Home Remedies for Pimple Scars

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home remedies for pimple scars

Picking at blemishes doesn’t do any good, but will only increase your chances of suffering pimple scars that range from discoloration to visible pits in the skin. In some cases, the scarring left behind by acne is hard to avoid, but there are still ways to reduce visibility. Consider home remedies for pimple scars to minimize the appearance of blemishes that may plague your face and neck.

pimple scars

Causes and Symptoms

If you haven’t disturbed a healing pimple, acne scars are often the handiwork of inflamed lesions[1], such as a papule, pustule, or cyst. The inflammation and its aftermath occur when the follicle (or pore) is overrun with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. As the pore swells, a break in the follicle wall takes place. If a rupture takes place on the surface of the skin, lesion damage is typically minor and you should expect faster healing. However, pair severe lesions with a deep break in the follicle wall and an infection arises – infiltrating the dermis and destroying health skin tissue.

Pimple scars range from darker or lighter spots of discoloration; pits or grooves in the skin; and in the worst cases, bubbly masses of scar tissue called keloids.

Pimple Scar Home Remedies

As frustrating as they may be, pimple scars are all part of our body’s natural healing process. While some facial blemishes refuse to fade without professional help, others have the potential to response to some of the following home remedies for pimple scars:

a) Fresh Lemons or Limes:

Using a cotton ball, directly apply the juice of fresh lemons or limes to pimple scars. Allow your skin to soak up the lemon juice before rinsing your face with water. Lemon juice is known to improve dark pimple scars by lightening their appearance in the same manner that people use lemons to lighten their hair.

b) Ice Cubes:

Rubbing ice cubes on the skin can help reduce the appearance of pimple scars. However, keep in mind that leaving ice cubes on your face for too long will result in damaged skin cells.

c) Vitamin E:

Spread the contents of a 200 IU capsule of vitamin E on your pimple scar.

d) Aloe Vera:

Delivering the healing efforts of vitamin C, vitamin E, and zinc, use aloe vera to encourage the healing of pimple scars. Spread the gel found inside a fresh aloe vera plant on scars several times a day.

e) Mint Leaves:

Gardeners who plant mint have an advantage for in-house pimple scar treatments. Mint leaves have a knack for softening the appearance of scars, acne, and dark circles[2]. Wash 10 to 15 leaves and place in between a clean cotton cloth with perforations. Create mint leaf juice and apply the extract to pimple scars.

f) Sour Cream, Yogurt and Oatmeal:

Create a healing mixture by thoroughly blending one tablespoon each of sour cream, yogurt, and ground oatmeal with a couple of drops of lemon juice. Apply the pasty mixture to your face for 10 minutes, and then wash off. Repeat this process four times a day. It is suggested to use low-fat sour cream if you suffer from oily skin.

g) Honey:

Directly apply honey (a known natural moisturizer) to pimple scars and leave on overnight as a mask to promote healing of stubborn pimple scars.

h) Egg Whites:

Treat pimple scars by using a cotton ball to dab on egg whites. Leave on overnight.

i) Zinc:

Increase the amount of foods in your diet that contain zinc, which is known to enhance the healing process. Suggested sources include pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, lean red meat, as well as Swiss and Cheddar cheeses.

j) Cucumber:

Cucumbers have a reputation for soothing inflammation, refreshing the skin, and healing acne scars. To treat dark pimple scarring, prepare a facial mask comprised of cucumber juice or a freshly mashed cucumber paste. Keep masks on for five to 10 minutes, followed by a washing off. Repeat this process two to three times per day for the best results.

k) Banana:

Mash a ripe banana and apply the fruit on pimple scars, allowing the remedy to dry for five to seven minutes before washing off.

l) Olive Oil:

Lessen the appearance of stubborn pimple scars and soften the texture of skin by massaging olive oil into affected areas.

m) Garlic:

Cut a fresh garlic clove in half and rub on pimples to reduce the appearance of scars.

n) Tomato Juice:

Perhaps it’s the acidic content found in tomatoes that helps some people overcome facial scars attributed to pimples. We do know that the vitamin A found in the vegetable possesses antioxidant properties that rejuvenate scarred and damaged skin. Apply fresh tomato juice to affected areas or rub the cut-side of ½ tomato across your skin.

o) Papaya Juice:

The natural fruit enzymes of papaya juice aids in the exfoliation and reduction of blemishes on the skin.

p) Sunscreen:

Before leaving the house, protect your skin and prevent pimple scars from becoming darker with a daily application of sunscreen. It’s usually best to rub the sunscreen into your face and neck 20 minutes before going outdoors.

q) Homemade Facial Peel:

This homemade facial peel contains one green and chamomile teabag, one peeled cucumber, one pouch unflavored gelatin, and 1 ounce of aloe vera gel. First, add ½ cup of water to steep the teas in separate cups. Squeeze teabags and set aside around one ounce of liquid from each cup. Place cucumber in a food processor to create a paste, and then strain. Set aside the juice for the rest of the recipe. In a small saucepan, heat the tea. Add the gelatin and stir until it dissolves. Remove mixture from the heat and pour into a glass bowl. Add the cucumber juice and aloe vera gel. Mix well. Place the bowl in the refrigerator to chill. The remedy will thicken within ½ hour. Apply the facial peel to your face and leave on for 15 minutes. After it has completely dried, peel off the mask, followed by a wet, warm washcloth to the skin.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14746619

[2] https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-mint.html