The Perfect Combination for Acne Marks and Dark Spots

For the longest time, I have battled with adult acne. I’ve tried out numerous things including actual medicine that you intake and topical treatments from dermatologists. While a bunch of them helped in controlling the breakout, none of them ever helped with the hideous aftermath of the battle.

So I was left with a lot of marks and scarring — all fucked up and ugly and really pushing my anxiety and insecurity level to the edge.

But last year, I discovered this brand called The Ordinary. I think by now we’ve all heard of this already so there’s no need for introductions anymore.

Since the products’ names are pretty straight forward and is really just the name of the main ingredient, I had to do a lot of research to figure out what is what and what they’re for exactly.

I mean, prior to The Ordinary, I didn’t really know what Niacinamide or Alpha Arbutin or Glycolic Acid are and what they’re for. Basically, I didn’t really know what I was putting on my face. Along the way, I knew that the best for me and for what my skin needs are both the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA.

Both of these targets discoloration of any kind. So they seem perfect for my acne scars, marks, dark spots, et cetera.

Well, The Ordinary did me right with these because they’re absolutely perfect. I’m just not sure if they just work when together or if they work better together or if they can work on their own.

What I usually do is apply them both mornings and evenings and in just a matter of weeks, I’ve already noticed a great difference on my skin. A lot of my newer scars at the time have already faded and all that were left were older ones that understandably would take longer to get rid of.

Now, almost a year of using both these serums, I can say for sure that they really do work. And that’s coming from someone with a seriously fucked up skin.

The only thing is, I still have a long way to go. A lot of my scars are pitted which is horrible for me and my self-esteem but hey, I got to deal so that’s what I’m doing. But I’m still insecure hence the lack of face photos (aka selfies) on this post.

But — and here’s a big one — I have already become confident enough to go out of the house with just a concealer under my eyes and a sheer powder all over my face! I mean, that’s something given how I used to refuse to go out of the house before without any foundation because of my skin.

Now I’m perfectly okay with just a bit of concealer and powder.

I think it’s needless to say that these two babies are heaven-sent and I’m incredibly grateful for their existence.


  1. I’m pretty sure I bought Alpha Arbutin because of you. Unfortunately it broke me out but my skin recovered pretty quickly. The product didn’t go to waste. It’s seriously really effective in fading dark marks. I used it on the dark patches that my skin allergies left and my forearms are almost even-toned now.

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    1. Aw. I didn’t you broke out cause of it. Sad. Pero at least di nasayang. I need a back up of both… pronto!!! I’m down to the last few drops na. 😦


  2. Oooh leaving the house with just a bit of concealer on is one of the best feelings in the world. I noticed you also purchased the Lactic Acid 10%. Would you say that the Alpha Arbutin is a better chemical exfoliant than LA?

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    1. I don’t see AA as a chemical exfoliant, honestly. Before I purchased Lactacyd (yes, let’s pretend it’s the feminine wash hahaha), I was using AA alone (wala pa yung Niacinamide) and I really didn’t notice any difference with the texture of my skin. It did help with the pigmentation so I just thought that that’s its only purpose in life.

      So to answer your question, no, I don’t think AA is better than Lactacyd. The latter is still, for me, the better option for an exfoliant.

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    1. OOOOOOH OKAY, I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS TO PUT ON MY WISHLIST. Definitely getting this baby next payday. Thanks for the reco! Hopefully, it works just as well on me. 🙂


    1. OOOOOOH IMMA CHECK THAT OUT. PERO WAIT, ARE YOU OFFERING THAT BECAUSE OF YOUR CODE CHENES??? Hahahahaha charot. Pero really, Imma check that out pag nakaluwag na me. Medyo pricey e hahaha

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      1. Huy grabe ka!!!!! Pwede mo gamitin yung code sympre hahahaha!!!! Naaliw lang kasi ako duns a K-beauty vlogger before and after pics. Di ko naman matry kasi wala akong ganong scarring! 😛

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      2. Hoy Kat! Dun tayo sa pawang katotohanan lamang! Wag mo kong chinacharot dito! Hahahahaha. Tarages, medyo di kinaya ng pagkatao ko yung $26 e. Magkano ba discount yan?? Pwede ba 100% off yun??? Hahahahaha

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      3. Huhuhuhuhu. Bakit walang 100% off. 😥 Sige na nga, malakas ka sakin e. By April or May, ipupush ko na yang ginintuang product na yan. :p

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  3. I have the exact same problem. I have been wanting to try the niacinamide one for the longest time but I am broke as a homeless person so that’s why I still haven’t been able to do so. I just wish that this will work on my skin. 🙂

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      1. I’ll definitely do that. Once I have a budget, that’s the first one in my list. 😊 Have you tried the glycolic one? I think it’s good for scarring too for it acts as a gentle exfoliator as well. And exfoliating is the best friend for scarring based on my understanding from the things I’ve read and heard. 😄

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      2. Yup, I have. It isn’t doing much for the scars but it does help a little with the exfoliation. So I guess that’s a start. ☺️


  4. Fantastic! Have you got any suggestions for the pitted indentations? The problem I find is that now that I’m older they appear worse. I’m beginning to think that this may be due to a lesser amount of collagen to support the skin but I’m really not entirely sure. Any ideas? Thanks. Katie x

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    1. I don’t, unfortunately. Life’s greatest mystery (lol, kidding). I should probably look into incorporating more collagen products in my routine. Maybe that will help?

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