Acne marks start causing most people stress in their teens and are a gift that keeps on giving. Caused by skin breakouts which leave permanent scars, acne marks are treatable, and can often be treated without expensive visits to the dermatologist. While some acne scarring will fade away on its own over time, there are acne marks that become permanent and need to be treated.
There are many over-the-counter creams that promise to help reduce acne scars. You can look for ingredients like arbutin, Kojic acid, or Vitamin C in them. You can also buy creams with cortisone in them. These treatments will lighten the scarring over time. If you are looking for natural ingredients, look for something like Meladerm, which has all-natural ingredients and will not harm your skin in any way. Of course, you can opt for home-remedies as well. Here is a list of some great ways to treat acne marks at home.
A natural bleaching agent, lemon will lighten the scar, and the Vitamin C in it will rebuild collagen. Take a fresh lemon and squeeze out its juice. Apply to your scars using a cotton ball. You can dilute it with rose water if you have sensitive skin, or mix it with a few teaspoons of Vitamin E for a more comprehensive treatment. Don’t step out in the sun right after applying lemon to your skin.
Honey is a great natural treatment for many different things, including acne marks. Apply it directly to your skin and wash it off in the morning. You can also mix two tablespoons of honey with a quarter cup of oatmeal and apply this mixture to your scars. Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Another variation of this is to use half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder with 1 tablespoon of honey. You can use this over night if you wish.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a great soothing agent, and it will help regenerate damaged skin tissue as well. Ideally, you should use fresh aloe vera, directly from the plant, rather than something you’ve bought in a store. Apply the gel directly to your scars, leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash off. Use it twice a day and you can see the scars fading in just a few days.
4. Olive Oil
Olive oil is anti-inflammatory, and contains lots of vitamins as well. Just apply some olive oil directly to your skin and massage it in. Once you can feel all the oil has been absorbed, take a clean towel that has been run through warm water and lay it over your face to get some steam. Wipe away any excess oil but avoid rubbing your skin.
5. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural exfoliating agent. Take a few teaspoons of baking soda and mix it into some water to make a paste. Gently massage this into your skin, focusing on the acne marks. After 1-2 minutes of massage, stop, but leave the paste on for another few minutes. Wash it off with lukewarm water and apply some moisturizer. Do this 2-3 times a week.
6. Raw Potato
Who would have thought potatoes could help reduce acne marks? Cut the potato into round slices and rub it over your skin until you can feel that the potato has dried out. Take another slice and repeat. Do this for 15-20 minutes, and then wait till the potato juice is absorbed into your skin. Wash your face and apply some moisturizer. You will need to do this three to four times a week for a few months to see results.
7. Raw Tomatoes
Crush a tomato into pulp. Don’t use canned tomatoes; instead make sure you get a fresh tomato for this. Leave the tomato pulp on your face for 15-20 minutes, and then wash it off. Repeat this every day for two weeks.
Since home remedies rely on natural ingredients, they take longer to work. You will need to be patient, and you will start seeing results in a few weeks. You can always opt for harsher chemical treatments – either over-the-counter, or prescription – and while they might offer quicker results they will also have side-effects.
Natural treatments, either those you try at home or products like Meladerm, are gentle enough that they don’t cause further damage to your skin, and can be used regularly without worry. Regardless of the treatment you use, remember to test it on a small patch of skin to make sure you aren’t allergic to an ingredient or that your skin doesn’t have a reaction like itching or redness.