Do you have acne scars on your face?
It seems like double trouble. First, you are traumatized by the nasty pimples. Then, these pimples leave behind ugly scars.
Acne scars are an unfortunate reminder of your acne breakouts and stay with you long after the pimples have passed. They tend to appear as deep, raised or pitted skin and occur when a pimple or sore gets popped or broken, ending up in a layer of damaged skin.
These scars look so horrible that you hesitate to see the mirror. You tend to avoid social settings just because of these patches of raised skin on your face.
And more bad news—acne scars are stubborn and don’t disappear easily. But that doesn’t mean you have to use expensive treatments like laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels to fix them.
Want to erase acne scars without going for expensive treatment? Learn how these simple home remedies can help you — best of all, they can be found right in your very own kitchen.
Olive oil is an excellent home remedy to treat acne scars. The oil is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and iron which improve the skin’s appearance.
And it is very simple to use.
Massage your face with olive oil, paying special attention to acne scars. Wait for couple of minutes so that it can be absorbed by your skin. Then, wash off your face with lukewarm water.
Do this twice a day to see a quick improvement.
Lemon is a tried and true home remedy to lighten acne scars and blemishes on your face. Being the powerhouse of Vitamin C, lemon triggers the production of collagen to keep your skin firm and smooth.
Lemon juice removes the impurities, excess oil and dead skin cells. Another benefit is that lemon kills the bacteria that cause acne breakouts to begin with. (Hint: try this lemon skincare secret too!)
To use, squeeze the juice out of two fresh lemons. Using a cotton ball, apply the juice to acne scars. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Thereafter, wash it off with lukewarm water, and pat dry.
Do this daily till you get rid of the acne scars.
(NOTE: Dilute lemon juice with some water for sensitive skin and discontinue the use if you experience excessive itching and redness.)
Many people (including me) swear on the benefits of baking soda when it comes to treating acne scars and other skin problems. As an added bonus, it is cost effective and easy to use home remedy.
Baking soda has so many benefits for erasing acne scars. It contains excellent exfoliating properties, balances the pH level of your skin, plus it contains anti inflammatory properties that minimize irritation and red marks of acne scars. It also boosts the production of collagen to fill the indented acne scars.
Let’s see how to use baking soda for acne scars.
Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with right amount of water to make to make a consistent paste. Now, apply this paste on the affected parts of the skin. Leave the paste for few minutes.
Later, rinse off your face with warm water and pat dry. Use moisturizer to avoid dryness.
Do this up to 3 times a week to see result.
Raw potato is a well-known home remedy for skin blemishes and scars as it contains sulfur, potassium, phosphorus and chlorine.
Chop a potato into round slices and then massage your scars with these slices for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off your face with warm water and apply a moisturizer.
Repeat the process 3-4 times a week for at least 2 months depending upon the intensity of your scars.
So, these are the natural scar remedies you can easily find in your kitchen. But if you want to prevent scars from even happening, try taking a few precautions like protecting your scars from sun exposure and avoid scratching or picking at your acne.
Do you use any homemade acne scar remedies that work well? Be sure to share them in the comment section below.
About the Author: Alinn Smith is an introvert, internet trailblazer, blog aficionado, creator, avid thinker and hardcore yogini. She is currently studying dermatology at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and writing for Numbingcream.com. She loves to write anything about skincare, sustainable living, organic food and how to live a healthy life.