If you have struggled or continue to struggle with acne, it may show in the form of scars. Despite “growing out” of acne, many people bear the scars of their adolescent battle. These acne scars can cause embarrassment, much as any facial scar would. Fortunately, in addition to there being numerous home remedies for acne, there are some natural scar-healing options that can reduce the appearance of acne scars, stretch marks, and other scars.
- 1. Lemon juice is one option that works to eliminate the discoloration of acne scars. Often these scars will appear darker than the surrounding skin. Lemon juice has natural lightening properties that can work to minimize these differences. Simply use lemon juice as a toner, applied directly to the scars using a cotton ball or Q-tip.
- 2. Aloe vera is another natural option that works to heal skin. Not only can aloe vera reduce the appearance of scars with continued use, it can increase skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles, according to a study from the Seoul National University Boramae Hospital in Seoul, Korea. You don’t need much, only about one teaspoon applied to the skin daily to see noticeable results.
- 3. Olive oil contains vitamins A, K, and D, which are all good for improving skin tone and encouraging healing. Also, it contains antioxidants that can aid in repairing scars caused by acne. Be aware, however, if you still suffer from existing acne, olive oil could trigger breakouts and is best left for non-oily skin.
- 4. Cucumber juice is another natural astringent, according to NaturalNews. This means it can help you remove dirt and oils from the surface of the skin and prevent breakouts. And because it also has anti-inflammatory properties, it may reduce redness associated with acne scars and acne in general.
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Depending on the severity of your scars, they may not disappear entirely (and to be quite honest, probably won’t fully disappear). But, eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated will encourage the body’s natural healing process that could facilitate further fading. That, paired with the natural solutions above, could reduce the appearance of your acne scars and help you feel good about your complexion.
For more potential solutions check out our post outlining 7 home remedies for stretch marks – these tips are also beneficial for reducing the appearance of acne scars.