Home Remedies to Remove Deep Acne Scars
If acne scars are bringing you down and shattering your confidence, there are simple home remedies that can minimize the deep pits that acne flareups can leave on the face.
Acne can occur on skin at any point of the age as a result of poor diet, dehydration, hormone disorders, puberty, menstruation, and even certain cosmetics and cleansing products. Many of us experience acne on other parts of the body, such as the back, neck, and chest. Women can experience acne at different stages of life. For instance it’s very common for a woman to have inflamed acne outbreaks during pregnancy.
Acne may go away, but pimples can leave behind scars if they are popped or rubbed vigorously. In addition to medical procedures to remove these marks, there are a number of natural, at-home remedies that can be remarkably effective, and much less expensive.
Scar Treatments We Will Cover
• Natural, at-home remedies including vitamin E, milk and honey masks, baking soda, lemon juice, and olive oil.
• Medical treatments including microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing.
• Chemical peels.
Study the type of scars you have to decide which treatment is best for you:
- Are the scars located in the upper skin layers (epidermis)? This type is easier to treat and fade faster than those that extend into deeper skin layers.
- Is the skin discolored? When we pop a pimple we trigger increased production of melanin, turning turning the skin red, pink, or purple. These scars can be treated to reduce inflammation, which will help the skin return to its natural color.
Removing Deep Acne Scars on the FaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Vitamin E to Treat Acne Scars
One of the most effective ways to lighten the pigment in a deep scar is to apply vitamin E. Not only will vitamin E improve the skin's appearance, it will also fight free radicals with its antioxidant properties.
Vitamin E capsules are more effective than creams. Before bed, break a capsule open and extract the necessary amount of oil. Apply to the affected area once a day. Doing so at night allows the oil to penetrate into deeper layers of skin.
Milk and Honey Mask to Lighten Acne Scars
Milk and honey are about at gentle as it gets, but combined together become a powerful exfoliant. Pour a small amount of milk into a bowl and mix in honey until you achieve a paste-like consistency. Add more milk as necessary. Apply the mixture directly onto the affected area and leave in place for a few minutes. Rinse with a warm washcloth to softly peel the topmost layers of skin. Repeating this procedure over time will lighting scars without causing irritation to the skin.
Baking Soda Masks: At-Home Microdermabrasion
Baking soda is the ingredient used during a microdermabrasion session. You can give yourself a mini-microdermabrasion at home by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda with two tablespoons of filtered water. Apply the mixture to the affected area and leave in place for two minutes. Rub gently, then rinse off with fresh water. Repeating this process once in a month can help minimize deep acne scars.
Citrus Juice to Lighten Lines and Scars
Another way to lighten fine lines,reduce inflammation, and ease the redness of acne scars is to apply citrus extracts. Lime and lemon juice contain citric acid, which halts the production of melanin in the skin. Vitamin C serums are also available, but are expensive and lose their effectiveness once exposed to air. Fresh fruit extract, applied directly to the skin and then rinsed, is the best way to lighten acne scars.
What Do You Think?
Have you tried lemon juice to minimize acne scars? Did it work?
- 43% No I have not tried it yet, but plan to!
- 15% I did try lemon juice and it lightened the scars quite a bit.
- 42% I tried lemon juice but nothing happened.
Olive Oil to Reduce Scars, Improve Complexion
Acne scars can lead the skin to lose its natural suppleness and elasticity. You may notice dry patches on your face. To revive your skin's beauty and repair scarred areas, apply olive oil to the affected area everyday before going to bed. The moisturizing nutrients in olive oil will penetrate the skin to deeply moisturize, softening the skin's texture and accelerating the healing process.
Dermabrasion and Microdermabrasion for Acne Scars
Dermabrasion takes place in a doctor's office. Patients receive shots of anesthesia and the doctor uses a high-speed instrument to "sand" the top layers of skin away. This procedure leaves the skin pink while it heals. Healing takes longer than with microdermabrasion, in which a clinician uses abrasive crystals to remove top layers of skin. Microdermabrasion does not involve anesthesia and skin color typically returns to normal within 24 hours.
Laser Resurfacing Light Acne Scars
Laser resurfacing involves short, concentrated pulsating beams of light, aimed at the skin, to removing skin layer by layer. It is also known as lasabrasion, laser peel, or laser vaporization. This technique can be effective for very light acne scarring and fine lines, but is not effective on deep acne scars. The technique works on surface marks and scars. It is not recommended as a treatment for deeper scarring. People with darker skin may notice some discoloration after laser resurfacing.
Chemical Peels to Treat Acne Scars
In a chemical peel treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, leading it to blister and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother than the old skin. Chemical peels can be applied to face and neck and is often effective on mild scarring and fine lines. This technique is not recommended for deep scars. People with darker skin may notice some discoloration after a chemical peel.
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.