Acne affects millions of people all over the world. In most instances, the condition will leave you with scars all over your face. This can make you quite self-conscious or it may result in you developing a low self-esteem. The scars might disappear naturally over time but if you want a quick remedy, there are various solutions that you can try out.
Baking soda helps to reduce skin inflammation. It encourages the shedding off of dead skin cells, revealing new skin cells that will leave your skin looking clear and glowing. To use baking soda, mix two teaspoons of water with two teaspoons of baking soda to form a thick paste. Massage this paste onto your face using gentle circular motions. Leave the paste on your face for three minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. This will result in a smooth face. Do not leave the paste on your face for too long.
Lemon juice has antibacterial properties that get rid of the bacteria that cause acne. It also has ascorbic acid, which will tackle the inflammation on your face. Its bleaching properties will help to lighten acne spots. To use lemon juice, squeeze two to three tablespoons of lemon juice into a bowl.
Soak cotton balls in the juice and then rub the juice on the scars. Leave to dry for half an hour and then wash your face. If you notice skin irritation when using this method, discontinue use and try out another remedy. Consistently doing this for two to three weeks will produce visible results.
The white of an egg is rich in amino acids and protein, which will fasten the healing process of your skin. This reduces scarring on your face, while preventing new breakouts. To use the egg white, break one egg and separate the yolk from the egg white. Whip up the egg white until it is fluffy and then apply it all over your face using the tips of your fingers. Let it dry then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this procedure two to three times a week.
Coconut oil and coconut water
Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer. It also has healing properties, which makes it ideal for dealing with acne scars. To use, scoop out a bit of coconut oil and massage it all over your face or on the affected areas only. Do this on a regular basis. You do not have to wash off the oil since the longer it stays on your skin, the more it will enrich it with essential vitamins and oils. However, if you are uncomfortable having an oily substance all over your face, you can rinse your face after half an hour.
Using coconut water helps to speed up the healing of scars. The coconut water can be used in two main ways. You can either drink it or you can dab a piece of cotton cloth in coconut water, then rub it on the scars.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins, iron and antioxidants. These help in dealing with the inflammation on your skin and in the cleansing of dirt from your face. It is also a good moisturizer. To use, apply olive oil all over your face then steam your face using a bowl of hot water, while covering your head with a thick towel or blanket.
This will help to open up the pores on your face. Wipe away the oil and water on your face using cotton fabric soaked in warm water and then wash your face with cold water. Apply a thin layer of olive oil on your face before going to bed.
Drink lots of water on a daily basis to flush out toxins and bacteria from your body. Water also helps to keep your skin moisturized. This will reduce acne breakouts and acne scars on your face.
Potato is rich in vitamins, which helps to promote the healing of your skin. To get potato juice, get a raw potato, grate it and squeeze out the juice. Apply this juice on the affected area and leave it on your face for 15 minutes. Rinse off the juice using warm water. Do this on a daily basis. Alternatively, slice up a raw potato and place the slices on the acne scars.
Exfoliating your skin on a regular basis helps to get rid of dead and dry skin cells and exposes new, healthier skin. This will speed up the fading process of acne scars as in most cases, it is only the top layer of the skin that is affected.
You can exfoliate one to three times a week, depending on how dry your skin is. Use a facial scrub to exfoliate. You can make your own homemade facial scrub or you can buy one from a beauty store. You can also use a soft piece of cloth to exfoliate your skin by rubbing it all over your face, after wetting it with warm water.
Microdermabrasion is a non-chemical procedure that involves the peeling away of the outer layer of your skin in order to expose the underlying healthier looking skin. This will greatly help to reduce scarring. If your acne scars are deep, dermabrasion will be more effective.
Before undergoing this procedure, it is essential that you talk with a dermatologist first as they can help you to evaluate if it is rely necessary for you to undergo this procedure or if there are other options that you can explore first. Microdermabrasion is a safe procedure. Find a qualified doctor to do it for you.
Use topical creams that are meant to help acne scars fade fast. These creams are sold over the counter. Consult a medical professional, so as to know the right cream to use. The creams usually help in reducing inflammation and promoting healing. Other creams work by lightening the acne scars. Use creams which have safe skin lightening ingredients that will not harm your skin.
WHAT TO AVOID
Stay away from the sun
The sun will darken your scars, making them more prominent. It will also slow down the healing process of the skin. When going out, use sunscreen or protect your face using a wide brimmed hat or an umbrella.
Caffeine dehydrates your body, leaving you susceptible to acne scars. It also makes it difficult for scars to heal once you get them.
Avoid touching the spots
Constantly touching your face throughout the day will introduce bacteria on the affected areas, making it difficult to get rid of the scars. Cleanse your face on a regular basis, to avoid dirt and bacteria build up and then avoid touching your face with dirty hands. This will encourage faster healing of the scars.