The fight against acne is anything but fair. First, there’s the fight against the redness and blemishes. Then, after the blemishes heal, acne scars remain on your skin. Your dermatologist can perform several different acne-scar removal techniques such as microdermabrasion and laser light therapy. However, these procedures can be painful, not to mention expensive. Luckily, natural acne scar treatments have been passed down for generations and are made with things you might already have in your house.
Benefits of Homemade Treatments
Natural, homemade acne-scar treatments hold many benefits over more drastic procedures. For one, natural treatments are better for your overall health. The skin isn’t peeled away or sloughed off with harsh chemicals or painful wire brushes. Instead, the gentle ingredients work with your skin to improve its appearance over time. Also, natural acne-scar treatments are easier on your wallet: many cosmetic procedures like microdermabrasion aren’t covered by insurance and must be paid for entirely out of pocket.
The citric acid in fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and lemons can work with your skin to lighten the appearance of acne scars and slough off dead skin around the scars. One method is to squeeze the juice of a lemon and smooth it over the face with a cotton ball. Leave it on overnight and wash off the next morning. Doing this consistently will reduce redness and lighten the scar. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, which is known to block sebum production as well, preventing future acne blemishes from popping up. Creating a mask from the pulp of a tomato and wearing it overnight can reduce the redness of acne scars as well. Add in some pureed cucumbers and you have a mask that can tighten the pores along with reducing acne scarring.
Mixing the essential oil sandalwood with rosewater creates a liquid that will reduce pigmentation in acne scars. The best results come when the mixture is used on a regular basis and left on overnight. Olive oil is another oil-based treatment that can soften the skin with its moisturizers and reduce acne scarring. For best results, massage olive oil on your face and leave it on for an extended period of time. Lavender oil works in a similar way and as an added bonus, lavender oil has calming properties that can help you relax while it works.
Other Treatment Ideas
Treating the face with a mixture of nutmeg and milk has also proven effective at reducing acne scars. Just use consistently on the face and the enzymes work to slough off dead skin and reveal new, scar-free skin underneath. Aloe vera gel and honey work as well.
Skin-Care Regimens and Acne-Scar Removal
Dermatologists recommend keeping a consistent skin-care routine to keep acne at bay. However, skin-care regimens also keep the skin clean and moisturized, both necessary components of reducing scarring. An effective skin-scare routine includes a cleanser, toner and moisturizer along with simple topical creams containing tretinoin (Retin-A) or alpha hydroxy acids. These topical creams are available from a dermatologist and work to promote constant skin renewal. Combine your regular skin-care routine with homemade natural scar treatments, and you can expect to minimize the appearance of your scars and show off skin that is clean, clear and radiant.