Acne scars often take a while to fade. But aside from surgery or any expensive treatments, you can splurge on something called Retinol. And retinol, simply put, is a derivative of Vitamin A. It is known to stimulate cell production underneath your skin, which helps speed up the process of cell turnover. (Just a quick FYI: the average healthy skin’s cell turnovers every 28 days. Works in sync with average women’s menstrual cycle!) By increasing the cellular turnover, it actually exfoliates your skin and pushes your dull, dead skin to the top and gets rid of it. In addition, it also stimulates cell renewal such as repairing and restoring your collagen and elastin.
What I bought: Peter Thomas Roth Fusion PM
What the product says: A potent retinol serum that delivers skin-renewing benefits via optimally concentrated encapsulated retinol for maximum results with minimal irritation.
What to do: Retinol is sun-sensitive, so it’s best to apply before bed at night. I was told to only use this once a week, because there’s a chance your skin might get a bit flaky or even dryness. But that’s not to worry, because remember it’s supposed to increase your cell turnover process, so like I said, it’s just encouraging the top layer of your skin (we can talk about that later, the science behind skin - there’s actually three layers!) to fall off so your newer skin can shine through.
Remember to stay patient, because all products take time to react, and every’s skin is different. So just keep it natural:)
And of course, don’t forget to do the usual - you know your skin care regime, eating healthy, putting on spf & sunscreen, stay hydrated (through fruits, veggies and water), doing masks, exercising, and you know the rest.