Nobody likes acne or acne scars. But they keep popping up unannounced before special occasions, meetings and for some every month as they approach their periods. While using acne prevention products and never touching pimples is the best way to avoid acne scars, what do you do if you already have them? Acne marks can be pretty stubborn, but all is not lost.
Here are 11 simple homemade remedies to lighten and remove acne scars:
Before you apply anything on your skin for acne scar treatment, take the most important precautionary measure – avoid the sun. Being out in the sun not only causes sun spots, but also darkens acne scars. If you absolutely must step out in the sun, apply generous amounts of sunscreen and wear a hat.
Aloe Vera not only smoothens skin, but also soothes it. Scars heal faster if your skin is not irritated. Packed with antioxidants, Aloe Vera helps to reduce swelling and redness. It also lightens spots and sunburn. You can get the gel directly from a plant, lather it on your skin and cover it with plastic. Or buy a product that has Aloe Vera in it and apply it according to instructions.
Honey is a magic ingredient that both moisturizes skin and promotes its tissue regeneration. The darker the colour of Honey, the more potent its effect. You can apply it directly on your skin for acne scar removal, or mix it with Cinnamon and apply it on the spots for a quick acne scar treatment.
Lemon juice is great for lightening any scar or blemishes, so it’s perfect for reducing acne scars as well. Lemon juice not only acts as a natural bleaching agent, but also renews cell growth and the elasticity of skin. So using Lemon juice will not only help you say goodbye to those ugly acne scars, but also make your skin firmer.
Rich in Bioflavonoids that promote rapid skin repair, Onion extract can erase acne scars in a very short time. The only downside is that it has a slight sting. But if you can bear it, using Onion Extracts on acne spots is one of the fastest ways of acne scar removal.
Baking Soda is a natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and also balances the pH of skin. This makes it perfect for acne scar treatment.. Mix one part baking soda with two parts water and make a paste. Apply it and scrub the acne spots with this paste. After 5 minutes rinse it off. Do this for a few weeks and your acne scars will surely lighten.
Turmeric is another natural ingredient that can quickly erase acne spots. Turmeric contains Curcumin a compound that has anti-inflammatory properties, reduces production of melanin that makes spots darker and has antioxidants that repairs skin damage. Mix Turmeric Powder with Honey and apply it on your acne spots to lighten them.
Spot treatment with Tea Tree Oil is another simple way of acne scar removal. Extracted from the leaves of a small native plant of Australia, Tea Tree Oil fights bacteria, reduces skin inflammation and acne. It is really strong; so always dilute it with water before applying it to your skin.
Coconut Oil is rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids that surround each cell in our body. It’s essential for cell repair and renewal. Applying Coconut Oil on acne spots can help remove them by encouraging quicker cell repair. Do not apply it on your entire face, especially if you have Oily or Sensitive skin, as this can lead to more breakouts.
Apple Cider Vinegar has high levels of Acetic acid, which has many anti-bacterial properties and controls oil production. This makes it perfect for both preventing acne and acne spot removal. You can mix it with Honey and apply it to the acne spots. Or you can dilute it with water and apply it with a Q-tip on the acne scars.
Though a little more difficult to acquire, Shea Butter is really a wonder ingredient that lightens scars and gives one a more even skin tone. From stretch marks to acne spots, Shea Butter can lighten any blemish. Raw unfiltered Shea Butter is the best, as it is undiluted and doesn’t have irritants that store bought products might contain.
These ingredients are easily available in our homes. But none of these remedies work overnight. So always remember, if you want to kiss those ugly acne scars goodbye, you have to be patient and use these homemade remedies regularly.
Courtesy: Rhea Purnita Paine