This is a repost of an article I wrote for allwomenstalk.com
Over 50% of women have struggled with acne at some point in their life, myself included. Let’s face it, acne sucks. It’s painful, and it can destroy your confidence. You know deep down that you are beautiful regardless of your pimples, but it can still be hard at times. And what’s worse, is that it often leaves scarring – so you are dealing with it even if the acne itself fades away. So, I’m here to give you 10 natural remedies to fade acne scars. Restore that confidence!
1. Baking Soda
This first one is something that most people have in their pantry. Baking soda helps to fade scars, and also will not irritate sensitive skin. You can mix 2 tbsp of baking soda with 1 tbsp of water, and spread it over your scars. Leave it on overnight, and rinse off in the morning. It’s an anti-inflammatory, so it will reduce the redness of the marks, and it will gently scrape off the scar tissue over time.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera will soothe irritated skin and regenerate damaged tissue. Plus, it you can grow the plants yourself to save some money and have a constant supply. Dozens of aloe vera plants grew in my parent’s backyard, and occasional rain water was enough to sustain them. Whenever I needed their soothing properties, I just went outside and broke off a small piece. If growing aloe isn’t feasible for you, you can usually find some at the grocery store.
You can apply tomato juice or tomato slices to your skin; both will work. Tomatoes contain carotenes which encourage skin health and other nutrients that reduce scar formation. One popular method is to mash a tomato into a pulp, and leave it on your face for 15 to 20 minutes.
4. Coconut Oil
You know what they say; apply coconut oil to anything you want to improve. It’s great for the teeth and hair, and it turns out it’s great for acne scars as well! Rub a little between between clean hands to liquify the oil. Massage into your skin, and leave on for ten minutes. Then, rinse your face and pat dry.
Turmeric adds great taste to curries, but today we’ll be putting it on our face instead of in our face. 😉 This spice contains curcumin, which replaces dull, damaged skin with healthy, glowing skin! You can mix it with aloe vera, coconut oil, or honey to form a paste. Leave it on the skin for about 15 minutes. Then start massaging it in circular motions, to exfoliate your skin. Rinse it off and pat dry.
This nutrient packed veggie contains silica, which replenishes your skin. It also has Vitamin E, which fights scar tissue! Using cucumber on your scars couldn’t be easier: simply slice it up, and place it on your skin for 20 minutes. After you take it off, rinse your face with warm water and then cold water.
You probably already have some in your pantry. If not, you can buy some for only a couple dollars at any grocery store. Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliant, and soothes reddened and irritated skin. It also contains B vitamins that help your skin regenerate. You can cook some oatmeal and add a little bit of milk. Rub it onto your face like a face mask, and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse it with lukewarm water. Oatmeal is gentle enough that you can apply it every day!
This is by far the cheapest remedy on this whole list! Ice will tighten your skin and reduce your pores, which will work wonders on surface scars. It is not as effective with deep scars. Wrap some ice cubes in a washcloth, and gently massage the affected areas for 10 minutes. Do this every day, and you should start to see results within a week.
9. Banana Peels
Bananas contain natural enzymes that will hydrate your skin, heal scars, and even prevent future breakouts. The next time you eat a banana, save the peel! Rub the peel on your face for a few minutes, until the inside starts to turn brown. Then, leave the peel on your face for 20 minutes. Take it off, and rinse your face with lukewarm water.
Honey is a natural moisturizer, and keeps your skin looking soft, supple, and glowy. Cleopatra’s dazzling skin has often been attributed to her milk and honey skincare routine. Follow in her footsteps by mixing a little bit of milk and honey together and applying it to your face. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse. Your skin will feel so great!
I hope you enjoyed these 10 acne scar remedies. Do you have any tried-and-true remedies? Share them in the comments!
Health Note: Everybody’s skin reacts differently to substances. I would recommend trying out each remedy on a small patch of skin, and waiting 24 hours. If there is no allergic reaction, then you can apply it to the rest of your face. Technically, you should be doing this with all products, from makeup to lotions.