Acne is an irritating and inflammatory condition that causes pustules, papules and cysts to form on the skin. Picking at or popping the acne breakouts can cause the skin to become damaged and discolored. This discoloration can be difficult to eliminate, which can make the skin appear blotchy and uneven long after the acne has cleared. To diminish acne discoloration marks, a few natural remedies can be applied that will soften, exfoliate and rebuild the skin.
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Loosen the skin by applying oil and steam. Loosening the dead skin on the face will help slough off the discolored areas caused by acne. Spread 1 Tbsp. of olive oil onto the face, and gently massage it in for a couple of minutes. Fill a bowl with nearly boiling water, and lean over it, no nearer than 12 to 14 inches. Any closer and the steam could scald the skin. Drape a towel over your head, which will help the steam soften the skin. After five to seven minutes, wet a washcloth and wipe away the remaining oil. Repeat three to four times a week to soften the skin and remove discolorations more easily.
Remove dead and discolored skin by applying a baking soda exfoliating scrub. After the skin has been loosened and softened, it can be exfoliated more easily. This will remove scarred and discolored skin cells. Mix 2 Tbsp. of baking soda with 1 tsp. of water, and gently massage the mixture onto the skin for one to two minutes. Use cool to warm water to rinse the mixture off the skin. Repeat as many as three times a week to remove dead skin cells.
Rebuild skin cells by applying a natural toner high in vitamin C. Vitamin C encourages the skin to rebuild cells. This can help the skin produce cells more quickly to reveal a fresh, balanced skin tone. Concentrated lemon juice, which can be found at any grocery store, contains high levels of vitamin C. It can be applied on the skin to reduce acne discolorations naturally.
Soak five cotton pads in the lemon juice, and place them on your face. Place two pads on the forehead, one pad on the chin and one pad on each cheek. Allow the lemon juice-soaked cotton pads to remain on the skin for at least five minutes, then remove them and let the skin air dry. Repeat once a day to help the skin produce new skin cells.
References and ResourcesThe Oil Cleansing Method: Olive Oil for the Skin
Arm and Hammer: Baking Soda for the Skin
University of Maryland: Vitamin C for Skin