Not many win the battle with acne but even those who do can’t always say that the war is over, only that the worst is behind them. The reason is that acne sometimes leaves behind visible scars, which act as a silent testament of all those struggles to get rid of the infection. Over the years, many of these acne scars will disappear or at least become less visible but not all of them and that’s why it helps to be proactive and seek natural remedies. The unsightly acne scarring is more likely to appear on the face where most acne outbursts occur, but other areas on the body can also be affected.
Why Do we Get Acne Scars
One of the causes of acne scarring is picking at pimples and the intense use of skincare products that are supposed to help in fighting the infection and which leave their mark on the skin. In addition to that, other factors that don’t seem to have anything to do with skin related issues are involves such as constipation, in its chronic form. Stress has been blamed for most of the ills of our time and for a good reason and surprising or not, it is also one of the underlying causes. A hectic lifestyle doubled by an unequally unhealthy diet are going to exacerbate the symptoms so try to make amends if you want to get rid of acne scars permanently.
Here are some contributing causes that can add to your skin’s lack of healing, such as:
- Poor diet or eating habits
- Chronic constipation
- Living conditions or lifestyle habits
Acne Scars Home Remedies
Lemon Juice:Using a cotton ball, apply the juice of freshly squeeze lemons or limes to your acne scars. Allow the skin to soak up the juice acids before rinsing away with water. Lemon juice has been known to improve the appearance of dark acne scars by making them lighter.
Cucumber Juice– Try applying grated cucumber over the face, neck, and eyes for the treatment of pimples and blackheads. Dab on your scars for 45 minutes and wash off with plain cool water.
Aloe Vera : Get yourself a big healthy plant, break off a succulent leaf and squeeze out the jelly and apply direct to the acne scars. Apply the aloe vera gel several times daily to soothe and repair.
Tomato Juice:Tomatoes being rich in magnesium, potassium and vitamin C&A are excellent solution for treating acne naturally. It promotes cellular regeneration and keeps the skin glowing and clear from any blemishes and scars. Slice the tomato to get the juice a mixed with few drops of lemon juice. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash off with tepid water.
Fenugreek leaves paste :Take fresh fenugreek or methi leaves and make them into a fine paste. Apply this paste directly on your pimple/acne marks and leave it for 15-20 minutes before rinsing them off.
You can also boil Fenugreek seeds in water and use the solution on acne scars after it cools down. Just grab a cotton ball and dip it in the boiled fengreek seeds and apply to the affected area.
Milk: One of the most effective natural remedies to remove acne scars is to use the fresh milk cleanse everyday. Lactic acid in milk will not only help fade the scars, but also make your skin brighter and smoother. You can mix equal parts of fresh milk with oatmeal and a few drops of lemon juice, apply on face for 30 minutes then rinse with warm water. The lactic acid and citric acid in these two (respectively) help in lightening the scars.
Hydration is an important part of skin repair and very much needed if you want to treat acne scars. Believe it or not by drinking more than the recommended 8 glasses of water daily will truly help to get rid of your acne scars. Water helps keep the skin plumped up, removes toxins, and builds new cells. If you are a severe acne suffer you should stay away from carbonated drinks, and caffeine drinks such as coffee, and sodas.
Vitamin E oil: Vitamin E oil capsules are great supplements for glowing, beautiful skin, but the capsules can actually be used readily for post-acne scars. All you have to do is prick a Vitamin E capsule and rub the oil over the post acne scar. Do this everyday to see best results.
One last word of advice: apply sunscreen daily. Experts couldn’t stress enough the important role sunscreen plays in reducing marks and scars