Home Remedies for Acne Scars

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Whether it’s your face, neck, chest, or shoulders, the inflammatory condition that attacks the sebaceous glands and hair follicles (better known as acne) can leave behind some pretty nasty scars. Since acne is a common nuisance for many teenagers and young adults, acne scars is one of the most widespread skin problems of today. However, with the help of home remedies – convenient, inexpensive treatment is a possibility.

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Causes and Symptoms

After drowning the skin in Oxy and Clearasil, picking at pus-filled eruptions, and scrubbing the face with a loofah, the aftermath of an acne breakout can leave behind less-than-perfect looking skin. Chances are, by the time you’re an adult, you probably have acne scars that indicate a previous battle with pimples and blackheads, especially when cysts (or nodules) have formed beneath the skin. Some people live with acne scars for the rest of their life, while others experience a diminishing visibility over time [1].

Besides the obvious cause of acne scars, such as picking at pimples and causing injury to the skin, there are contributing causes that can add to your skin’s lack of healing, such as:

  • Stress
  • Living conditions or lifestyle habits
  • Chronic constipation
  • Poor diet or eating habits

Acne Scars Home Remedies

Acne scars are pretty difficult to eliminate without the guidance of a professional and no single remedy will work for all types of skin. Yet in still, a range of home remedies for acne scars can help improve your facial appearance with familiar items found right in the comfort of your household, such as:

a) Baking Soda:

Exfoliating the skin with baking soda is oftentimes comparable to the kind of microdermabrasion treatments that a skincare professional might administer. Combine one teaspoon of baking soda with two teaspoons of filtered water. Gently rub the mixture on an acne scar for 60 seconds, followed by a thorough rinse.

b) Fruit Repair:

While eating fruits can boost your supply of vitamin C to the skin, which is responsible for building collagen, you can also apply pure fruit juices to the face for gentle acid exfoliation. For example, puree ¼ cup of pineapple. Smooth over your face and wait 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing. The ascorbic acid found in pineapple will cause the face to brighten up, as well as slowly erase acne scars. Other effective fruit remedies for acne scars include orange and lemon peels.

c) Natural Light:

Naturally bathing your skin in the sun’s light can speed up the healing time of acne scars. Spending around 20 to 40 minutes per day in the fresh air and sunlight is a great way to provide a healthy dose of vitamin D.

d) Water:

Hydration is an important part of skin repair and very much needed if you want to treat acne scars. Water helps keep the skin plumped up, removes toxins, and builds new cells. It is recommended to drink at least 80 ounces of filtered water on a daily basis. Think about investing in a product like the Brita water pitcher or a filtration system for your kitchen.

e) Lemons:

Using a cotton ball, apply the juice of freshly squeeze lemons or limes to your acne scars. Allow the skin to soak up the juice acids before rinsing away with water. Lemon juice has been known to improve the appearance of dark acne scars by making them lighter.
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f) Egg Whites:

With a cotton ball, apply egg whites to the face. Leave on overnight. This remedy helps to prevent and lessen the formation of acne scars.

g) Ice Cubes:

Soothe irritated skin and shrink the size of pores by rubbing ice cubes on acne scars.

h) Garlic:

Rub garlic on acne scars to improve the appearance of your skin

i) Cucumbers:

There’s a reason why cucumbers are used in many acne treatments. Create a facemask out of cucumber juice or fresh cucumber paste to heal acne scars, rejuvenate the skin, and calm down inflammation. A sample recipe may include fresh mint, cucumber, and an egg white. Place four to five fresh mint leaves in a blender. Peel and remove seeds from a cucumber. Add the cucumber to the mint leaves and create a puree. Beat an egg white in a separate bowl and add to cucumber mixture. Apply the end product to your face and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

j) Tomatoes:

Cut a tomato into slices and put on your face. Rich in vitamin A, tomatoes can slow down the overproduction of sebum, which causes acne. The vitamin contained in tomatoes also rejuvenates skin plagued with acne scars and damaged tissue.

k) Tomato and Cucumber Facemask:

Some people have combined tomatoes and cucumber to create a facemask that causes pores to tighten – creating a more even texture of the skin.
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l) Honey:

Use honey as a natural moisturizing mask to treat acne scars. Apply to your face to allow antibacterial and healing components to work on your skin.

m) Olive Oil:

Tap into the moisturizing quality of olive oil by massaging a small amount into your skin to improve the texture and visibility of scars.

Resources

[1] http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/scarring.html

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