Acne is the most common skin concern in the world, affecting up to 50 million people. As the skin attempts to heal itself following a breakout, acne scars can form as a result. During the healing process, collagen is sent to the surface. If too little collagen is produced, a concave scar will form; if too much collagen is produced, a raised scar will form. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimize or erase the appearance of acne scars beginning with these five natural home remedies for you to try out.
A natural moisturizer and antibacterial, honey is used for general medicinal purposes and is often a featured ingredient in natural skin care treatments. Studies suggest honey could also speed up wound healing and prevent scarring. Apply honey directly to an acne breakout or scar and leave it on overnight or apply a homemade honey mask with two tablespoons of honey and two to three crushed aspirin tablets to help prevent scarring, minimize the appearance of existing acne scars, and clear acne-causing bacteria.
Another key ingredient in anti-aging skin care, olive oil features a slew of vitamins essential to healthy, glowing skin, including vitamins A, E, and C. For best results, use nightly by gently massaging olive oil directly onto acne scars.
Rosehip Seed Oil
A natural anti-aging superstar, rosehip seed oil is believed to be one of the most effective home remedies for reducing acne scars and treating pigmentation. Known for diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and boosting skin regeneration, rosehip seed oil should be applied twice per day, massaged directly onto acne scars.
Another home remedy with medicinal uses, aloe is a natural skin soother, perfect for fighting acne-related inflammation while speeding up the skin’s natural wound-healing cycle. For best results, use a freshly cut Aloe Vera plant leaf and apply the gel-like liquid from the cut surface directly onto the scar. Apply twice per day. As an added bonus, this home remedy can also help to improve skin laxity.
Apple Cider Vinegar
A gentle skin resurfacing agent, apple cider vinegar helps to remove dead skin cells, which works to gently and gradually reduce the appearance of acne scars. Its antibacterial benefits are effective in preventing future acne breakouts as well. To try this remedy at home, mix one part apple cider vinegar, one part water and a touch of honey (optional), and apply the mixture to acne scars once daily. Let it sit for up to a half-hour before rinsing.
The Ultimate Remedy
There’s only so much that can be done to conceal the appearance of acne scars. While there may be plenty of anecdotal evidence regarding the effectiveness of the above home remedies, when it comes to deeper-set scars, these may not cut it. For more severe acne scars, consider radio frequency (RF) skin resurfacing treatments. This non-surgical, low-downtime option is safe for all skin tones. How does it work? Tiny pins are put in contact with the skin to deliver heat below the surface, creating micro-dermal wounds. These wounds trigger a natural healing reaction in the body, which in turn minimizes the appearance of scars for smoother, healthier-looking skin. Here’s a reference of what to consider when booking your first skin resurfacing treatment.
If you are experiencing active acne and would like to address the root causes of it, opt for acne treatments that utilize Intense Pulsed Light technology to target acne causing bacteria as well as heal existing inflammation. The treatments are quick and comfortable.