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Q. I have severe acne scars on my chest. Will Vitamin C help?

Answered by
Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 04, 2020 and last reviewed on: Aug 28, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have severe hyperpigmentation on my body, specifically around my chest (this may be a result of acne scarring). Is it possible for me to use facial brightening treatments (like Vitamin C) on my body as well? Is there any specific products that work after exfoliation.

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Dermatology Venereology


Welcome to

I understand your concern. Yes, you can use creams or lotions containing hyaluronic acid, Niacinamide, growth factors, vitamin C complex, collagen, retinol complex, squalene, glycolic acid, and azelaic acid for reducing the post-acne pigmentation.

For exfoliation, you can use facewash or scrubs containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid.

Also follow these simple measures:

1. Do not pick on your acne as it leads to scarring which could be deep and permanent.

2. Do touch your face or acne spots with unclean hands.

3. Do not scrub your face too often, maybe just once in a week.

4. Avoid cosmetic products unless the present flare-up subsides.

5. Apply a sunscreen with SPF (sun protection factor) not more less than 25.

6. Relax and make yourself stress-free as stress is a big contributing factor.

7. Avoid oily food, junk food, dairy products, egg yolk, fatty, and too spicy foods.

I hope this helps.

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