Healing acne scars is not easy. There are many products available to treat scarring left from acne, but most if not all of them will only reduce the appearance of scars; they will not get rid of them completely. There are also medical procedures that can reduce, and sometimes completely remove scarring, but these are expensive and require recovery time.
Before resorting to expensive acne scar creams or procedures, you may want to try an acne scar home treatment, particularly if your scarring is minor or is a discoloring of the skin. There are several options that you may already have in your kitchen. Though these treatments won’t completely remove scars they can lighten them, smooth out skin, and reduce the appearance of acne scars. They also may speed recovery of hyperpigmentation from old acne spots. These spots are not really scars, but they are often thought of as acne scars and they usually will fade away slowly over time.
People tend to discount this one for one reason or another, but drinking enough water is very important for healing scar tissue. Maybe it is hard to think of drinking plain water as a way to treat something like scars because it is “just water” and does not involve applying anything to the scar. In fact keeping your body well hydrated by drinking enough water each day is important because it also keeps your skin hydrated which is important for regenerating healthy skin tissue.
Lemon Juice for Acne Scars
Lemon juice is a popular acne scar home treatment because it is effective at lightening skin. It also can prevent acne breakouts due to the vitamin C and other healthful compounds in lemon juice. Apply a dab of lemon juice to the spots you want to lighten and leave it on overnight. If you do apply lemon juice to your skin it is all the more important to also use a good quality sun block whenever you go outside in the daytime because lemon juice causes photosensitivity and your skin will be more susceptible to burning. If you have a lot of marks that you want to treat lemon juice can also be added to a homemade face mask.
Honey for Acne Scars
Honey has hydroscopic, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties that help skin to soften and regenerate. Apply dabs of honey to spots you want to treat and leave on for 15 minutes to half an hour or longer. Honey can also be used in a facial mask to treat larger areas of the face. Use it alone by applying a thin layer of honey to your face and sit back and relax for at least 15 minutes. But if you want an excuse to be lazy, keep it on for half an hour or longer. This can be pretty messy so you will want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Also, don’t plan to get anything done while you wait other than reading or TV watching. Honey can also be added to other, more robust facial masks.
Yogurt Mask for Acne Scars
Yogurt contains probiotics but it also has lactic acid in it which acts as a very gentle chemical peal. It will help your skin exfoliate and promote new cell growth. A yogurt facial mask is very soothing and easy to make. It works excellently in combination with honey. Mix equal parts honey and yogurt and mix vigorously until smooth. A tablespoon of each makes about the right amount to cover your face. Leave it on for 20 minutes or longer then rinse off and enjoy the smooth and fresh feeling your skin now has.
There are many remedies for acne scars. If you have a minor acne scar or post acne hyperpigmentation that you want to treat without buying products or spending much money, then some of these home remedies for scars may help you. Though they won’t get rid of scars completely, they can make improvements to the scar tissue over time, making your scar less noticeable and your skin smoother and healthier.