Victory is here. You win. It’s the horrible fight against acne that we’re talking about here. Because for some people, this battle can turn into a nightmare. It teaches us all about persistence, confidence in a positive outcome despite discouraging signs and not to mention patience.
On top of that, once you’ve succeeded in getting rid of these pesky little protuberances, you will likely be left with a precious reminder: your scars. You might think these are here to stay permanently, especially those resulting from cystic acne.
Well, this doesn’t have to be the case! This post is meant to walk you through some tips on getting rid of acne scars quickly and efficiently. Apart from the face, acne usually pops up on the neck, back, shoulders and chest. You can use these remedies in all those areas as well.
Step One: Take Collagen and Vitamin E Supplements
Before talking about remedies, there’s an intriguing thing you should know when it comes to acne. Apart from it being directly related to skin infections, there’s another thing pimples are responsible for; destroying collagen. Collagen is a skin component that gives it elasticity. Whenever you squeeze or break a pimple, you are making the infection go deeper into your skin, causing an increased collagen loss. Your scars will be deeper, your skin will heal slower, and your face will lose elasticity.
Taking collagen supplements can help you heal those scars more quickly than if you wouldn’t take them. Always buy pure supplements and avoid pharmaceutical-produced ones as they are filled with other chemicals and won’t be as effective as collagen produced from wild sources such as organic fish or meat.
Vitamin E protects the skin from oxidative damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can lead to premature ageing and skin damage. By neutralizing free radicals, vitamin E helps prevent the breakdown of collagen and elastin, promoting skin elasticity and glow. It also helps to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, retaining moisture and preventing water loss. Thus resulting in the aid of healing wounds and scars. Vitamin E supports the formation of new blood vessels and promotes collagen synthesis, essential for regenerating and repairing damaged skin tissue. Lastly, it will also help protect your skin from sun damage.
Different Types of Acne Scars and Effective Treatment Options
Acne scars can have a lasting impact on one’s self-esteem and skin appearance. Understanding the different types of acne scars is essential in finding suitable treatment options. There are several types of acne scars, including atrophic scars, such as ice pick scars, boxcar scars, and rolling scars, resulting from tissue loss during the healing process.
On the other hand, hypertrophic or keloid scars are raised and occur when there is excess collagen production during the healing process. These types of scars are usually easier to eliminate than previous acne scars.
When going to the dermatologist, each type of scar requires a specific approach for effective treatment. However, the following natural treatments can help you diminish and even eliminate all of your acne scars.
Red or Pink Acne Scars
If your scars are still red or pink, you are in luck. This means that they should disappear quite quickly with enough sun protection, supplements and skincare.
Hypertrophic scars are raised and may be red or pink. They remain within the boundaries of the original wound or acne site and usually improve over time. On the other hand, keloid scars extend beyond the boundaries of the original wound or acne site and can be thick, raised, and darker in colour. They tend to grow progressively and may not regress spontaneously. Both or easy and quick to tackle!
Unveiling the Truth: Are Acne Scars Permanent?
Many people wonder if acne scars are permanent or if there are ways to minimize their appearance. The answer depends on the severity and type of acne scars. As mentioned above, there are scars that are tougher to eliminate than others. While some scars may naturally fade over time, others can be persistent and require more intensive treatment. Atrophic scars, such as ice pick, boxcar, and rolling scars, are generally more challenging to address and may require professional intervention to improve significantly. However, with advancements in dermatological procedures and techniques, effective treatments can significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars and help individuals regain their confidence.
The most important part of healing your skin is ensuring you hydrate yourself sufficiently as water and minerals have great healing powers. Generally, we want to stay away from processed and fried food as they are unhealthy for us, ut they also cause your skin to age quicker and therefore are a bg cause of you keeping those scars in the first place.
Naturally Reducing Acne Scars: Tips for a One-Week Transformation
Although complete removal of acne scars within a week may not be feasible, there are natural remedies that can help minimize their appearance and promote healthier skin. Some of the remedies we’ll talk about next have their overnight variations. So, if you are sleeping alone and have no one to scare with a strange appearance, try them out with no restraints.
Lemons are nature’s way of offering us bleach. So they can be used to reduce skin redness. The high vitamin C content helps to rebuild collagen to restore your face elasticity.
Simply squeeze one lemon and apply the juice on your face using a cotton ball. Save the remaining juice for later by storing it in the fridge. If you need moisture while applying the juice, mix it with vitamin E oil, a super good emollient and skin enhancer.
- Note: Lemon juice might burn if you have current wounds on your skin.
# 2. The Lemon Juice Mask
Whole Fat Milk – 1 tablespoon
Almond Oil or Vitamin E oil – 1 tablespoon (optional)
Honey – 1 tablespoon
Lemon Juice – 1 tablespoon
Method – Mix them up and gently apply on your face skin once a day for one week or 10 days.
Note – Never go out in the sun after applying lemon juice to your face. It will make your scars dark instead of lighter.
I bet you guessed this one. Honey is the most popular natural treatment for skin problems. And acne scars are no different. So here’s how to use honey for acne scars and redness.
You can either apply some local honey on your face as it is and leave it overnight. Moreover, you can mix the honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and either leave it for about an hour or leave it overnight.
A good mask u can prepare, more straightforward than the one presented above, is to mix honey with milk or yoghurt.
#4. Fenugreek Seeds
Take some fenugreek leaves and mash them up in a food processor blender. With the help of your fingers, you can apply the mixture on your face or wherever you are experiencing acne scars. Rinse it after 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat this ritual every day for as long as needed.
#5. Aloe Vera and Turmeric Paste
Enzymes, polysaccharides and nutrients are all contained in this gift from nature. The aloe vera plant is a must-have in every home. They are interestingly looking, and squeezing a leaf you know is safe is safer. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, removes toxins and balances the natural moisture levels in your skin. Aloe vera is among the few plants that can destroy indented acne scars. Be patient, and don’t expect miracles. Some of these severe scars might never go away unless you use surgery.
Turmeric, on the other hand, exfoliates your skin without being aggressive due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. An unbeatable duo, you might say. Apply it to your skin evenly and gently massage it with your fingertips. Leave it on for another 20 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water.
#6. Papaya Mask
This mask is highly recommended when dealing with pitted or rolling acne scars. You should try it before going to the dermatologist and consider laser resurfacing. But if your facial scarring is rather deep and bad, chances are you won’t get rid of them quickly. Red spots are easier to heal entirely with natural products, but if homemade remedies can work in this case, the results won’t be quick. Also, it is good to know that this is how to get rid of red acne scars as well.
#7. The Papaya and Honey Mask
Mashed papaya – ½ cup
Local honey – 2 teaspoons
Method – Mix the two ingredients and apply the result to your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing it with warm water. Try this method out regularly for about a month or so, and if no significant improvements are seen, see a dermatologist.
#8. Olive Oil
Olive oil contains many vitamins, like A, D, C, E, B1 and B2, and antioxidants and iron. It miraculously gently heals your skin.
The Olive Oil Mask
Olive oil – 2 spoons
Warm water – in a bowl
A clean towel
Method – Massage your face with olive oil, concentrating on your scars. Your skin is supposed to absorb or at least part of the oil. Do this for about 3 to 5 minutes. Then, drape the clean cloth into the warm water and gently apply it on your face. It should have a steaming effect. After a couple of minutes, clean your face with the cloth gently, until the excess of oil is removed. Then wash your face some more with warm water.
#9. Baking Soda
Baking soda is more of a natural face scrub. This is its main advantage when using it to get rid of acne scars. Just mix it with some water and get a thick paste. Gently rub your face with it while you apply it with your fingers. Rinse after 15 minutes and apply some moisturizer, preferably something natural, like coconut or olive oil.
#10. The Ice Remedy
The last remedy, and in this case, the least effective. Ice contracts pores and reduces the (fresh) scars’ redness and size. It’s important to know that ice will not blemish or make an old scar disappear. Though if you put ice immediately on a popped pimple, it will reduce the formation of the scar in the first place!
Take a few blocks of ice from the cooler and wrap them up in a cloth. Then rub the block against your face with gentle moves. This process should be repeated regularly until you notice serious improvements.
More advice on avoiding acne scars in the first place is never to pick your acne. Nevertheless, we all have an old scar somewhere on our body, reminding us of the times we cut it too far. In a nutshell, stop touching, picking or squeezing your pimples. Let them be, no matter how nasty they look. No matter how long a pimple may last, it will eventually disappear; wrinkles and scars are more likely to last a lifetime.
Final Thoughts on How to Get Rid of Acne Scars
When it comes to all things about your skin, keeping a clean and exfoliated area is one of the best ways to ensure that your skin stays happy and healthy. This rule goes regardless of whether or not you are battling acne scars.
Now that you understand how to deal with battling acne scarring, we hope you can find some remedies with our helpful tips to use right at home. If you have tried these tips, let us know how they work for you below. Are there any additional tips that you think we have left out? Comment below as well!