The Best Products to Banish Blemishes and Scars

There are few of us that have escaped stretch marks or unsightly scars. If we are lucky, they are on places that are not seen easily, but if they are big and on faces or other parts of our bodies that people can see, they can be a major source of upset and can have a big knock on our confidence. There are many products that help to camouflage scars and unsightly marks but we will concentrate on products that will aid in fading them and improving skin texture this time. Check back later for products to aid in concealing scars at a later date. For now, here are our scar busting products

Superdrug Restoring Skin Care Oil - £4.69

Restoring Skin Care Oil is specially formulated with a blend of eight natural active oils which help minimise the appearance of scars, stretch marks, blemishes and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for use on mature and dry irritated skin. Containing Sweet Almond Oil, Canola Oil and Soy Bean Oil, renowned for their emollient qualities which help to rehydrate your skin and help restore its elasticity and suppleness. Also Grapeseed Oil, Rosemary Oil and Sunflower Oil, rich in anti-oxidants which help to soothe, protect and help tighten and tone the skin. Suitable for all skin types. For use on the face and body. Contains Vitamins A and E. Non-greasy, quickly absorbed. Ideal for use as a therapeutic bath oil, after-sun moisturiser or a pregnancy massage oil. To purchase go to www.superdrug.com

Weleda Stretch Mark Massage Oil 100ml - £12.95

Through regular massage, Stretch Mark Massage Oil (formerly Pregnancy Body Oil) smooths the skin, avoiding the development of stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, bottom and breasts. Dermatologically tested. Suitable for vegans. Includes Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Fragrance, Arnica Montana Flower extract, natural essential oils. Weleda’s mother and baby range has spawned a fabulous new Stretch Mark Massage Oil. It’s a promising start, with a prestigious new award from the highly respected midwife-tested TIPS awards scheme, where testers put the product through its paces and mums voted it an absolute ‘MUST- HAVE’. See http://www.weleda.co.uk to buy.

Dr Nick Lowe Spot Gel - £9.18

Targeted and instant action! The perfect anti-bacterial gel to keep blemishes under control. The high potency of the anti-bacterial active ingredients helps fight the causes of skin breakouts. Can be used 3-4 times a day, dab directly onto spots. Incudes salicylic acid to effectively target blemish prone skin, Willow Bark, Tea Tree and Thyme for their anti-bacterial properties, Arnica to help soothe and reduce inflammation of blemished skin. Vitamins A, C and E. Dermatologically tested. Allergen free fragrance and Non comedogenic. Never pick or squeeze a spot or blemish as it could force bacteria deeper into the skin and lead to a larger spot that may scar. Visit http://www.drnicklowe.com for more information.

Elastoplast® Scar Reduction patches are a innovative transparent healing plaster that effectively flattens, lightens and soften both new and old scars. For best results a clean Elastoplast® Scar Reduction should be used daily for a minimum of 12 hours. Clinical studies have shown that within eight weeks of continuous use scars will have an improved appearance. Suitable for the whole family, especially those who are accident prone. Helps to reduces the visibility of raised and coloured scars Visible results after 8 to 10 weeks. Pack of 21 patches with adhesive dressings shown. Suitable for old and new scars on face or body, patches measure 7cm x 4cm. From www.boots.com

Rodial Stretch MX - £59

Rodial stretch MX works to help reduce the formulation of new stretch marks whilst smoothing and firming the skin, perfect for use during pregnancy. This new and improved gel melts into the skin instantly and gives the skin’s cell renewal a boost. New and improved gel formula is easily absorbed and doesn’t stain clothing. Reduces the visible aspect of stretch marks, helps to reduce the formation of new stretch marks. Includes multi-fruit acids exfoliate dead skin cells and boost cell renewal. Smooths skin surface and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Scientifically proven results when used twice daily for eight weeks. Buy from www.rodial.co.uk

Remember, if  none of these products work you can get a referral from your doctors to see a dermatologist.