The Ordinary routine for post acne scars


Scars and post acne signs are ruining self-esteem, not to mention our bank accounts in the look for the foundation that covers them entirely. Now there is hope for our skin and our wallets.

I’ve discovered The Ordinary range of products, affordable, effective, and reasonably easy to incorporate in one’s skincare routine.

Whether there are reddish-spotted spots, or deep scars, especially after severe acne, hormonal, or cystic the routine to improve the aspect of post acne scars is pretty simple, but it takes time, up to six months to see results.

The Ordinary morning routine for post acne scars

An example of the Ordinary routine would look like this:

In the morning, after gentle cleansing:

In my opinion, the morning routine should be as simple and fast as possible. But if you have more time in the morning, you can add one more of the products below:

  • Azelaic acid, just a small pee size, after the moisturizer. It can cause purging.
  • Alpha arbutin 2% + HA
  • Vitamin C, before moisturizer and sunscreen. I use Vitamin C by mixing it with the moisturizer. Wait at least 15 minutes before applying SPF.

I will make a short resume for The Ordinary actives that work wonders for your post acne scars. The hyaluronic acid, the moisturizer, and the oils have an essential role in hydration, which is a crucial step in anyone’s skincare routine.

How Niacinamide works against post acne scars

Niacinamide is Vitamin B3 that treats acne, soothes inflammation and brightens the skin tone. Zinc can help regulate oil production.

It’s perfect for the post acne routine because it calms down the inflammation.

Niacinamide is efficient in treating post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (the dark spots pimples leave behind) while zinc reduces oil and regulates sebum production.

As a side effect of Niacinamide, if your skin’s dry, it may be a little too drying for you. I don’t use it daily: in the winter 1-2 times/week, in the summer up to 3-4 times/week.

How Azelaic Acid works against post acne scars

Azelaic Acid works wonders against post acne scars and acne because it has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-keratinizing properties, meaning that it prevents the build-up of dead cells in the pores. The Ordinary Azelaic Acid is gently formulated, suitable for sensitive skin, too.

The Azelaic is perfect for prone rosacea skin.

As a side effect, Azelaic Acid can cause irritations in some people. I am one of those people; that’s why I use it as a spot treatment when an ugly pimple appears on my skin.

You can use the Azelaic in the morning or/and evening routine. As all actives, you have to introduce it into your skincare routine gradually.

How Vitamin C works against post acne scars

Vitamin C helps to minimize the discoloration that is often caused by scarring. It improves and corrects the appearance of dark spots caused by unprotected sun exposure, evens skin color and restores skin brightness.

Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. It defends the skin from irritation, inflammation, and pollution. Vitamin C reduces red signs caused by acne or rashes, improving the natural healing process of the complexion.

The Ordinary 23% version feels a bit grungy on your skin, but you can combine it with a drop of your moisturizer. This way the grunginess will not bother you so much.

I recommend you start using it two times a week, while you check your complexion for reactions. When I went up from using it two times/week to 3 times I’ve noticed more black spots. I feel just fine with applying it two times/week.

My skin is brighter, smoother and well-balanced.

The Ordinary evening routine for post acne scars

In the evening, once a week, I would apply, of course after the double cleansing and toner:

  • AHA 30% + BHA 2% peeling solution. You could alternate it with glycolic or lactic acid, they also go 3-4 times a week or more but pay attention to over-exfoliation. It’s best if you start slow, only with the AHA/BHA at first. In the case of the AHA/BHA exfoliating mask, you have to work your way up to get skin tolerance. I recommend you start using it every two weeks for 2-3 minutes. Then work your way up to using it 9-10 minutes once a week. It can take 2-3 months to get to 10 minutes of AHA/BHA once a week.
  • Hyaluronic acid 2% + b5 on damp skin
  • Retinol – three times/week
  • moisturizing cream mixed with 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Oil or 100% Plant-Derived Squalane.

In the evenings when you do not apply the AHA/BHA exfoliating mask, start with hyaluronic acid on wet skin, and finish with moisturizing cream + oil, three times a week.

For extra-hydrating results look up the 7-skin method.

How retinol works against post acne scars

After 4-6 weeks of using the AHA/BHA mask, you can start The Ordinary Retinol 0,2% or 0.5%. Its place in the routine is between hyaluronic acid and moisturizer. Since retinol and retinoid are in a dry oil base, there is no need to mix oil with moisturizer.

Retinol is a fat-soluble type of vitamin A. Retinol helps prevent pores from becoming clogged. Therefore the acne has no ground to develop.

As a side effect of retinol, I mention redness, dryness and mild stinging. It takes a bit of time for your skin to adjust to retinol. That’s why you start with the lowest concentration of retinol and work your way up to tolerate it. And that’s why I love The Ordinary retinol in squalane. It provides the effects of retinol powered up by the hydration effect of squalane.

The use of retinol can make your skin more sun-sensitive, so it’s especially important to wear sunscreen.

How Rosehip Oil works against post acne scars

Rosehip Oil is a friendly one to acne-prone skin.

Rosehip oil is loaded with moisturizing fatty acids and a natural form of retinol (vitamin A). It is suitable for acne-prone skin because this one lacks linoleic acid, one of the many fatty acids in rosehip oil.

Fatty acids keep skin from getting dehydrated. Vitamin A helps the skin’s natural exfoliating process.

You should use it as the last step of your night-time routine. I mix it with The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors aka NMF.

As a side effect, you can expect light acne rashes, desquamation. This stage is called purging, and, depending on the severity of your acne, may take between 2 and 6/8 weeks to see some results.

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These were my thoughts after using The Ordinary range of products against post-acne scars. Keep it classy, and…don’t forget to subscribe to our free newsletter for more skincare tips, online deals, and fashion trends. Happy shopping!