During my decade-long battle with acne, my skin took quite a beating.
Spots here, scabs there, cysts everywhere — and while I tried my hardest not to pick or pop my spots, my skin was left incredibly uneven, with countless dents and marks all over my cheeks.
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been asked how I got rid of my acne scars and hyperpigmentation over the years.
The truth is, I never had any fancy, expensive treatments, nor did I invest in any triple-figure salon devices or high-end lotions.
In fact, the only product I used for scarring specifically was the Science of Skin Rescue No. One — and it worked pretty damn well!
Today, I thought I’d discuss my experience with dealing with acne scars and marks and also share my honest thoughts on what — in my opinion — is the best acne scar cream in the UK.
My experience with acne scars + marks
I had acne on and off for 10 years, starting from my mid-teens and continuing until I was 25. It was only a course of spironolactone, followed by Accutane, that got rid of the worst of my acne — but that wasn’t the end of my journey.
While I wouldn’t say my acne scarring was severe, my skin did look a little worse for wear after my treatments. I had a very uneven red skin tone overall, with lots of hyperpigmentation. If you’re wondering, hyperpigmentation is when an area on the face becomes darker, but the texture remains unchanged — so, in my case, this was lots of red or brown marks (sometimes, in clusters) from previous spots and cysts.
I also had some very shallow rolling scars on my cheeks, which are still there now — though not as noticeable. Generally though, I think a combination of genetics and simply being good at not picking my spots, meant my scarring wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
I’m super angry at myself for never taking close-up pictures of my marks and scars — I’d developed such low self-esteem from my acne-ridden years, that I’d rarely take photos of myself. But you can see the type of acne and marks I had, as well as my skin now, in the photograph below:
Science of Skin Rescue No.One Review
As I said earlier, this is the only product I used specifically for scarring — and I genuinely love it! I first introduced this into my routine towards the end of my Roaccutane treatment and still use it to this day.
I did later introduce a retinol from The Ordinary into my routine to help with my hormonal breakouts, but I think it doubled-up and helped with my scarring, too.
Now, if I have a breakout, I use Science of Skin Rescue No. One in the morning as a moisturiser. In the evening, I use retinol followed by Rescue No. One. With this routine, any new marks literally fade at the speed of light — together, they’ve got some incredible hyperpigmentation-fading power!
Anyway, let’s get into the nitty-gritty and discover why I think that Science of Skin’s Rescue No. One is the best acne scar cream on the market:
Product benefits + claims
Science of Skin claims that Rescue No. One is ‘intensive care for spot troubled skin, scientifically proven to reduce redness and scarring. Formulated to tackle spot, blemish and acne scarring and redness caused by spot breakouts.’
I spoke to Emma Blackman, CEO of Science Of Skin, about the benefits of Rescue — here’s what she told me:
“Rescue No. One contains active ingredients that penetrate the skin working at a cellular level. When the body heals, mast cells rush to the area where there is trauma in the skin and create an inflammatory response. This is the redness and occasionally itchiness your will get when your skin is healing — it’s this reaction that can lead to severe scarring as your body can remain in the healing cycle far longer than it needs to.
Our active ECGC green tea extract in Rescue calms this reaction down , so your skin has more stability whilst it’s healing. It speeds up the healing process, while the Green Tea reduces redness and improves the appearance of the scars. Magnolia bark helps to calm and soothe the skin, and microalgae acts like a protective layer and moisturiser; providing a second skin and long term hydration.
All our ingredients used are designed to work together to give your skin the very best outcome possible and to improve your acne scarring. Early intervention is far better and I recommend using Rescue as soon as the spots are no longer “active” for best results.
Summed up, the main product claims are:
- Improves the appearance of acne scars
- Reduces skin redness
- Can be used in place of moisturiser or as a primer
- Gentle but effective formulation
- Fragrance and paraben-free and suitable for sensitive skin
- Vegan and cruelty-free
My experience with Rescue No.One
In my experience, it did exactly what it said on the tin. Like I said, my acne scarring was by no means severe, but I do feel that my rolling scars have reduced with consistent use of this, paired with a retinol. My hyperpigmentation has almost vanished entirely — and now that I use this whenever I get a breakout, I don’t tend to get any lasting marks.
In terms of texture and consistency, it feels like a lightweight moisturiser. It’s not heavy or greasy on the skin, sinks in quickly and sits really well under makeup. I feel that it instantly calms my skin, which is quite prone to redness — and I feel it helps to keep the redness at bay.
It really has been a game-changer product for me, which is why I tout it as the best acne scar cream on the market right now. I don’t often find holy grail skin products, but this product will stay in my routine for as long as I remain acne-prone! I love the feeling that it’s getting to work on healing my marks and keeping my skin healthy whilst I’m going about my day.
I’d recommend this for anyone who’s looking to treat their acne scars or marks. I’d also highly recommend it to people who’re currently struggling with acne or who’re taking Roaccutane. This isn’t a spot treatment, but I think it makes an incredible recovery cream by helping sensitive, irritated skin to heal and preventing scarring from developing in the first place.
Science of Skin Rescue No.One ingredients
AQUA, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL DIPELARGONATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CETYL ALCOHOL, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-75 STEARATE, CETETH-20, STEARETH-20, POLOXAMER 235, POLOXAMER 338, XANTHAN GUM, CAMELLIA SINENSIS EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, TOCOPHERSOLAN, TOCOPHEROL, MALTODEXTRIN, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL, LECITHIN, HYDROLYZED ALGIN, MARIS AQUA, CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT, MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS BARK EXTRACT, VITIS VINIFERA SEED EXTRACT
I wouldn’t say the packaging is particularly luxurious or extraordinary, but it does the job.
It’s basically a plastic bottle (which I think is recyclable — but I’ll update this when I know for sure) with white and gold branding on.
There’s nothing more annoying than a product that leaks, spills or is impossible to use after a certain point, but thankfully, this bottle is really well designed. Absolutely no problems!
This retails at £18.99 for 30ml which, if you’re anything like me (I literally hate spending money) might seem like a lot for an acne scar cream. I rarely splash out on skincare, as I feel there are so many affordable and effective brands. However, I genuinely think this is worth its price tag. It makes a huge difference to me and helps me to avoid any more lasting damage to my skin — to me, that’s well worth the money!
I’ve also found this lasts quite a while. Science of Skin recommends using this in place of a moisturiser. But if you’re on a budget and want to make the product go further, I’d still use your regular moisturiser — then just focus Rescue No. One on any problem areas. A little goes a long way!
Science of Skin Rescue No. One: The best acne scar cream
I’ve had a few messages asking if I have been paid to work with Science of Skin after appearing in a few articles about it. Just to be clear, I haven’t been paid a penny. This is a company I truly believe in (and, if it helps, they’re absolutely lovely people, too) and would vouch for. Their products are genuinely effective and, in my opinion, well worth the money!
If you’re looking for a cream to ease hyperpigmentation and acne marks, or are currently experiencing breakouts and want to avoid lasting scars, I’d highly recommend incorporating Science of Skin Rescue No. One into your routine.
If you’d like to try it out for yourself, you can use the code ALICE at checkout for 10% off.
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