Struggling with acne scars at any age is an ongoing struggle, and finding the best acne-prone skincare may make the slope feel even harder. There are several types of acnes—mainly cystic, fungal acne, hormonal breakouts, blackheads, closed comedones, and whiteheads, each with its own set of causes. That is why it is critical to locate skincare that can go to the source of your acne and provide treatments to clean it up including the scars. 

Once you’ve determined the sort of acne you’re dealing with, you’ll discover that there are several product choices available in the market that target specifically to that problem. Following that, you’ll want to figure out what sorts of chemicals and acne solutions will work best to clean up scars, breakouts, and block new pimples from forming.

Below, Beauty Insider breaks down some of the best products for acne scars problems to add to your new regimen, from cleansers, serums, pimple patches, and more. However, if you find it hard to treat those acne scars away, we suggest you book an appointment with a dermatologist, as they can help to aid in critical skin conditions. 

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What To Look For in Skincare


When seeking acne-fighting ingredients, look for salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy acid, and benzoyl peroxide, an antimicrobial compound that acts to destroy germs. Other beneficial elements include vitamin C, an enzyme that gradually lightens post-acne discoloration and scars. And also niacinamide, which helps to balance out skin texture and colour. Peptides and ceramides are excellent for preserving the skin barrier, while soothing botanicals such as aloe vera, and green tea help relieve redness and irritation.

Exfoliator & Scrubs

Exfoliants can help remove acne scars by increasing cell renewal, which clears the pores of dirt and reveals cleaner, brighter skin. However, as you all already know, exfoliate or scrubbing should be utilised only once or twice a week. Excessive exfoliate and scrubbing can scrap out your skin layer and its natural oils. Which is not good. 

Exfoliants can be classified into two types—physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants exfoliate the skin with materials such as jojoba beads, sugar, or coffee. Chemical exfoliants on the other hand, such as glycolic, lactic, and citric acids are light superficial acids that can enzymatically exfoliate your skin. 

Serum & Gel 

Spot treatments and acne scar gel have the largest amounts of active compounds, making them an important aspect to tackle pimples and acne scars. Spot treatments contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or sulphur and are better for stray pimples than treating a whole area of acne. Meanwhile, serums include larger concentrations of active substances and may be tailored to your unique skin-care requirements. Vitamin C serums can prevent melanin synthesis, making them useful for treating discoloration and levelling out skin tone.

Best Skincare For Acne Scars

1. Bio Oil Skincare Oil

The No.1 selling and trusted stretch mark product in Malaysia. This specialist skincare product helps reduce the risk of stretch marks from forming, reducing the appearance of existing stretch marks and also scars. Clinically proven, Bio Oil Skincare Oil contains 4 essential oils including Chamomile, Calendula, Lavender and Rosemary as well as vitamins A & E, which effectively keeps skin hydrated and supple, allowing the skin to stretch and recover beautifully. 

Why We Love It 

  • Delivered deep into the skin to repair skin
  • Suitable for sensitive skin and non- comedogenic
  • Suitable for everyday use

Price: (60ml) RM34.95; (125ml) RM58.25; (200ml) RM79.45

Where To Buy: Watsons, Guardian, Lazada & Shopee

2. MissOLUMES Botanic Bio Placenta Serum

MissOLUMES Botanic Bio Placenta Serum is a groundbreaking serum formulation to address and improve the look of scars, acne, minimise post-blemish scarring and revive your complexion. 

Formulated with Rye (type of grass, from Wheat family) Phyto-placenta which is extracted from the plant cells itself and then fermented with Mushroom extract, alongside Kalalit extract to combat scarring, diminish acne, boost cell regeneration and prevent further skin damage. This is a must have serum for those struggling with acne scars. 

Why We Love It 

  • An expertly blended serum designed to suit all skin types
  • Perfect for those with acne and acne scars
  • Rejuvenate skin cells and boost circulation

Price: (30ml) RM 59.90

Where To Buy: OLUMES

3. Mentholatum Acnes Whitening Mild Cleanser

The Whitening Light Cleanser, as the name implies, is a mild and gentle cleanser that contains Amino Acid as its main component. It features a soap-free recipe with a pH level comparable to that of the natural skin. 

The ingredient list includes salicylic acid, a powerful acne-fighting agent capable of unclogging your pores, and is designed to prevent Acne and reduce oil production of the skin. Furthermore, the ingredient list contains more than 95% pure Centella Asiatica Extract, which helps to improve your skin from blemishes and pimples while easing any discomfort.

Why We Love It 

  • Contains Amino Acid, Salicylic Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract & Vitamin C
  • Free from Soap, SLS, SLES, Fragrance, Alcohol, Paraben, Colourants & Silicone
  • Resulting in better skin

Price: RM 20.90

Where To Buy: Watsons

4. Wishful Yo Glow Enzyme Scrub

Why We Love It 

  • Contain Papaya & Pineapple Fruit Enzymes to smooth and improve skin clarity
  • Vegan friendly, sulphate-free, paraben-free
  • Exfoliate dead skin and even skin texture

Price: RM 95.00

Where To Buy: Sephora

5. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% face serum is one of the most anticipated items from the Ordinary. This product is amazing, targeted for acne-prone skin, red patches, or uneven skin tone. Efficiently shrink enlarged pores and reduce greasy skin, which mainly lead to unclogged pores. Before using any thick moisturising cream, apply this serum—both morning and night. 

Why We Love It 

  • Non sticky, non greasy
  • Works wonder for all acne skin type
  • Sulphates and paraben-free

Price: RM 40.00

Where To Buy: Sephora

6. Benzac Ac Gel 5%

This trustee Benzoyl peroxide is a well-known ingredient for fighting acne. This ingredient comes in different concentrations to treat any kind of breakout from mild to moderate. It can effectively fight of bacteria and dead skin cells that clog your pores. This Benzoyl Peroxide works particularly well for inflammatory acne, including pustules, papules, cysts, and nodules.

Why We Love It 

  • Unblocks pores and has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Reduces the production of sebum
  • Kills 94% of acne bacteria in 7 days

Price: RM 40.68

Where To Buy: Guardian

7. Origins Spot Remover™ Acne Treatment Gel

With just one dot of Origin’s Spot Remover, feel its anti-spot technology helps visibly correct post pimple darkening like discoloration and scars and also dissolve your existent pimple. Say bye-bye to that irritating redness you see because the caffeine and red algae will make it disappear. The super exfoliators in this product will work to lesser excess oils and pore-clogging debris.

Why We Love It 

  • Suitable for day and night treatment
  • Prevent excess oils and pore-clogging debris
  • Does not sting your skin

Price: RM 91.00

Where To Buy: Sephora

8. OXY Acne Patch 

OXY is a well-known and well-loved skincare brand that features quite a lot of blemish solutions. Besides their most famous OXY creams, the OXY Acne Patch 0.03cm are also considered the best-medicated acne patches. It is suitable for those with cystic acne as it contains antibacterial properties! Killing bacterias that cause acne and absorbing any excess oils.

Why We Love It 

  • Sweat-proof
  • Retains moisture
  • Looks invisible on the skin

Price: RM 12.88

Where To Buy: Guardian

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