Best Treatments for Acne Scars
We’re doing our best to treat sun damage and the aspects of aging concerning our skin. However, acne scars are a different ball game. If you’ve suffered with acne, you know how difficult it is to sort through thousands of products to find the ones that will work for you. Our medicine cabinets are filled with creams and medications for skin, and many of them remain unused. Of course, medications almost always come with side effects. If you’re looking for a safe alternative to erasing scars, try some of these common solutions. Here are some methods for treating acne scars that you may not already know. Get ready to say ‘goodbye’ to your scars and raise your personal bar for immaculate skin!
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera (gel) is a strong source of vitamins that can help heal skin and fade scars. It’s gentler than most products, so you shouldn’t have to worry about further damage or irritation. Aloe is also a great moisturizer, which will leave your skin feeling softer and looking healthier.
Aloe vera gel can be found almost anywhere nowadays but fresh, organic aloe is best. These plants are also easy to find and require nearly no maintenance to grow (for those of you that didn’t inherit Grandma’s green thumb). Just break off a small piece of aloe leaf, peel away the outer layer, and gently massage onto skin. For best results, let the gel soak in for half an hour before washing up.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda has hundreds of uses, including the ability to heal scars! It’s sodium bicarbonate crystals gently exfoliate skin when used as a cleansing scrub. Mix baking soda with enough water to form a thick paste before massaging into skin where scars exist. Leave the mixture on for a minute or two. This will cleanse pores and help prevent further blemishes. Rinse with lukewarm water and apply a good, natural moisturizer such as coconut, jojoba, or olive oil.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is a top pick when it comes to natural moisturizers with healing properties. Scoop a 1/4 teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil into your hand and let it melt as it rises to body temperature. Massage oil directly onto scarred skin and let it set in. There’s no need to rinse, since the vitamins and essential fatty acids will continue to work and improve skin health. If you wish to wash up, just apply the oil for at least thirty minutes before removing with a gentle cleanser.
Have you ever wondered why people put cucumbers on their eyes? This vegetable isn’t only hydrating, but contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium, which are all great for skin. To treat acne scars, grab an organic cucumber from your local market, cut a few slices, and place them on scarred skin. After half an hour, remove the slices and rinse your face with cool water. Repeat this action daily for best results.
Another moisturizer that also heals scars is honey. It’s best to use raw honey, rather than your typical edible honey from the store. Try your local farmer’s market for the best products. Once you find it, massage a small amount over your scars and let the honey do its miraculous job. Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon for every two tbsp of honey can also help to cleanse pores in the process. Use this treatment as often and as long as you’d like.
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