20 April 2016

Top 5 Skincare Products To Help Hyperpigmentation & Acne Scaring

I know beauty is only skin deep, but for a lot of people confidence comes from the skin. We're told everyday that clear, fresh, healthy skin is what's beautiful, it's sad but true. Unfortunately not everyone is blessed with blemish free skin. For me, my spots tend to be hormonal, I get painful under the skin, cystic type spots on my chin and jaw line, sometimes on my cheeks. I also seem to get more spots than normal if I overindulge in dairy, Ben & Jerrys ice cream being the main culprit.

For me though it's not necessarily the "spots" that are the main issue. Yes they are a pain in the a*** when they creep up on you, normally at the most inconvenient of times, but it's the purple scarring, raised red marks and hyperpigmentation they leave behind that more often than not, take months and months to fade. They are my top concern. So, today I thought I would take you through a few of the products, I'm currently using to help reduce my scarring and pigmentation.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil, Ren Clarifying Toner,
I first introduced a chemical exfoliator or AHA into my skincare routine around a year ago, but it's only since my recent breakout that I discovered the difference it makes to my skins texture. The one I'm currently using is the Ren Clarifying Toner, it's gentle enough for those of us with sensitive skin, but it really keep my skin ticking over. It manages my breakouts, excess oil and helps the overall texture of my skin. My skin is so much smother since I started using this type of exfoliator, I definitely recommend adding something like this to your routine if you have the same kind of issues.

I use the Estee Lauder Enlighten Dark Spot Serum in the mornings. Although it's technically a nighttime serum (ooh what a rebel haha), it's actually light enough to wear under makeup (with a moisturiser sandwiched in-between, obviously). It's hydrating, but still sinks in instantly to help tackle those stubborn dark spots. I've definitely noticed a difference with my scarring, over time they've become less red and inflamed and newer spots take less time to disappear. The tell tale sign for me, is when I repurchase something, I'm currently on my second bottle and although it's not exactly cheap, I really think it's helping, especially when combined with the rest of these products.

At nighttime it's the Kiehls Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution that I've been relying on to help reduce my scarring. It's got quite a thin consistency and it does feel a little tacky when you apply it to the skin, hence why I only use it on a night, but I've definitely noticed a difference in the tone of my scarring. Again it's less red and angry and some of the marks from a bout of spots I had four months ago, have virtually disappeared. I find tackling the problem at both times of day really helps overall.

This is probably the priciest product of the bunch, so maybe not a necessity but I've really been enjoying the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Oil. It's one of the only face oils I've used that hasn't broken me out (I figured that out the hard way by trying the Fresh Seaberry Oil). It manages to hydrate the drier areas of my face overnight, without overloading my oily t-zone. Just a few drops does the trick and while you do have a slight blue tinge, thanks to one of the ingredients (blue tansy) it's not that noticeable. When I wake up my skin looks brighter and less sluggish, it also feels smoother and more hydrated. Now, it hasn't necessarily made a difference in the appearance of my scarring, but my skins texture overall has definitely improved.

In terms of a mask it's the Mario Badescu Whitening Mask that I've been relying on. It has a very thick gloopy consistency, but feels very comfortable on the skin and when you wash it off, your skin feels so smooth and hydrated. As it contains natural ingredients that gently lighten the skin, I've been using it whenever a new spot pops up to help minimize the scarring, though it has been working on my older marks too. For some reason red marks are easier to treat, but one thing to note with all of these products is they do take time, it''s not an immediate change unfortunately, it does take continuous use to notice a difference. But the turning point for me was when I noticed I was using less concealer.

Now I just need to cut back on the B&J, and that could be the difficult part.

What products do you rely on to help with scarring and pigmentation? I'd love to know your recommendations and any tips you may have.

XOXO Claire


  1. Loved this post Claire, I have exactly the same issue and you're so right that clear skin is whats seen as beautiful! The Kiehls spot solution sounds so good. I'm thinking of heading to Kiehls and having a skincare consultation with them next week, I just keep hearing such good things about their products. I'm going to pick up their primer you mentioned while I'm there too :) xx

    Jodie | jodiemelissa.com

  2. Brilliant product suggestions, I have been using the Alpha PH Liquid Gold and I find that has really helped clear my breakouts.


  3. Aww thank you Jodie, I've really been impressed with Kiehls so far, especially the the spot solution. Make sure to let me know how you get on ;)

  4. Thank you, I tried Alpha H years ago but I found it a little too strong for my sensitive skin, but I've heard many great things :)

  5. I've been eyeing up the Sunday Riley Luna Oil so very tempted to pick it up now! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  6. It's so expensive, I was lucky enough to get it as a christmas present and I really wanted to hate it.... but I can't it's so nice!

  7. Such good recommendations.. Estee Lauder Enlighten Serum sounds really good, and I love Estee Lauder Skincare products anyway, currently I'm using Shiseido Intensive Anti-Spot Serum, but definitely gonna give Enlighten serum a shot.
    Zunaira Sulman.

  8. Ooooohhh that Estée Lauder serum sounds just like my thing! I got a similar spot-treatment serum aaages ago from Sally Beauty but totally forgot the name and never saw it back in stock. As you describe it, it sounds just like that product (and I've been looking for something similar for about 2 years, no joke!). Definitely will try it!!!

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  9. It's so nice, I never repurchase things, so for me that says a lot haha :)

  10. I never repurchase things, especially skincare but I just love this stuff!

  11. Definitely adding the Kiehls Dark Spot Solution and Mario Badescu mask to my wishlist! I haven't tried anything from Kiehls, but I need to change that for sure.

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

  12. ahh I just want to try all of these! Such great choices, I've written them all down to make sure I try them out eventually :)

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic - Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

  13. Both Kiehls and Mario Badescu are amazing brands, they really know their skincare!

  14. Thank you, let me know if you pick any of them up :)

  15. THANK YOU for this post! I've been in the market for something to help fade previous acne scarring around my chin. I really do love Estee Lauder skin care, it's amazing stuff and I was impressed to read about the Kiehl's solution as well (spots disappear, you say?!) I'll definitely have to check that out.


  16. Aww no problem, I've definitely noticed an improvement with my newest scarring, darker scars do take a little longer but the combination is working for me :)


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