To reduce the appearance of acne scars, Women's Health magazine recommends a gentle skin care regimen free of harsh chemicals that can aggravate scars. They promote the use of a 30 SPF for protection from the sun's harmful rays, mineral makeup to subtly blend the appearance of the scars into the skin and a cell activator to even out scars and reduce redness.
According to WebMD, the use of cortisone and fade creams calms the skin in areas where a scar is red or swollen. Cortisone reduces inflammation, and cortisone skin creams are available without a prescription. Women's Health magazine warns to stay away from other topical remedies such as cocoa butter and vitamin E. Since these remedies aren't strong enough to heal scars, it's best to stick with creams and serums that are designed to treat acne marks.
WebMD also urges people to stay out of the sun in order to prevent scars in the first place. The sun's ultraviolet rays stimulate melanocytes, the pigment-producing cells in the skin, leading to additional redness and discoloration. When outdoors, they recommend the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater, and this should be reapplied frequently, especially after swimming or sweating.