How to Remove Acne Scars Naturally
Acne scars can be very nauseating when they appear on your body. Not only that they look awful, but they give some negative tales about your beauty consciousness. No wonder, no one like to see them on their glittering body. When acne scars appear, they call for immediate attention to stop them from spreading in other areas of the body. Unfortunately, many people resort to using some unverified means trying to remove or stop acne. This unwholesome practice, in most cases, can cause more damage to your skin than you can ever imagine. Nothing gives you a more assured solution to acne scars than the natural remedies which this article will reveal to you and your loved ones.
Reducing Acne Scars Naturally
Start treating your acne even before it starts to heal. The very best time to minimize scarring is during the immediate healing period. Keep acne clean but moisturized. If you need to bandage acne, you should do it lightly. This evenly distributes the tension over the skin and minimizes the chances of scarring.
Use Chinese medicine to reduce acne scaring. Radix arnebiae has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for centuries to reduce scarring. It is also known as Zi Cao and Lithospermum erythrorhizon. This herb is known to release heat and toxins.
- You may have to go to a TCM practitioner to obtain this herb, however there may be a R. arnebiae soap or powder form available at your local pharmacy. R. arnebiae is also available as a concentrated herb.
- To use, mix ½ teaspoon of the powder or ¼ teaspoon of the concentrated herb with 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil or another base oil, such as almond oil, argan oil, or jojoba oil. Massage the mixture into the scar tissue 3-4 times a day, using gentle, circular motions.
- Recent studies have indicated that R. arnebiae can reduce the numbers and functions of scar-forming cells.
Apply lemon juice to reduce scarring. Lemon juice can be applied to darker scars in order to lighten them. The Vitamin C in lemon juice may why it is so useful in reducing scars, as Vitamin C is important in normal wound healing.
- Use a cotton ball or cotton swab soaked in lemon juice and apply directly to the scar. Allow the lemon juice to air dry and then rinse with warm water. Repeat one to two times a day.
- Be aware that you should not expose the lemon-juice treated skin to sunlight. This may result in bleaching. Just be sure that the lemon juice has been completely washed off before going out into the sun.
Rub aloe vera gel on the scars. This gel can be massaged into scars to soften the tissue. Aloe vera has been studied primarily for its effects on burn scars, but appears to improve the characteristics of scars and reducing their appearance.
- Aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory herb. The reduction of inflammation, especially during the early stages of scar formation may be important for increasing the elasticity of new tissue.
Use green tea to minimize scarring. Green tea may reduce scars because of its antioxidant activity.Steep a bag of organic green tea in warm water. Apply the tea bag directly on the scar 3-4 times a day for 10-15 minutes.
- You can also soak a cotton towel or cotton ball in green tea, squeeze out the excess, and place over the scar 3-4 times a day for 10-15 minutes.
Apply oils to your scarring. Lavender oil has been traditionally used to reduce scars. Place 2-3 drops of lavender oil in 2 tablespoons of castor oil and massage into the scar. Repeat this 3-4 times a day.
- St John’s wort oil can also be mixed with castor oil and massaged directly into the scar. Use 2-3 drops of the oil in 2 tablespoons of castor oil and massage into the scar. Repeat 3-4 times daily. St John’s wort promotes wound healing and has been used to reduce C-section scars.
Take vitamins. Vitamins E and D have been used to improve the appearance of scars.Vitamin C can also promote wound healing and decrease the appearance of scars. It supports the formation of collagen, a protein in the skin that helps its elasticity.
- Open a caplet of Vitamin E that contains 400 IU of Vitamin E in liquid form. Mix with 4-5 drops of castor oil and apply directly to the scar. Massage in well and leave it on. Repeat 3-4 times every day.
- Open a caplet of Vitamin D that contains 1-2000 IU of Vitamin D in liquid form. Mix with of castor oil and apply directly to the scar. Massage in well and leave it on. Repeat 3-4 times every day.
- Crush 250 mg tablets of vitamin C and mix with a tablespoon of a oil, such as castor oil. Use a cotton ball to massage into the scar. Allow the mixture to stay on your skin for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry and repeat twice a day.
Combine treatments. The methods described here can be combined to some extent. You can mix the essential oils. For example, you can combine lavender and St John’s wort oil. However there are some things to avoid:
- Don’t mix powders with oils.
- Don’t combine any methods with the lemon juice. If you want to use lemon juice along with any other method, rinse off the lemon juice first, wait 2-3 hours and apply a second method.
Treating Acne Scars Medically
Consult with a dermatologist about treatment options.Your doctor will determine what type of acne scars you have. The severity of your acne will vary the type of treatment applied. Acne scars can be divided into several types:
- Hyperpigmentation (darker areas of the skin) is not scarring, but can benefit from the same treatments as acne scarring.
- “Ice Pick” scars are small, pitted scars.
- “Box Car” scars are distributed at an angle and look a lot like the scars left by chicken pox. They are shallower pits than the “ice pick” type of scar.
- “Rolling” scars represent deeper skin damage. They are wide and shallow and look like “waves” moving across the skin.
- Hypertrophic scars (keloids) are a type of scarring that occurs when the skin over-reacts during the healing process. They are raised and lumpy. These scars are most commonly the result of severe, cystic acne.
Discuss over-the-counter treatments with your dermatologist. Your dermatologist might even suggest an over-the-counter treatment before you ask about them. Over-the-counter treatments for mild acne usually contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acids.
Talk to your dermatologist about treatment options for mild acne scarring. Your dermatologist should give you several options, as there are a number of dermatological treatments for light acne scarring. Options include:
- Topical treatments: these include topical creams that usually containing retinoids or silicone. These are also very commonly used along with other treatments.
- Dermabrasion: removes the top layers of skin and is used for small scars. It is the most common treatment for acne scars.
Consider resurfacing to treat severe acne. Scarring that is severe will take more intensive treatment to heal. Resurfacing may be needed to treat severe acne scarring.
- Chemical peels can be used to remove the topmost layer of skin.
- Laser resurfacing and light therapies are high-energy light beams can be used to burn away damaged skin. Raised acne scars can be treated with a pulsed dye laser or an intense pulsed light.
- Cryotherapy freezes the scar tissue, which eventually falls off. There is a tendency for the skin to lighten up after cryotherapy.
Discuss subcutaneous treatments with your dermatologist. Sometimes your doctor will need to treat the acne scarring from beneath the skin. There are a variety of ways your dermatologist may go about this:
- Dermal filler injections can be used for the “ice pick” scars and others. Collagen is injected under the skin to “fill in” the pits.
- Punch grafts are small skin grafts. The dermatologist will punch a hole to remove the scar and then replace it with your own skin. Punch grafts are most commonly used to help treat deep acne scars.
- Subcutaneous incision, also called subcision. The dermatologist will use a surgical probe to pull apart the skin and scar tissue. This results in the scar flattening and is used for pitted acne scars.
- Autologous fat transfer. This procedure fills in any pits by transferring fat from one site in your skin to another and is most commonly used to treat deep, pitted scars.
- Injections. A steroid is injected directly into a raised scar. This makes the scar get softer and flatter.