10 Dermatological Ingredients That Remove Scarring Tissue

Let’s be honest.

There’s no secret ingredient that will make your scar disappear overnight

But that doesn’t mean you should get discouraged.

There are some great ingredients to help you remove scarring tissue.

Ingredients that will also help to diminish discolouration and textural issues.

So buckle up as we take a deep dive into how to minimise your scars.

Ingredients to Heal Scarring Tissue

As the founder of the Naked Chemist, I’ve written a lot about the science of scars here and here.

They’re both worth a read if you want a deeper understanding of scars and how to treat them.

Keep reading to learn more about the ingredients to remove scarring tissue:

#1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C targets scarring tissue at a cellular level

The great thing about vitamin C is that it inhibits the overproduction of melatonin in your skin, helping to brighten scars and lighten your skin tone.

Making it the perfect option when discolouration or hyperpigmentation is a concern, especially when combined with ferulic acid, as with a C+ skin shot.

And don’t forget that Vitamin C is super multi-tasking. It is a potent antioxidant that helps combat the signs of ageing for a brighter, more youthful appearance.

A tip is when Vitamin C teams up with another powerful antioxidant like Vitamin E—they work together to help remove scar tissue.

#2. Niacinamide fades scar-related pigmentation

One of the biggest problems with scarring tissue is that the area can be significantly darker than the surrounding skin; this calls even more attention to your scar.

Niacinamide is a great ingredient to help lift this pigment from your dermis, the deeper layers of your skin where stubborn hyperpigmentation sits, especially when it is teamed with  N-Acetyl Glucosamine’s (NAG)

You can read more about this fascinating ingredient in the clinical advice section below the B+ skinshot here.

#3. Retinol Improves Texture

AKA Vitamin A is another excellent multi-tasking ingredient that gently resurfaces your skin, encouraging cellular turnover and producing healthy, new skin cells.

Retinol is an essential retinoid response; essentially, your skin cells contain different receptors and proteins that help to mediate the biological effects of retinol, which then metabolises in your skin.

This research (1) found a 15% reduction in visible wrinkles after just 28 days of applying retinol—and let’s face it (excuse the pun), wrinkles in your skin are just tiny scars.

I have written extensively on the anti-ageing properties of vitamin A, which you can read here and here.

#4. Tocopherol Regenerates 

Vitamin E can help to soften scarring tissue by regenerating damaged cells.

Look for it in combination with an active like vitamin C or vitamin A within your formula to get the most out of the ingredient when it comes to reducing scarring.

#5. Peptides Boost Collagen Synthesis

These are made from amino acids and help speed up the wound-healing process; they are extremely skin-healing and skin-strengthening, especially copper peptides found in the DNA age delay skin shot.

Studies (2) have found that Copper-tripeptide-1 GHK-Cu helps to replenish proteins and encourage collagen synthesis by rebuilding your skin’s structural matrix, strengthening and stimulating the healing of micro-wounds,

This makes them ideal for treating and re-densifying sensitive skin.

#6. Hydroxy Acids Lift and Lighten

These are great ingredients for lightening and improving the texture of your scars.

Glycolic acid encourages cellular turnover, renewing skin and lightening and brightening.

Salicylic acid is an excellent option for removing acne scar tissue. It helps to fade redness and discolouration, smooth rough or uneven scar tissue, and decrease the appearance of pores.

Just a note here: if you have sensitive skin or acne inflammation, I’d recommend avoiding them.

#7. Humectants Plump Texture

Whilst you wouldn’t usually associate these with helping to minimise the appearance of scars, here at the Naked Chemist, we believe that plump, glowy skin = minimised appearance of scars.

Look for products with hyaluronic acid, urea or sodium PCA that draw moisture to your skin.

Don’t forget to layer with an emollient, or your skin will appear drier.

A 2017 study (3) found that hyaluronic acid serum may help reduce the appearance of acne scarring when combined with CO2 laser resurfacing.

#8. Coenzyme Q10 Calms Inflammation

Coenzyme Q10 uniquely protects against infrared-A radiation; a melanin-production inhibitor, it helps reduce dark spots and mild scarring.

This study (4) demonstrates that it is beneficial for wound healing and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Making it the perfect addition when treating scars and hyper-pigmented skin conditions often associated with acne scarring (PIH).

#9. Rosehip Oil is Would Healing

This study (5) found that rosehip seed oil significantly promotes wound healing and can effectively improve scars.

Rosehip seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6, and 9, and vitamins A, C, beta carotene, and lycopene. These natural acids and vitamins help fight radical damage and reduce the appearance of scarred tissue.

I’m a huge advocate of rose hip seed oil on so many levels and have seen fantastic skin-healing results with it on my clients; check out our gorgeous cold-pressed, which I have written extensively about here.

#10. Seabuckthorn oil

This essential anti-scar ingredient is packed with antioxidants, complex polyphenols, and coumarins, which are valuable for healing scar tissue keloid or stretch mark-related healing.

It is an incredibly nourishing and soothing oil that gently cares for sensitive, damaged skin and has been proven to relieve redness, flakiness, and dryness.

You can find this in our gorgeous xcell skinshot, which has essential anti-scar properties.

To Conclude. The naked truth

Patience and the correct application are essential when treating scars.

Scarring tissue removal does require time and consistent use.

It is true that many scars, especially old ones, cannot be removed completely, but with effective treatment and good management, they can.

The ingredients discussed in this article can significantly help to improve their appearance and side effects, especially if the scar can be treated early enough.


  1. Opinion on Vitamin A
  2. Regenerative and Protective Actions of the GHK-Cu Peptide in the Light of the New Gene Data

  3. The Efficacy of Topical Hyaluronic Acid Serum in Acne Scar Patients Treated with Fractional CO2 Laser
  4. Application of Coenzyme Q10 for Accelerating Soft Tissue Wound Healing

  5. Rosehip Oil Promotes Excisional Wound Healing by Accelerating the Phenotypic Transition of Macrophages

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