Acne is an extremely common skin issue that many people deal with throughout their lives, especially as teenagers and young adults.
Oftentimes, acne can be a result of a hormonal imbalance within the body, digestion issues, or another underlying illness. These hormonal (or other) imbalances can cause the glands to produce more oil than normal, clogging the pore and leading to swelling and inflammation around the pore.
However, dealing with acne is only half the battle. Oftentimes an inflamed blemish will continuously stretch out the collagen fibers overtime, leading to long term damage on the surface of the skin. These are commonly known as acne scars and are usually red or brown with an uneven, oftentimes pitted, texture.
Depending on the severity of the pimple, acne scars can last for weeks, months, or even years. Acne scarring can be severeand have a serious impact on your self-confidence. But not to fret, there are several different methods you can try for acne scar removal at home without visiting the dermatologist.
If you love natural products as much as I do then you’re going to love hearing that some of the best ways to treat acne scars are by using natural products. Acne scar removal is simple when the products you need may be just a few steps away in your kitchen. Some of the most common ones are:
1. Aloe Vera: Aloe helps scars to heal faster by strengthening the collagen structure within the scar. Aloe can also speed up the healing process and lessen scar formation.
2. Baking Soda: Baking soda can be used as a natural exfoliator to clear acne scars. It aids in cell reproduction by gently removing scar tissue layer by layer.
3. Honey:Honey is the queen bee of all household products. Its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and contains healing properties that make it a perfect solution to both acne and scars. Honey helps skin to heal faster and prevents scars from forming.
4. Lemon: Lemon juice has both acne and scar healing qualities. Lemon juice can help to reduce inflammation and redness that is often associated with acne scars. Lemon juice also contains vitamin C which is commonly known to brighten the complexion and fade hyperpigmentation.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can help to naturally exfoliate and shed away dead skin cells, fading acne scars in the process. ACV also contains vitamins A, B2, B6, C, and E along with natural lactic and malic acids which help to nourish the skin for an even toned, glowing complexion.
6. Coconut Oil: Coconut oil helps to cool and soothe the skin, reducing inflammation and redness. Coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help to heal both blemishes and scars. Furthermore, coconut oil contains A, E, and K which are all extremely important in skin rejuvenation.
From boxcar to icepick and everything in-between, scars can be unique and stubborn. Finding what works for you is a process of trial and error. Healing your scars may take just one ingredient or a combination of ingredients to fully see results. Here are some of the best acne scar treatments to be on the lookout for at your local beauty supply or drug store:
1. Vitamin E:Vitamin E helps to heal the skin by strengthening the protective barrier. Vitamin E improves the overall formation of healthy skin cells and tissues which in turn helps to heal acne scars. Vitamin E also works to fight off free radicals that can cause damage to your skin and speeds up wound healing.
2. Vitamin C:Vitamin C helps to brighten the skin and create an even toned complexion. Vitamin C also helps to treat dark spots and sun damage by brightening the skin and increasing collagen production. It works by targeting uneven pigment in the skin.
3. Salicylic and Glycolic Acids: Chemical exfoliants work by speeding up the skin cell turnover rate, helping to sweep away old scarring and hyper pigmentation with each use. Both Salicylic and Glycolic acid help in improving acne scars by renewing and refining the skin. Glycolic acid especially can improve the appearance of the skin, and of scars in a shorter period of time.
4. Zinc Sulfate:Zinc’s anti-inflammatory properties make it helpful for reducing both redness and swelling. It’s also rich in vitamin A, an essential vitamin to clear skin and promotes quicker wound healing.
5. Retinol and Retinoids:Retinol and retinoids are both rich in vitamin A, which helps to speed up skin cell turnover an pull dead skin cells out of pores. Retinol can also work to prevent the skins pores from becoming clogged with dirt and oil. These both work to promote collagen production, helping with brown, red, and even textured scars!
Luckily there are a few things you can do to prevent acne scars and it starts with treating the pimple as soon as it forms! It's important to practice these three key things:
1. Reduce Inflammation:Icing the pimple is a great place to start and a way to reduce inflammation quickly. A topical sulfur mask like the Sunday Riley Saturn Sulfur Treatment Mask helps to fight acne while preventing future breakouts. You can even make your own crushed ibuprofen and water paste and apply it topically or take a couple ibuprofen to reduce inflammation internally.
2. Wear Sunscreen:Sunscreen helps to reduce pigmentation on the skin. When applied daily, sunscreen can help to reduce the risk of permanent acne scarring. When breakouts or flare ups are exposed to the sun without UV protection, existing scars can become worse.
3. Practice Proper Hygiene:It goes without saying but, hands off! Make sure you aren’t popping, poking, or prying at your pimples. Popping not only increases your chances of scarring but can also spread bacteria, worsening your acne woes.