5 Easy Ways to Remove Acne Scars Naturally
If you are a fellow acne sufferer, then you don't need to be told how utterly traumatizing it can be. To add insult to injury, after all the unsightly breakouts, acne leaves scars as an ever-present reminder.
I've personally suffered from acne as far back as my early teens and I've picked up a fair amount of along the way. So if your acne scarring isn't very deep, these methods—which worked for me—may work for you.
1. Egg Whites
Egg whites have very powerful health benefits that may aid in your scars' healing and eventually make them less visible. Egg whites are full of proteins and amino acids that can tighten the pores to prevent new breakouts while lightening the appearance of scarred skin.
How to Use Them
- Take a small bowl and whip the whites of three eggs until they become fluffy and white.
- Use your fingers to gently spread the egg whites on to your skin, concentrating on the problem areas.
- Let the stuff dry on your skin and then rinse away gently with moderately warm water.
- Do this 2–3 times a week.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is coarse but not that coarse—its small particles should not damage the skin. If applied correctly, it will gently slough off the top layer of dead skin cells without causing your sensitive facial skin to become irritated or inflamed.
How to Use It
- Simply mix a small amount of baking soda with water to make a consistent paste.
- Very gently massage this onto your skin and leave it on for one minute before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
- Remember to always moisturize your skin afterward; I massage a few drops of olive oil on my face and it works very well.
- Repeat this 2–3 times a week depending on your exfoliation routine.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice contains citric acid which, along with lactic and glycolic acids, is one of the most commonly found alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs. AHAs are very well known for their cosmetic usage. Many skin care products, including anti-aging creams and chemical peels, have AHAs as key ingredients. Topical application of AHAs is said to induce increased collagen production and a thickening of the skin, both of which can contribute to the healing of scarred skin.
Additionally, lemon juice, due to it natural acidic content, is a powerful disinfectant that can help destroy acne-causing bacteria. It is also a natural exfoliant that can remove dead skin cells and facilitate the formation of new, healthy skin. Furthermore, it helps in lightening the skin tone which can counteract the effects of hyperpigmentation, another souvenir of your acne days.
How to Use It
- Ensure that your skin is clean by washing it with a mild acne cleanser.
- Squeeze 1–3 lemons into a bowl.
- Take a cotton ball and dab it with the juice. Apply the juice to effected areas completely but don't overdo it.
- Repeat this 2–3 times a week.
If you have sensitive skin, the juice may sting, but it will likely happen only the first couple of times. If the stinging accompanies significant redness, then discontinue usage because your skin is far too sensitive for this method. I have sensitive skin but it was bearable and the sensation did go away after the third application, so its still a very workable solution for those with sensitive skin, but you need to pay attention to your skin's reaction.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera juice or gel is a fantastic way to remove acne scars. Not only does it soothe inflamed skin, but it also boosts the immune system and regenerates damaged tissue. Its mild acerbic qualities ensure that with regular usage, acne breakouts can be prevented, resulting in softer skin, decreased swelling, invigorated new cell growth, and a reduction in acne scars. Many in the cosmetic industry are recognizing the importance of this miracle plant and incorporating its extracts into their skin care products.
How to Use It
- You can buy over-the-counter aloe products but I strongly recommend growing an aloe vera plant in your backyard (believe me, it isn't a hassle) or buy it in its all-natural form without additives.
- Dab fresh aloe vera gel straight from the plant onto your skin on and around problem areas.
- Let dry, then wash off.
- Repeat this process 2–3 times per week.
5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is packed with iron and vitamins A, D, E, C, B1, and B2. Vitamin E is increasingly being recognized as an important player in helping the fight against the aging process. Olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories, helps prevent acne, and removes acne scars effectively. Because olive oil is non-comedogenic (i.e. it doesn't clog pores) and effectively dissolves dirt and oil trapped within our already clogged pores, it is a good scar treatment.
How to Use It
- Before going to bed, gently massage olive oil onto your skin, concentrating on the trouble spots.
- Continue massaging for a few minutes till you can feel that your pores are completely saturated.
- Drape a warm washcloth over your face to steam and hence open the pores.
- Gently wipe away the excess oil.
- Repeat the process 1–2 times before rinsing your face with cold water.
I'm not a skin specialist of any kind. These are methods that I and a few of my friends have tried. Natural skin care methods come without any significant side-effects and are kind to your skin but the drawback is that it's going to take time.
Use any one of these methods at a time because you don't want to irritate your skin. The exception to this rule would be the aloe vera and the olive oil methods, because their gentle and strong healing properties may be combined with and complement the other methods.
Good luck in getting a clear, glowing, acne and scar-free skin.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.