Ugh, acne. Just when you thought you’d graduated to being an adult, you see it. Why are you still breaking out? Or, just as bad, you aren’t breaking out anymore, but you’ve still got the scars to show just how bad you had it in high school. You definitely want to cover those scars up, but wouldn’t it be great if you could fade those scars for good?
You’ve been searching for years, trying all sorts of products with funky ingredients on your relentless search to get rid of those unwanted acne scars. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead of spending endless amounts of money on strange remedies, let’s talk about what is going on with your skin, how to help it, and how to heal it.
So, what causes these acne scars in the first place? If you’re the type of person who picks at your zits, that alone can lead to scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Everyone is always telling you not to scratch or pick at your zits, and, we know, it’s hard to always follow that advice. When it’s right there on your nose, just begging for you to scratch it off, it’s tough to resist the urge.
But when you pop a zit, you’re exposing the infected pore to harmful bacteria in the air and on your hands. Essentially, you’re making the situation worse. Popping pimples greatly increases your risk of further infection and scarring.
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Are you currently taking any dietary supplements? These are a all-natural and effective way to improve your body’s health, and that includes your skin. Look for supplements that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Not a fan of pills? Some supplements come in powder form, so you can mix them into a drink of your choice.
Besides supplementing your diet, remember to supplement your water intake. Flushing your system of toxins can be a huge help in preventing acne. It’s important to stay hydrated no matter your schedule. It’s easy to reach for sugary sodas or maybe something stronger, but soda and alcohol don’t give your body the hydration it needs. Hydrating helps your skin stay elastic and supple, no matter your age.
If you’ve been out working hard, keep a bottle of water close to remind you to drink frequently. Your body will tell you that you’re thirsty when it’s bad, but you should be drinking before the thirst sets in. The best way to promote scar healing is to take care of your body by moisturizing from the inside out.
If there’s one thing you should look out for, it’s vitamin C. It’s basically a super vitamin when it comes to your skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that soothes redness in the skin and helps you produce more collagen, keeping your skin looking younger.
It also helps your skin’s regeneration process and can repair damage done by the sun’s UV rays. The antioxidants in vitamin C allow the skin to repair itself naturally, which is a great help with acne scarring.
Turmeric can be a lifesaver when it comes to the scars left behind by acne. Turmeric is a flowering plant from the ginger family, native to India and Southeast Asia. You probably recognize the spice from many delicious curry dishes.
Turmeric can be served fresh or dried and ground into an orange-yellow powder, which can also be used for dyeing fabric. Though it may have only recently become popular in the Western world, this golden spice is valuable for both its flavor and its regenerative qualities.
The active compound in turmeric, known as curcumin, has antioxidant properties, which keep your skin healthy by reducing production of melanin to even out your skin tone. It can also help fade scars left over from previous acne episodes. Great news, right?
Turmeric powder can be combined with other ingredients in a face mask to help fade acne scars. It can also be used as a gentle natural exfoliant. That helps your body slough off dead skin cells and promotes skin cell renewal, which can brighten your face and skin.
In addition to those awesome benefits, turmeric can help clear up acne and the redness that comes along with it. Studies have been done showing that the application of a cream containing turmeric improved pre-existing skin conditions for many. As we said, turmeric is a must-have if you’re looking to eliminate acne scarring for good.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Although usually marketed as an anti-aging ingredient, rosehip seed oil may help treat the appearance of facial acne scarring. Most oils rich in omega fatty acids will have a similar effect, as they give skin extra moisture and lock it in.
Just don’t use too much if you’re applying the rosehip seed oil directly to your sensitive skin. If you apply too much oil too frequently, it can clog your pores and lead to more breakouts. And to that we say, no thank you.
However, when these oils are strategically incorporated into facial masks and facial moisturizers or lotions, they are less likely to cause more dreaded acne.
Baking soda balances your skin’s pH and acts as a natural exfoliator. It removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling refreshed without damaging the skin. Again, be careful of where and how you apply baking soda.
You can mix a paste with two-parts water and one-part baking soda to scrub on the affected area and then rinse it thoroughly after a minute or two. Our only caution is to make sure you don’t get it in your eyes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Who hasn’t heard of apple cider viegar’s benefits these days? Apple cider vinegar has been tried as an all-natural skincare remedy for just about every issue, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also useful in preventing acne, treating it, and fading scars.
You can mix it with honey and apply to the scar. Let it sit for around 10 minutes and repeat this multiple times a day.
Alternatively, if you just know there's a pimple coming your way, use a swab soaked in apple cider vinegar and dab it onto the area. We won’t lie to you— this might sting because of how acidic the vinegar is, but it might reduce redness and prevent a whitehead from forming. That being said, if it stings a lot or causes extreme redness, this is not the product for you.
Honey is an antioxidant that promotes new cell growth and works to calm red skin and improve the evenness of your complexion. Plus, this amazing little home remedy is probably in your kitchen right now. Honey has also been found to cleanse and speed up healing for wounds, and that includes open blemishes and acne scars.
This home remedy is certainly effective, but not for the faint of heart. Like apple cider vinegar, its application may sting for a few minutes (and leave quite a stench behind). However, it’s been shown to significantly reduce the appearance of scars and fight acne. Onion extract soothes redness, inflammation, and soreness, so it may be worth a try.
Lemon juice has been used as a skin and hair lightener by people around the world and for good reason. It contains acids which have healing properties for your skin, despite the stinging you might feel upon application. It’s a natural bleach because it aids in new cell growth and restores your skin’s elasticity.
Be cautious about how much lemon juice you use, because it does dry out your skin. So, if you’re already worried about dry skin, lemon juice may not be the best option for you.
In addition, lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. We always recommend wearing sunscreen whenever you’re planning to go outside during daylight hours, but we especially advise it after any treatment involving lemon juice.
We just can’t get enough aloe vera. Aloe vera helps calm and soothe the skin by reducing inflammation. Around the world, aloe vera is used to treat dry, dehydrated skin, especially following a sunburn.
Aloe plants also have a compound called acemannan, which can help reduce sunspots and scars. It also contains aloin, which is a natural compound that has been shown to brighten skin and fade dark acne marks and scars.
In fact, regular applications can prevent the nasty marks from appearing at all, in addition to proper care of your acne. That means no picking and cleaning your face at least once a day.
Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil is a common medicinal plant and can be easily bought online. It can help you with ongoing acne issues, as well as soothling redness. This can reduce the appearance of acne and the scars it leaves behind. It has been seen to even out pigmentation and skin tone and possibly prevents acne altogether in some users.
You have options, so don’t let your acne scars get you down. There are plenty of face masks and other lotions that include some or all of the amazing all-natural ingredients we’ve just listed.
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