Whether it’s acne scarring, stretch marks, or injury, thousands of us have different types of scars to deal with.
A loss or change in your collagen structure can cause scarring, so the best scar treatments will promote skin cell renewal and collagen production.
Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice, says: “The most common scars are raised thick scars (called keloidal scars), there are indented scars, tread mark textured looking stretch mark scars (usually on stretched belly skin after pregnancy), and flat scars (usually a result of a superficial wound or a pimple, these are usually temporary scars).”
While keloid scars are best treated by a dermatologist, who can use certain lasers or fillers, there are some over-the-counter products that can minimise redness and the appearance of some post-blemish scarring and those pesky stretch marks.
We’ve rounded up the best scar treatment lotions and potions below for a confident new you.
Best scar treatments for 2020
1. Murad InvisiScar Recovery Treatment
Popped a few pimples you shouldn’t have? You need this miracle-working cocktail of BHAs and brightening vitamin C to minimise post-blemish scarring.
Radiance-boosting and redness-reducing, it instantly ‘fills’ uneven skin tone while gradually fading discolouration of scarring and dark spots over around eight weeks.
It will work to refine your skin’s appearance and leave your with a smoother complexion.
Price: £35, Cult Beauty – buy here now
2. JASON Vitamin E 32,000iu Oil – Scar & Stretch Mark Treatment
Revive and regenerate your skin with this vitamin E beauty oil that’s full of natural antioxidants.
The multi-tasking marvel works to reduce scarring and stretch marks while also smoothing wrinkles and rough patches. Use on hands, face or body as often as needed.
Price: £9.49, Lookfantastic – buy here now
3. Retin-C Vitamin Scar Treatment Oil 09
This potent scar treatment oil promotes skin cell shedding and renewal with its powerful blend of 2% retinoid and vitamins C and E.
It’s perfect for all types of skin discolouration, acnes scars and stretch marks.
Vitamin C in the form of ascorbyl isostearate brightens skin while fighting acne bacteria to prevent new spots and scars from forming. It also inhibits the generation of melanin (that can cause dark spots) and accelerates the synthesis of collagen.
What’s more, it’s made in the UK, is part of the clean beauty skincare revolution, and is cruelty-free.
Price: £17.99, Face Theory – buy here now
4. Bio-Oil Skincare Oil
There aren’t many women who haven’t tried Bio Oil – and that’s because it really works. With over 10,000 reviews of Amazon, it’s a bestseller for a reason.
The formulation combines a blend of Vitamins A and E and plant extracts suspended in an oil base that work together to help improve the skin’s texture and increase its elasticity.
It’s excellent for pregnancy stretch marks and improving the appearance of new and old scars, whether from surgery, accidents, burns, insect bites, scratches or conditions such as acne or chickenpox.
Price: £20, Amazon – buy here now
5. Kelo-Cote Silicone Scar Gel
Do you suffer with itchy, red or painful scars? This soothing scar treatment is here to help.
It works to relieve discomfort associated with scars and reduce redness, as well as smooth, soften and flatten their appearance.
The recommended treatment time is 60 to 90 days, so with a little patience you’ll get great results.
Price: £21.97, Amazon – buy here now
6. Skinkissed Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Let this potent concoction work its magic on your scars with its collagen-promoting hyaluronic acid.
The anti-ageing serum hydrates and rejuvenates, while minimising acne scars for a more even skin tone. The vitamin C will get your skin glowing, hydrate dry skin, and strengthen your skin’s renewal process.
What’s more, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.
Price: £24.95, Amazon – buy here now
7. Antipodes Divine Face Oil
Get a youth-boost in a bottle with this skin-loving facial oil that help stave off ageing as well as minimise the appearance of scars.
The eco and nature-conscious product combines jasmine and sweet orange with Antipodean bioactives sustainably sourced in natural rainforests in New Zealand.
Avocado, rosehip and macadamia nut oils will stimulate collagen synthesis in skin cells, helping to resurface your skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles as well as scars. It will be your new best friend with benefits.
Price: £7.99, Lookfantastic – buy here now
8. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting
Want to smooth acne scars and tackle dark spots at the same time? This super-special serum is sublime.
The silky-smooth formula helps to fade discolouration over four weeks, and provides anti-oxidant and anti-ageing action by stimulating collagen and elastin production.
Look younger and send those scar marks packing.
Price: £46, Lookfantastic – buy here now