The aim of home treatment of acne scars is to reduce the inflammation and swelling if present and to lighten the dark spots. It will improve the appearance of the person, increase self-esteem and improve skin health. Home treatments will work only for mild superficial acne scarring. The dermatologist (skin specialist) best treats moderate to severe new and old acne scars.
Certain dos and don’ts are explained with reasons, which essentially form part of the home remedies to get rid of acne scars and dark spots.
You could initially try these home remedies by applying over-the-counter creams to treat your acne scars. They will also get rid of dark spots formed after the acne heal. It takes about six months for the dark spots to fade away on their own. These home remedies will make them go away faster.
Topical creams for acne scars and dark spots
Cortisone is a steroid with anti-inflammatory properties. You can buy cortisone cream over-the-counter. It does not require a prescription. Apply this cream twice a day after you have washed your face with warm water and a mild soap. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel and gently apply the cream over your acne scar area.
Lightening creams help lighten your skin. They will remove the dark spots and lighten the skin color. They are available without a prescription. The best ingredients with skin lightening properties to look for would be:
· Kojic acid, which is derived from the mushroom extract
· Arbutin from bearberry extract
· Ascorbic acid, which is vitamin C
Use a chemical- exfoliating cream called glycolic acid twice a week. This will help to lighten the skin over the acne scar and get rid of dark spots. It will also prevent new acne from developing.
Take oral vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin for the process of skin repair. It plays an important role in the synthesis of collagen, which is required to heal the acne lesion and minimize scarring. It has antioxidant properties, which help to maintain a healthy skin. Its anti-aging properties prevent wrinkle formation.
Avoid harsh sunlight
Avoid exposure to sun, especially harsh sunlight. It can increase the dark pigmentation of the skin and make the scars more prominent. Soft morning sunlight is okay.
Sunlight stimulates the formation of the pigment melanin, which is produced by the skin cells. That is why your skin gets tanned due to sunlight exposure.
If you have to go in the sun, use a sunscreen or a moisturizer with sun protection formula of 15 or more.
Eat more fiber. Whole grains are rich in fiber content. They also contain selenium sulfide which is great for the skin and also recommended as a natural remedy for acne.
Fiber helps to remove waste and toxins from the body. These waste products can clog the skin pores and cause acne to erupt.
Exercise regularly. It detoxifies your skin. It increases the blood circulation throughout the body, including the skin. Increased blood circulation means more oxygen and nutrients to the skin and prompt removal of waste and toxins from the skin through sweat.
Avoid vitamin E topical creams
Do not put topical vitamin E on the scar. It may delay the healing or may even worsen the condition.
Keep your skin hands-free
Do not irritate the skin by over-washing or scrubbing. This can increase inflammation and make the acne worse. Avoid touching the acne area with your hands.
Drink adequate water
Drink an adequate quantity of water – about 10 to 12 glasses throughout the day. This will hydrate the skin and get rid of toxins and waste through urine and sweat.