the discoloration.” 

Garshick also has a running list of ingredients that can help hyperpigmentation. “Other ingredients used to help hyperpigmentation that may also be helpful for those with acne-prone skin include azelaic acid, alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic or lactic acid, licorice root extract, and vitamin C. Azelaic acid is also particularly good for those who are dealing with acne while pregnant as it is considered pregnancy-safe.”

Take a peak below for each skin expert’s picks for acne.

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