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Acne scar treatment mistakes to avoid

People with acne scars often have to put up with a lot, from unwelcome stares to irritating comments. The easiest solution might be to resort to any of the innumerable acne scar treatment products available in the market. However, this may not be a good idea as not all acne treatment products are effective. Opting for them might prove to be costly - to both your skin and your pocket.

It may not seem very obvious at first glance, but acne and acne scars aren't quite the same. Acne is an inflammation of your hair follicles, caused by blockage from oil and dead skin cells. Acne scars, on the other hand, are what acne leaves behind after the inflammation has ended - usually an indented scar, or dark marks and spots.

Naturally, treating an inflammation and treating a scar won't be the same. Let's have a look at how acne reduction and acne scar reduction are achieved by over-the-counter products:

How acne treatments reduce acne1

  • Killing the bacteria that cause acne
  • Removing excess oil
  • Preventing your pores from clogging
  • Reducing inflammation

How acne scar treatments reduce scarring2, 3

  • Boosting skin regeneration
  • Reducing or preventing discolouration
  • Exfoliating your skin

As shown by the comparison, the effects that help to reduce acne don't do much to acne scars, which need a different set of effects to treat.

To win the battle against acne scars, you will need to use a product with active ingredients that can help with acne scars, such as Dermatix® Acne Scar. Dermatix® Acne Scar's advanced formulation contains ingredients that can help to lighten the appearance of acne scars and dark spots/marks.4, 5, 6

Dermatix Acne

Tested and proven

Results from an independent consumer testing panel of 65 men and women ages 18 to 4010


Now that you know the difference, be sure to grab the right treatments for your skincare routine next time you visit the pharmacist!


Dermatix Advance Srar ProgressDermatix Acne
Lightens scars, marks and dark spots caused by acne
Smoothens, moisturizes and lightens skin
Innovative CPX silicone technology that dries quickly and gives a soft silky feel on skin
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