Scars are an embarrassing reminder of acne.
Acne is a difficult and embarrassing fact of life for many people. Residual scarring, or pock marks, can remain even after the initial breakouts clear. One option to control the appearance of scars is microdermabrasion, a costly procedure that requires multiple sessions with an aesthetician. If money and time are issues, there are natural home remedies to alleviate the appearance of scarring. Does this Spark an idea?
Sandalwood and Rose Water
Sandalwood powder and rose water both have healing benefits for the skin. When combined to form a paste, it is a popular option for reducing the appearance of acne scars. Mix the sandalwood powder with a few drops of rosewater until it reaches a paste-like consistency. Apply as a face masque and wear overnight.
Lemon or Lime Juice
Lemon or lime juice is a preferred method if acne scarring is deep and dark. The citric acid of the fruit helps remove dead skin cells and promote new cell growth underneath. Juice can be applied with a cotton ball for ten to fifteen minutes then washed off, or for those with less sensitive skin the juice can be worn throughout the day.
Oatmeal Cream Face Masque
A gentle yet effective face masque option includes common kitchen items. Combine one tablespoon sour cream, one tablespoon oatmeal, one tablespoon yogurt and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply to the face for fifteen minutes then wash off with a cloth. These ingredients will help lessen the appearance of scars while allowing the skin to retain moisture.
Aloe vera is a common remedy for reducing scars anywhere on the body. Both aloe vera gel and juice can be purchased at health food stores. Your-Best-Acne-Treatment.com suggests that you “look for the concentration of the actual healing ingredient and whether or not it is diluted by inactive ingredients.” Simply apply aloe vera to the affected areas and dab off.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil can be found at local health food stores and is a common ingredient in skin care. This oil is an anti-aging agent that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration and scarring. Massage twice daily into the affected area.