There’s nothing more annoying than a breakout, but then it often leaves behind marks as well. I’ve had so many breakouts and the resulting acne scars that I’ve now perfected my scar-clearing routine – it’s actually SO effective that it only takes a week or two for them to disappear. I’ve been doing this scar treating ritual for years, and every time I get a new acne scar, I know exactly how to deal with it. Here’re the three-step process and techniques I absolutely swear by:

Dermarolling – Aka Micro-Needling

What it is: This is actually magical for a multitude of skin issues! A dermaroller is covered in tiny little needles that you roll across your skin (trust me on this!), which cause tiny abrasions. Your skin reacts with a rush of blood and collagen, which repairs the area and builds new skin cells. The collagen boost improves skin’s elasticity and plumps your skin, all while diminishing scars and even wrinkles – yay!

How to use it:  For best results, it should be done when the scars are new (the pimple has completely gone, but there’s a mark on your skin), but avoid using it directly on any acne as this will spread bacteria. Cleanse and tone your face first, then move the roller up and down, and diagonally across your skin – the main thing is to go slowly and be gentle (check out my video below for the full tutorial). After, you can apply a repairing serum, and because of the tiny holes in your skin, it will be absorbed into your skin much more efficiently. Remember to clean the derma-roller with rubbing alcohol before and after every use, and store it in a plastic case. You should get rid of them after 10 to 15 uses, and use a new one.

Where to get it: Dermarollers aren’t expensive, and you can find them online (I get mine from The Dollhouse) and always look out for Titanium needles, as these are the best. Anything below 0.5 mm needle length won’t make a huge difference to your skin, but at 0.5mm you can use your derma-roller every one to two weeks – this is also a good option if it’s your first-time derma-rolling. 0.75 mm and 1.0 mm will have the best effect (I use 1.0mm), but I would avoid doing this more often than once a month.

Esthederm E.V.E. Cell Regeneration Serum

This serum is ahhhhmazing, it literally makes new skin! It’s so scientifically advanced that it contains substances found in skin tissue, like 21 amino acids, mineral salts, vitamins, and a ton of other genius peptides, instead of just the usual anti-aging ingredients. These Essential Vital Elements (E.V.E.), provide the perfect environment for skin to naturally regenerate, thereby improving scars, filling wrinkles, and plumping your skin. I wear this almost every night, and after 21 days your skin just feels fresh and new – I can’t recommend this highly enough. FYI, it’s not the best for wearing under makeup.

Red Light Therapy

What it is: Let’s just start with the fact it’s based on technology developed by NASA to heal wounds! It’s the final step in the ultimate acne scar fading routine. The red light increases energy in your skin, which triggers a series of reactions that result in new collagen forming. More collagen, less scars. This boosts collagen unlike anything else I’ve tried, and it really does work wonders for scars, and wrinkles too. Your skin will glow instantly!

How to use it: It’s insanely good, and I use it whenever I have time (even on flights). You just gently move the red light over your skin in different sections for a few minutes at a time. See how I use it in my video below.

Where to get it: I’ve been using the Baby Quasar red light for years: It’s not cheap (around $400), but it really, really is an investment for your skin.

By doing all three steps, you’ll notice that any new scars will disappear within a week! I know the full process isn’t the cheapest, but it honestly does work. You could always start with just one of them, but I would I recommend doing at least two of the three steps: For a cheaper option, I would use the derma-roller and E.V.E. serum, or you can do the E.V.E. serum and the red light therapy.

However, if you’ve had scars that have been there for a long time (six months or more), they become much harder to get rid of. But don’t panic, this will definitely help to fade old scars, but it might not completely remove them. Another way to fade scars is to regularly rub oil (like Bio Oil or Vitamin E oil) into your scars, which will stimulate blood circulation, and over a few months, they’ll gradually fade. If your scars really don’t budge with these methods, the next step to try would be bleaching them with something like lemon, or you could go to a clinic to have them bleached. If it’s an indented scar, fillers from a reputable doctor will work best. Remember every scar is different, and sometimes you just need to be patient to see results.

Also, just an FYI that nothing in this post is sponsored, I really love these products, and I think they work amazingly. I hope this helps some of you out, please comment below if you have any questions or tips you’d like to share. Xx