An acne-scarred face is not a pretty sight and the person who sports them does acquire an inferiority complex. There are different types of acne scars. Some are depressed and some are raised. But they all look bad and the individual desperately wants to get rid of those acne scars and initially looks around for natural ways to do it.
Clearing away those acne marks isn’t easy and there are no ways it can be done overnight or in a day. You must exercise patience.
Home and natural remedies have limitations and work only on scars that are mild and superficial. Moderate to severe deep scars require medical treatment.
Having made that clear at the outset lets us see, which are the most effective and natural ways you can use to clear your face and body off the acne scars and dark marks.
1. Lemon juice
Dip a cotton ball in a bowl containing lemon juice and apply over the acne-scarred area of the face and body. Keep for about fifteen minutes and wash away with cold or lukewarm water. Do not use undiluted lemon juice if you have sensitive skin.
How does lemon work on the acne scars?
Due to its citric acid content, lemon juice acquires bleaching characteristics. It restricts melanin production, thereby lightening your skin color and that of the dark scars formed because of acne. It also improves your skin tone and texture. Its antioxidant properties give lemon anti-aging properties that prevent the formation of skin wrinkles.
The citric acid present in lemon belongs to a class of compounds called alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which exfoliates the skin and gets rid of the dead skin cells.
Its vitamin C content increases the production of collagen. Collagen is responsible for the constant renewal of skin cells. It gives the skin its firmness and elastic nature.
Ø Do not leave lemon on the skin for an extended period. Wash it away after about fifteen minutes or so.
Ø Do not use lemon juice on open wounds because it will cause burning and irritate the wound.
Ø Do not go out in the sun with lemon juice applied on the face or body because this can have severe reactions on the skin.
Ø Always moisturize your skin after applying lemon juice as the leftover citric juice can irritate dry skin.
Honey is great for removing the acne skin scar marks and dark spots. Apply the raw honey on your acne scars and leave overnight. Wash it off in the morning.
How does honey help remove acne scars and dark spots?
Raw honey makes a great natural gentle skin moisturizer, naturally retains moisture, and makes your skin soft. It has an antibacterial action, which helps control infection and reduces the redness and any inflammation.
You can use honey to treat the acne scars and the acne as well.
Being rich in skin-antioxidants, it exhibits anti-aging properties keeping your skin looking young and wrinkle-free. You should also take raw organic honey orally, which will synergistically add to its topical action and give you a more prompt and quicker effect.
3. Sandalwood powder
Make a paste of one tbsp of sandalwood powder and half tbsp of turmeric powder mixed in rose-water. Apply on the acne scars and leave overnight. Wash it off the next morning with cold or lukewarm water.
How sandalwood removes acne scars?
Sandalwood powder has a cooling effect on the skin and you can it use even if you have sensitive skin.
Sandalwood exhibits antibacterial properties that control infection and help clear the skin pores.
It is also a natural moisturizer and the application left overnight scrapes off the outer-scarred layer of the skin.
4. Aloe Vera
Apply aloe vera gel over the acne scars. It is gentle on the skin and you can apply it over the normal skin. If you have access to an aloe vera plant, use its leaf. Peel away the outer layer and squeeze out the gel. Apply it over the face and the acne scar affected area. Leave this for about thirty minutes and then wash it off.
How does aloe vera clear the acne scars?
Being a cactus plant, aloe vera contains 95% water. It, therefore, acts as a good moisturizer and hydrates the skin well without clogging the skin pore. Due to its antioxidant content, it has anti-aging properties that keep the skin wrinkle-free.
It is rich in enzymes, vitamins, and minerals, which makes it one of the most efficient skin-repairing herbs.
Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help control and prevent inflammation and infection.
The active ingredient, aloin, reduces melanin formation and this helps to lighten skin and dark spots.
5. Baking soda
Baking soda is a natural exfoliate and it comes cheap. Mix one tbsp of baking soda powder with two tbsp of clean water. It should form a thick paste. Apply this paste over the acne scars.
You can apply all over the face or the back, as required in a gentle circular motion for about a minute. This will unplug skin pores. Leave for about 2 – 3 minutes and then wash off the paste. Pat the scar area dry with a clean smooth towel. Repeat twice a day.
How does baking soda get rid of acne scars?
Being a natural exfoliate, it removes dead skin cells, bacteria, and dust present on the skin surface. It gently removes the scar tissue layer by layer.
It has an anti-inflammatory action, which reduces any redness and swelling on the skin.
6. Tea tree oil helps to remove acne scars
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil is derived from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant of Australia. It is used in the natural treatment of acne scars and acne too.
Dilute 4 drops of tree tea oil in two tbsp of clean water. Apply this mix with a cotton ball to your acne scars. You can repeat this twice or thrice a day. Use only diluted form because otherwise, it can damage your skin.
How tea tree oil improves acne scars?
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It kills the bacteria present on the skin surface and clears the skin pores. Its anti-inflammatory action reduces redness and swelling.