Natural Remedies for Acne Scars
Acne is a very common and debilitating condition, it can cause so much anguish and completely knock your self confidence. I have suffered from it since my mid twenties, I was fortunate not to have it as a teenager as this would have been much harder to deal with. In my twenties I was more confident and in a better position to seek treatment. This took the form of the contraceptive pill called “Dianette” when I was younger, but now I am in my forties I find that the most successful treatment is oral antibiotics. I would rather not take them, I am passionate about natural products and remedies! However, I refuse to have acne at the age of 48 so I am prepared to take them.
If you do succeed in treating your acne effectively, you may still be left with scars and these can be almost as bad as the condition itself. There are numerous products out there which claim to help but I have not found any miracle ones!
Just because a product comes in a nice bottle and costs a fortune, it doesn’t necessarily make it any more effective. Why not try some natural products, most of which you will already have at home? It’s not going to cost a lot, can’t do any harm and could actually work. What have you got to lose?
The following ideas have been gathered from various websites and have not been clinically verified, most of the evidence is anecdotal but some of these remedies have become the basic ingredients for commercial products, often at a hefty price.
- Aloe Vera is well known as having incredible anti-inflammatory properties. There are many products available to buy but the best form to use is the raw plant itself. The plant looks a little like a cactus and can grow to be huge. Your local garden centre or the internet should be able to supply you with your own. Simply break off a leaf and squeeze out the pulp, it is gel like in consistency, apply to the skin and leave for a minimum of 10 minutes, preferably up to an hour.
- Olive oil is known as a very common and effective home remedy for all sorts of things from hair conditioning and skin moisturising to chapped lips. It is also extraordinarily effective in diminishing the appearance of scarring whilst also soothing the skin. The treatment works most effectively to smoothe, soothe and lighten scars when administered everyday, once in the morning after a shower, and once before going to bed.
- One of the easiest remedies to try is the application of ice to the skin. Using ice on the scarred area will reduce inflammation, moisten the damaged area, and in effect speed up the healing process. This process is most effective if done several times a day for intervals of 15-30 minutes at a time. Make sure the ice has a film of water on it to prevent it sticking to the skin.
- Another way to treat acne scarring is lemon juice. Lemon juice will not only improve the healing of your scars, but it will also lighten the often darkened, pigmented areas left on your skin. The best juice to use would be from a freshly squeezed lemon, applied to cotton wool and left to soak in for twenty to thirty minutes before being washed off.
- There are several essential, natural oils which are very effective in treating scars. Rose oil is superb as it is antibacterial, antiviral and bactericidal, but it can also be expensive. Tea tree oil has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties, this is also useful for anyone still suffering from acne. Sandalwood is another oil which has a healing and soothing effect. It may be necessary to dilute the oils as pure oils can burn the skin, try mixing them with a little olive or almond oil and apply to the inside of your arm to check for any reaction.
Do you have any of your own remedies?
For severe scarring which does not respond to topical treatments, it may be that you wish to pursue more aggressive techniques such as skin peeling or laser resurfacing. There is some great information from Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies programme, including this video on resurfacing skin.