Scars caused by acne are the most common types of scars caused on the skin and these can sometimes be very difficult to treat. Acne scars can vary in their severity with some scars causing just blemishes and pigmentation while others being deep and causing indentations on the skin which can be close to impossible to remove and very unsightly.
Instead of going after expensive skin treatments like laser, microdermabrasion and chemical peeling for acne scar removal, home remedies too exist for treating the scars effectively. However, the power of home remedies rely on how fast they are employed after you develop a scar. The faster the administration of home remedies, the better the results. Check out these natural scar removal treatments and use them as soon as you develop a scar for attaining best results.
Lemon has vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can reduce the damage caused on the skin due to acne and reduce the scar on the skin by restoring its natural colour and lightening the skin greatly, thereby reducing the appearance of the scar altogether. Lemon does it by exfoliating the skin on the top so that the damaged and scarred skin is removed and new skin from within is brought to the surface.
With each application, the exfoliation process lightens the scar and finally, the scarred skin will be completely eliminated. Apply the juice and leave on for 20 minutes every day. Rub the rind of lemon on the scar every day as it is known to have more antioxidant properties than the actual juice.
Aloe with its skin regenerating, repairing and healing properties is also a scar reducing formula that can help with acne scars. As soon as the acne appears on your skin, you can start using aloe gel on the acne as aloe is also an effective treatment for acne.
Aloe removes excess oils from the skin and heals the acne naturally. It also acts as a shield so that bacteria and infections do not set in, making the scar more deep and difficult to treat. Apply aloe gel for several days until all the pigmentation is removed.
Oatmeal has rich vitamin E content and the antioxidant and skin restorative properties of vitamin E need not be reiterated again and again. Oatmeal also acts as an abrasive agent and is good for treateing deep scars too. Take oatmeal (not the powdered variety, as it will not work as an abrasive) and add lemon juice or water to make a paste.
Rub on the scar in firm and circular motions for ten minutes every day. The procedure improves blood circulation to the area, removes the surface layer of scarred skin, and also lightens the scar due to the action of lemon. The vitamin E strengthens and regenerates the skin and improves its texture, making the scar smoother and flatter and less indented. Repeat every day for several month before you see results.
The abrasive and exfoliating properties of baking soda too helps in treating surface scars as well and indented ones. Make a paste with water and rub on the skin surface for fifteen minutes every day.
Mild scars and blemishes will be easily removed in a few days, while the deeper ones might require several weeks of rubbing before you see good and encouraging results.
Sandalwood is popular worldwide for its beauty enhancing properties. It removes scars and blemishes from the skin and makes the skin beautiful and soft to touch without excess moisture. Rosewater tones and cleanses the skin and removes excess moisture and oils that can cause acne. Together, they work as a great remedy for removing acne scars.
Sandalwood powder and rosewater should be mixed to form a paste. Rub the paste in circular motions on the scar for a few minutes every day. Wait till the paste is dried and then using a moist cloth, wipe off. Repeat every day and you will soon find the acne scars lightening and finally fading away completely. Sandalwood is a good skin care regime that can be used every day.
Mildly antiseptic and with healing and moisturizing properties, honey is also a skin lightening agent, helping the acne scar to take a tone that is more even with the natural skin colour.
Apply honey as soon as the acne surfaces. It will remove excess moisture and speed up the healing process as well while it lightens the acne and prevents deep scars from forming.
The omega 3 fatty acids in flax oil helps in clearing the skin blemishes and scars naturally by boosting the body’s own immune system and enhancing the health and beauty of the skin. Take a teaspoon of flax seed oil every day and apply some oil on the scar as well, taking care not to apply too much as it may clog the pores and cause more acne if the skin is oily.
½ a teaspoon of flax seeds too can be taken daily. A paste made of ground flax seeds can be used for application on the scar every day. This is better for application than flax oil as coarsely ground flax seeds when rubbed on the scar can impart an abrasive action on the scar as well, at the same time as it heals.
Cucumber juice or cucumber slices are rich in nutrients and its skin lightening benefits come of helps for treating acne scars. Slice a cucumber and apply on the scar for fifteen minutes every day.
The skin will absorb the nutrients and lighten the scars. Cucumber juice can be applied on the scar every day and allowed to air dry before you apply makeup or go out.
Tomato has astringent properties and this exfoliates the scarred sin. Tomato also lightens and bleaches the skin and that too helps in acne scar removal as the scar is lightened as well as exfoliated at the same time. Apply tomato puree or juice on the scar every day twice and wash off after twenty minutes.