Acne is a drag. Okay, that may not sound like a scientific description, but it’s accurate enough. Most people probably think of acne as an affliction that only strikes teenagers, but the truth is that you can get it at any age. Not only is it unsightly, in moderate to severe cases, it can leave scars. Anything more than the most mild of scars will stick around unless you do something to get rid of them. The good news is that there are several different treatments that can help acne scars fade. Microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, bleaching creams are a few of the more common examples. If these kinds of treatment make you nervous, then you may wish to opt for natural acne remedies first. The results may take longer appear, but they do work for a lot of people.
Before you start trying any acne remedies it’s important that you clean your face. You want to get rid of any extra dirt and oil, giving the remedy a better chance of doing what it’s meant to do. However, a word of caution is in order: even though you want to make sure your face is clean, you shouldn’t clean it too often, or too vigorously as this will only make the situation worse. A common myth is that acne is caused by dirt, but it isn’t, so excess washing doesn’t do any good anyway. In fact, you can cause the skin to produce excess oil to replace what you strip away if you wash too frequently.
One of the simple home remedies to help acne scars fade is lemon juice. Simply squeeze the juice out of one lemon and stir it in with a cup or so of water. Put the resulting mixture directly on your scars for a few minutes each day (up to two times a day). You should start noticing gradual fading in a few weeks.
Some people like to use baking soda to make acne scars fade. This is typically mixed with a little bit of water to make a paste, and then used as a scrub. Rub it on the scars, but don’t be too rough. Use a gentle circular motion for approximately 30 seconds, then rinse completely. This exfoliate the skin which helps smooth the skin and reduce the visibility of scars.
Various oils are used by a lot of people to help reduce scarring caused by acne. Typical oils for this purpose include rosehip seed oil, olive oil, and Vitamin E. Gently rub the oil onto the scar a few times a day. You can try leaving the oil right on the scar as it will work as a moisturizer while healing the skin at the same time.
As mentioned earlier, these natural remedies for acne may take longer than medical treatments. However, if they don’t seem to work as well as you would like, be sure to talk to your doctor about other alternatives for helping your acne scars fade.