Glass selects the best products for fading acne scars

SO, YOU’VE managed to get shot of that pesky pimple. But, what should you do with the discolouration it’s left behind? Whether you call them acne scars, dark spots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, fading the red facial marks brought on by acne can prove an immense challenge.

And, while it’s always best to consult with your dermatologist, thankfully, there are over-the-counter products that can help manage and treat the common skin concern. From the radiance-renewing power of CeraVe’s SA cream to the smooth-as-silk Brightly Serum by Harley Street’s Dr Sam Bunting, here are Glass’ top products for helping fade, soothe and protect post-acne scarring.


Isntree Green Tea Fresh Toner
To ensure your acne-fighting products are working to their full potential, prep your skin beforehand. This nourishing toner, enriched with 80% Jeju green tea extract, soothes, refines, and protects skin from damage while helping it better absorb the other products in your routine. Simply splash a good amount onto a cotton pad and swipe gently across the face.

£18 for 200ml at Beauty & Seoul

Augustinus Bader The Cream
A delightfully decadent solution to those pesky red marks, Augustinus Bader’s award-winning The Cream diminishes the appearance of dark spots with vitamin E while helping skin cells return to their optimal function, ensuring pigment isn’t overproduced.

£205 for 50ml at Augustinus Bader

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream
This TikTok-viral cream is hyped for a reason. Developed with dermatologists, the surprisingly rich formula exfoliates with salicylic acid while retaining the skin’s natural moisture with hyaluronic acid and urea. Gentle smoothing with zero irritation or dryness; it’s a real winner.

£9 for 177ml at Lookfantastic

Good Light Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion
This wonderfully hydrating milky toner not only makes a gorgeous addition to your vanity but leaves skin supple and luminous with redness-reducing meadowfoam seed oil and natural AHAs.

£15.80 for 100ml at Good Light

Vegan by Happy Skin Pineapple + Vitamin C Day & Night Moisturiser
Full of natural antioxidants and radiance-restoring oils, this feather-light cream provides a boost of hydration with vitamin C rich pineapple extract, carrot root extract, and evening primrose oil, gently softening hyperpigmentation to reveal a healthy-looking glow.

£29.90 for 50ml at Vegan by Happy Skin


 Vitamin C

Some by Mi Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum
This glow-boosting serum by K-Beauty’s Some by Mi was made with acne troubles in mind. Formulated with potent plant extracts, niacinamide, galactomyces, and antioxidant-rich vitamin C, you won’t be waiting long for visible results with this undeniably effective formula. Perfect for pairing with your favourite daily SPF.

£24 for 30ml at Melon & Starfish

Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum
Even out any lumps and bumps with this beautifully formulated brightening serum from Tatcha. Aside from the eye-catching packaging, this gentle yet effective oil-free product boasts a powerful mix of 20% vitamin C and 10% AHA that softens the skin leaving it enviably smooth and even-toned.

£64 for 30ml at Tatcha

Dr Barbara Sturm The Good C
This skin-friendly vitamin C formula from Hollywood-favourite Dr Barbara Sturm is as good as it gets when it comes to evening out the complexion. Containing an optimal 5% vitamin C – boosted in absorption by the inclusion of zinc – this luxe serum helps reduce pigmentation, improve overall tone and protect skin from damaging free radicals that worsen existing scarring.

£110 for 30ml at Dr Barbara Sturm

The Nue Co Topical-C
Mixed in with your favourite moisturiser, toner, or just plain water, this powdered vitamin C boosts collagen, fights sun damage, and fades pigmentation. It’s as effortless as it is effective.

£40 for 15g at The Nue Co



Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
A cult-favourite from K-Beauty giant Cosrx, this pore-clearing liquid works to gently exfoliate the skin, promoting a clearer complexion and reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier. Carefully build up from once a week to using BHA two to three times a week to minimise texture and eradicate blemishes.

£26 for 100ml at Skinlibrary

Dermatica Azelaic Acid 20% Cream
Produced naturally by yeasts that live on the skin, azelaic acid should always be a go-to for treating acne and the marks it leaves behind. The most potent formula of its kind, Dermatica’s 20% Cream has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties making it highly effective in refining skin texture and treating blemishes. Apply twice daily for optimal results.

£19.99 for 30ml at Dermatica

Starface Hydro-Stars
These adorable spot patches – made from hydrocolloid, an ingredient used in surgical dressing – accelerates the skin’s healing process by absorbing bacteria and reducing inflammation, shrinking spots overnight and minimising the scar left behind.

£11.99 for 32 patches at Starface

Decorté Whitelogist Brightening Correcting Serum with Kojic Acid
Housed in a glittering silver bottle, this ultra-luxe serum by Decorté is formulated with kojic acid and a nourishing Bright Concentrate Complex that effectively targets and diminishes discolouration. Gently blend this potent formula into the skin both morning and night for lustre-restoring results.

£126 for 40ml at Decorté

Dr Sam’s Flawless Brightly Serum
Formulated with a potent elixir of actives that glides across the skin like satin, the Flawless Brightly Serum by Dr Sam’s – the eponymous line founded by Harley Street dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting – provides everything you need to tackle uneven tone in one convenient bottle. It makes the perfect daytime serum that adds that extra bit of pop to your morning routine.

£44 for 30ml at Dr Sam Bunting



Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen
No morning routine is complete without sunscreen. This velvety antioxidant-rich multitasker by Supergoop! leaves a weightless primer-like finish that soothes and protects blemishes from sun-induced skin damage with broad-spectrum SPF 30.

£30 for 50ml at Cult Beauty

Pai British Summer Time SPF 30
Navigating the realm of SPF with hyper-sensitive skin can be a daunting task. Thankfully, British Summer Time – a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen by organic skincare brand Pai – is ideal for all skin types. Made with non-nano zinc oxide, this reef-friendly formula also deflects blue-light and infra-red to ensure reactive, scar-prone skin stays protected and happy all day long.

£39 for 75ml at Pai Skincare

Ren Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30
Boasting SPF 30 with UVA, UVB, and blue light protection, this mattifying vegan sunscreen by Ren uses 22% non-nano zinc oxide to gently but effectively protect against sun damage. Made with even the most sensitive skin in mind, the formula elegantly sits on the skin’s surface, acting as a barrier that protects and soothes uneven skin tone.

£32 for 50ml at Ren Skincare

by Joshua Hendren