Nobody likes acne scars, yet all too often they’re the result of a serious breakout.
If you’re looking at your scarring in despair, you’re probably wondering how you can reduce the damage and speed up the healing process so your complexion can be restored to its flawless state.
Here are a few home remedies which could help to eliminate your acne scars and give you your confidence back.
1. Aloe Vera
Soothing and moisturizing properties in a scar treatment are essential for healing. Aloe vera has both of these properties as well as a host of other benefits.
Antioxidants contained in aloe vera reduces redness and swelling. Meanwhile, its natural astringent properties remove dead cells and excess oil.
Aloe vera has a host of beneficial properties. It can treat sunburn and, when diluted properly, can be ingested. Even better, it’s super-simple to use. All you need to do is find an aloe vera leaf, scrape off the jelly and lather it onto your scar before covering it with plastic wrap. While it’ll feel sticky and uncomfortable, your skin will reap the benefits.
2. Coconut Oil
Any type of oil can reduce scarring so long as it has plenty of omega fatty acids. These will moisturize and penetrate the skin, restoring its natural glow.
Of all the different oils available, coconut oil is one of the best. It is packed with beneficial properties which will reduce the appearance of scars and make your face look naturally fresh.
3. Baking Soda
Although baking soda may sound like a harsh solution for removing acne scars, it can be very beneficial. It balances the natural pH of your skin while also acting as an exfoliator. It will eliminate the dead skin cells, leaving you fully refreshed without causing any damage to the skin surrounding the scar.
All you need to do is make a paste using one part of baking soda to two parts of water. Scrub the paste onto the scar, leave on for one minute then rinse thoroughly.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
We’ve all heard how beneficial apple cider vinegar can be, not only for your skin but for a host of other medical issues too. It’s very good for treating acne scars.
All you need to do is mix some with honey then leave on your skin for ten minutes before washing off. Repeat three times daily and you’ll see the best possible results.
5. Onion Extract
Although onion extract will sting your skin, it is very effective at reducing acne scarring. This is because onion extract is packed with bioflavonoids such as kaempferol and cepalin. This reduces scarring after just a couple of weeks as long as you use it daily.
It can also combat existing acne outbreaks thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties which reduce soreness and redness.
Honey has natural moisturizing properties and can stimulate the regeneration of your skin tissues. This makes it an ideal addition to any skincare regime.
When used in raw form, honey has a lot to offer. Choose the darkest type you can find to maximize its medicinal properties.
If you mix cinnamon with honey, you’ll find that it’s an even more effective skin renewal treatment which keeps your complexion looking clear and smooth.
Lightening scars is possible when you use lemon juice. Lemon contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which have all the essential healing properties that your skin requires. Lemon is a natural type of bleach, aiding the growth of new skin cells and also giving your skin back its elasticity.
Lemon couldn’t be easier to use. Just cut on in half then rub it over your acne scar, squeezing it gently as you rub so the scar can be thoroughly soaked. Leave for around 15 minutes before dabbing gently with cool water and rinsing away.
As lemon makes the skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays, you should always use an SPF containing daily moisturizer before you go outdoors during the daytime when using this natural remedy.
7. Essential Oils
Various essential oils have healing properties that can improve the appearance of scarring from acne.
Tea tree, carrot seed and lavender essential oils all have beneficial properties which can help depending on which kind of scar you are dealing with. It’s important to use an essential oil topically and to always use a carrier oil to avoid causing more damage to your skin.
One useful remedy is to mix apricot essential oil with lavender, neroli and rose oils (use 1 to 2 drops of each). This will form an aromatic and gentle daily moisturizer which will help with healing.
8. Shea Butter
Shea butter has already been proven to eliminate and prevent stretch marks, and it is equally effective on acne scarring.
If you apply shea butter daily to your skin, you will find that it looks brighter and is much more moisturized.
Raw shea butter is the best option, although you could use the refined version if you’re unable to find the raw variety. Be aware of store-bought brands however, since they often have additives and added fragrances which can irritate your sensitive skin.
9. Turmeric Powder
Turmeric is very beneficial in treating acne scars since it contains a compound called curcumin. This has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which reduce excess melanin production which will make your scar appear darker due to the extra pigmentation which it adds. As a result, turmeric can treat discoloration, helping your skin to glow.
As turmeric is also antiseptic, it can smooth the skin with no irritation. Add turmeric to honey (using 1 teaspoon of each). Apply to the skin and leave for 20 minutes. This will enable an exfoliating effect that removes all the dead skin cells. Finally, rinse away using cool water.
Treating Your Scarring The Natural Way
Although acne scars are unpleasant, it’s possible to eliminate them if you take the right action. These natural remedies can reduce the appearance of those lasting blemishes, making your complexion look brighter, fresher and clearer.