How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Fast – The Ultimate Acne Scar Treatment Guide
For those who suffer with acne – even if only occasionally – often healing the pimples themselves is not the end of the problem. Unfortunately acne scars can continue to spoil the complexion, even years after a person has ‘grown out’ of the initial acne problem.
What Causes Acne Scarring?
Acne scarring is usually actually the result of the body trying to heal itself. Pimples, blackheads and acne lesions are often really rather deep traumas for the skin to have to deal with. To do so, the body attempts to produce extra collagen to heal the damage. Things do not always go right though, with an overproduction of collagen leading to raised acne scars and an under-production causing pitted scars, both of which can be as noticeable and unflattering as the acne itself was.
There are certain factors that can worsen acne scarring. Picking or squeezing active acne pimples often results in greater scarring – which is why people are advised never to do so – a failure to treat active acne and even genetics can all add to the problem. However the scarring occurred though most people really only want to do one thing; get rid of it.
7 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Acne Scars at Home
Looking for effective ways to lessen the appearance of ugly acne scars at home? Here are seven ways to try, all of which have been tried and tested and should hopefully leave you with clearer, smoother skin without breaking the bank:
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda may just be one of the most versatile common household products in the world. It can, of course, be used to enhance all kinds of culinary efforts but it can also serve as an effective household cleaner and deodorizer, a great way to get whiter teeth and better breath, and it can help the skin in numerous ways. So that it can be used as an effective way to get rid of acne scars should really come as no surprise.
To use baking soda to fight acne scarring, all you really need to do is create a thick paste by mixing it with clean water and then apply the paste to scarred areas. Leave it on for five to ten minutes before rinsing away and repeat the treatment every other day for the best possible results.
2. Lemon Juice
The use lemon and lemon juice for acne is nothing new. Lemon juice is one of the best natural skin lighteners you can find and it is also a natural AHA – alpha hydroxy acid – the stuff added to expensive skin serums, which does mean that it can be very effective to help reduce not only the appearance of acne scars but also uneven skin tone in general.
For the best results freshly squeezed lemon juice should be applied to affected areas with a clean cotton ball. If you have sensitive skin you may want to mix it with a little water, as it is pretty potent stuff! After leaving to dry, rinse the face with lukewarm water and then repeat the treatment every two to three days.
3. Vitamin E
Using Vitamin E to combat scarring of all kinds is something that even many surgeons recommend these days. The easiest way to do so is to head to the drugstore and pick up an inexpensive bottle of Vitamin E supplements pills and then break one open to ‘get at’ the oil. You can also buy Vitamin E oil but it may not be as effective as it is often mixed with other ingredients.
The vitamin E can either be rubbed directly into scarred skin on a daily basis or you can simply add it to your favorite moisturizer for an all over treatment that will also help you fight fine lines and wrinkles.
It may look like a very simple vegetable but a cucumber is actually a rather special one. You see not only is it a great natural source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C but also of the essential mineral zinc. Add the fact that it is a natural moisturizer as well thanks to its high water content and it’s easy to see why it is often used as a major component of many expensive skin products.
However you can get great acne scar minimizing results at home with a cucumber picked up at your local grocery store. To do so simply slice one up and apply a slice to each scarred area for 10-15 minutes at a time. While you are doing that you could cover your eyes too and help fight dark circles at the same time for a great 1-2 beauty ‘punch’.
5. Coconut Oil
Anyone who has ever used it knows that coconut oil is a very effective moisturizer, especially if used on very dry skin. It does also boast some potent healing powers, meaning that if you get into the habit of using it as a moisturizer it will help reduce the appearance of acne scars as well. For the best results though, make use of warmed raw coconut oil, which has a butter like consistency, rather than the liquid oil that is often used for cooking.
Using honey to cure acne is another of those marvellous natural remedy that goes beyond its usefulness as a delicious foodstuff. Honey itself can also be used as both an antibiotic and an antiseptic, can be used to treat burns, rashes and bee stings and yes, to help reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
To use honey to help get rid of acne scarring it’s best to opt for raw honey – you’ll find it in farmers markets and health food stores – and and rub it directly into any acne scars in the same way as you would a moisturizer. Want to make the treatment even more effective? Add a pinch of cinnamon powder as that will add some potent pore cleansing power as well.
7. Sugar Scrubs
A gentle exfoliator can be very effective to help remove dead skin cells, allowing the skin to renew itself and improve the appearance and severity of acne scars. And you can actually use simple household sugar to make an excellent, all-natural scrub. Sugar is, like lemon, a very potent natural alpha hydroxy acid and it also contains glycolic acid, something else that you have probably seen listed as an ingredient in a number of expensive skin serums.
Here’s how to make a skin saving, skin loving sugar scrub:
• ¼ cup sugar
• ¼ cup olive oil
• 4-6 drops lemon juice
• Combine the ‘ingredients’ in a bowl and stir together until you are left with a thin paste.
• Apply the paste to your acne scars first and leave on for five to ten minutes.
• Gently massage the paste over the whole face and
• Then rinse away with lukewarm water.
You should repeat the treatment once or twice a week for the best results.
I have to point out that none of these treatments are a ‘magic bullet’ that will get rid of your acne scars overnight. Used regularly though, you should begin seeing gradual results that will make you smile, and you’ll be smiling because your skin looks so much better now the acne scars are disappearing for good. Try one or two of these methods, and then let me know if they worked out for you .
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