5 Aug 2013

Operation: Fade Those Scars.


Oh blemish scars, you are horrible, confidence sucking devils. I can count at the very least 11 of you on my face right now without looking in a mirror, I know you all so well. Some of you are worse than others, some are new and some are old but I'd very much like you all gone forever, thanks.

...I don't know about you but when I get a blemish, it doesn't bother me all that much, I can deal with it  for a few days (unless I have to leave the house but let's not talk about that). It's the scar that's left behind for months at a time that disheartens me so very much, they're just so hard to hide!
In the past month or so I've been looking into products that aim to brighten skin and fade problem pigmentation. It's my mid-year resolution, my new mission in life: scar free skin.

I decided to go for the Elemental Herbology Lighten & Brighten first, as a serum I could easily slip it into my routine and it sounded very impressive in the description. However my and my fussy nose do not get along well with this, it just doesn't smell nice. At all. I persevered for a few uses but have since left it alone as holding my breath while applying it isn't ideal. I also got a small sample of the Aurelia Revitalise & Glow Serum in a recent order and even though it's not aimed at really fading marks, it contributes to me looking less like a zombie, so we'll include it here... It's a really light, creamy texture that sinks in easily and leaves my skin feeling calm and fresh. So far so good.

You've seen me ramble on about the Trilogy Rosehip Oil recently but this oil is famed for reducing scars and blemishes as well as doing just about everything else. I haven't noticed a dramatic change since introducing this into my routine, but these things do take time! It is a really gorgeous oil though and leaves my skin smoother and hydrated come morning.

Lastly two more additions to my quest for scar free skin: The Jurlique Purely Bright Day Cream* & the Purely Bright Radiance Serum* I've been using this duo nearly every morning for at least two weeks now and I can confirm they're pretty lovely. They feel really light on my skin and sink in quickly, I can't stand tacky, thick creams on my combination skin, I find they do more harm than good. These smell fresh and floral, perhaps a little too heavily scented for my tastes but I am fussy with these things. There are two nasty scars on my cheek thanks to under the skin cysts but I have noticed they have reduced in size and faded a little since introducing all of these products into my routine over the past month.

It's difficult to say what is helping more when I'm always testing new things, & I know this isn't something that is going to be cured over night. With a little determination and sticking to a routine I should hopefully see my skin continue to improve and will definitely have post an update in a few months! 

If you have any recommendations for brightening products let me know! :)

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  1. I heard that Pukka radiance serum is amazing for brightening :) Also you can try turmeric mask or turmeric infused oil - i've been using it for two weeks now and it's amazing!<3 x

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    1. I've heard about the pukka serum too! I'd like to try it!
      The turmeric mask/oil sounds interesting, will have to look into it! x

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  2. I feel very much the same way as you -- I hate those scars and marks more than the blemishes themselves. Vitamin C is well known to brighten skin and fade hyperpigmentation. I've been using the Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum for two months and u can safely say my skin has been looking the best it has in the last 5 years or so!

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    1. Ooooooo! I've looked at the vit c serum, it's super pricey but I think any vitamin c product is, the new una b range in boots seems good though! x

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  3. Definitely going to try rosehip oil, I've heard so much about it and my skincare routine consists mainly of oils, so why not add another one :)

    roshjourney.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha mine too! facial oil addict!! x

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  4. Ooh I look forward to seeing how this works!

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    1. Thank you! I'm hoping for miracles x

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  5. Great post, i'm just like you! I can live with spots but scarring is the worst. I've just started using Rosehip Oil and I like to think it is helping. I've been using Pepta Bright for a few months and I definitely think that has made a difference. I look forward to hearing what works for you :)

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    1. I've always wanted to try pepta bright but never got around to paying £30 for it aha ;) x

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  6. My pimples leave dreadful scars too! It's horrible :( I've been using rosehip oil recently too, and am waiting to see any really effects. Although I think it has helped calm my skin down. The Jurlique duo sounds lovely x

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

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    1. I think the hormonal ones are the worst! Defo look into Jurlique! x

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  7. What a helpful post! I do have a lot of pimple scars that I could use little bit of lightening. I've been reading a lot of good reviews of the Kiehl's Dark Spot corrector thing. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm curious about it.

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    1. Thanks! :) I've never tried Kiehls skincare! x

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  8. As with the scar thing, been there and done that. I'd really recommend incorporating an exfoliating toner into your routine. Of course, you need to start slow, but build up to using it day and night. I've been doing this recently and I have seen a MASSIVE difference in my skin. It really helps with spots (I only ever get them if I have a bad reaction to a product) and, since it increases cell turnover, it will help the scars fade quicker. From my most recent reaction, my scars have faded in two weeks time. Clarins Exfoliator is good, but I also like the REN Clarifying Toning Lotion. It also rids the need of any exfoliating treatments (I actually find they aggravate my skin now). Best of luck!

    xo Lillian from 'Parisian To Be'

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    1. Ahhh I use both of those toners! :D
      I never noticed a huge difference with the REN one though! :(
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  9. I went to Sephora recently and they recommended I try Peter Thomas Roth's Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum or Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum. I just finished using Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector and while I thought the serum felt nice on the face I didn't see a huge improvement. I do think my complexion looks more even but maybe it wasn't strong enough for acne scars. I'm going to try Murad's Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum next!

    www.cynthialions.com

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    1. There are so many brightening products at the moment, it's overwhelming! The murad one sounds good! x

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  10. I use my rose hip oil all the time and I really love it, I agree though that I'm not sure it helps with scarring! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    1. I like it too but I can't tell if it's broken me out slightly or not! a bit worried x

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  11. I have really bad scarring from when I suffered acne in my early teens - the spots have gone but the little niggly marks are still there which is a huge pain. This post was really helpful, I've added a few of these products to my wishlist now! :) x

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    1. The marks left behind are the worst, not even full coverage foundation helps sometimes! glad to have helped :) x

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  12. I've heard lots about rosehip oils, especially this Trilogy one. Yes, fading scars definitely takes time. At least your skin feels more smooth and hydrated for now!
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    Celina | The Celution

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  13. I use the Trilogy Rosehip oil, it find it really helps but it does take a little while. I notice it takes the main redness down from fresh scars almost overnight, then probably 3 weeks to fade them out if I use it every night. Keep at it! x

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    1. I will try dabbing it on just the areas then as it can be a much for my skin every night! x

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  14. Well, I have the same problem! It's hard to got rid of those scars! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

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    1. I know, I've had some for over 7 or 8 months now! x

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  15. Added so many things to my wishlist after reading this post! I love serums and oils in their cute little bottles :) xxx

    Saffron Tinted Glasses

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    1. haha oooops!! I know, I love good packaging most of all! x

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  16. I just let out a little 'ahh' when i saw this come up on my news feed, somebody else who has the same problems as me and wants to do something about it!
    Ive recently been posting about my post acne scars and how ive been trying to clear them, have you tried the Estee Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Serum, its amazing ive been using it for a week so far and theyve already diminished in size and redness, so fingers crossed it will clear them for good over time :)

    www.frankiebooxx.blogspot.com

    xXx

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  17. Great post I have always loved Bio Oil but will be trying some of the ones you suggested <3

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  18. love the trilogy oil have been using it for months!

    This Girl Loves Chic .

    xx

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  19. I'll be really interested to hear how you get on with the Aurelia serum! I was umming and ahhing over it (as well as having a mental battle between the Pai oil or the Trilogy option) before I decided to just go for the new ANR but there is ALWAYS space for a miracle product! Personally, I've found that Liquid Gold has made a huge difference to the acne scars on my cheeks over the last few months. I've also really enjoyed using The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion... it's very reasonably priced too and you can really notice the difference after using it.

    poppywithlove.blogspot.com

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