Do you struggle with acne and resulting scars? There are many creams, medications, and chemical treatments available for treating acne scars. They can be expensive, however, and have unwanted side effects. Have you tried something more natural to help treat scars left from acne? There are quite a few tried and true cheap, natural remedies out there that are worth looking into.
Follow the tips below to help minimize your acne scars. And prevent new ones by treating new acne outbreaks with the right skin care regimen and products. Don’t assume all products—even pricey ones—will do the trick. It’s up to you to do the research to find out whether Proactive skin care and other well-known over-the-counter products are right for your particular skin needs.
Not only is coconut oil healthy to use for cooking because of it’s medium chain fatty acids, it also has moisturizing and restorative benefits for your skin. Coconut oil can be liquid or solid depending on the ambient temperature. Let a small amount melt in your hand and massage the oil into your skin. The oil does not need to be washed off as it will work for as long as it is worn. However, if you feel that it is too much on your face, leave it on for thirty minutes and then wash off.
Be sure to use the juice of real lemons, not a bottle of lemon juice. Organic is preferable. Also, if you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with some water. Lemon juice contains alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which has ability to fade scars and heal the skin. Once applying to the skin let the juice dry completely then rinse with water. This treatment can be done a few times a week. Lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight so be careful outdoors.
Aloe vera gel is full of vitamins and has the added benefit of being a very gentle moisturizer. Easily found as fresh plants, aloe can be grown indoors with very little effort. When ready to use, break off a small piece of a leaf to expose the inner layer for fresh gel. You can also buy the gel in stores if necessary. After massaging into your skin, leave aloe on for thirty minutes and then rinse if needed.
Apple Cider Vinegar
If you google apple cider vinegar, you will find that it has countless uses as a natural remedy. It can be used for heartburn, sinus relief, and healing of cells to alleviate scarring. Apple cider vinegar is a natural antimicrobial and antibacterial agent. It is also anti-inflammatory and will calm any irritation associated with acne and scarring. Because the vinegar is so strong, it is essential to mix it, one part vinegar to one part water. If you have skin that is sensitive, use three parts water. Dab onto your scars and let it sit and dry before rinsing off and applying moisturizer.
Like apple cider vinegar, baking soda has endless uses. For acne scars, it can be used as an exfoliating cleanser to prevent further damage and to renew the skin. To make a paste, mix baking soda with a small amount of water. You will want the paste to be thick and not runny. Clean the scarred area of your skin, allowing the paste to sit for a few minutes. After rinsing, be sure to use some moisturizer. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you can try this remedy every other day.
These remedies are just a few of the many natural healing methods for acne scars. The most important thing to remember while trying these remedies is to drink a lot of water as water helps your skin heal and glow from the inside.