So, you got rid of the painful acne that plagued you physically as much as it did with regards to your self-confidence. Good for you! But alas, the battle isn’t over. War wounds remain, and these acne scars look a lot like they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. But how to get rid of acne scars?
To get rid of acne scars, you can do a lot of unnatural things, but nothing is cheaper and easier than natural remedies to which you have immediate access. These natural remedies to get rid of acne scars will restore your complexion and your faith in Mother Nature. All you need is a pantry and patience.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars with Natural Remedies
1. Baking soda
Exfoliation is key in scrubbing away dead skin cells and accompanying bacteria to allow newer, clearer skin to form. Baking soda’s texture makes for a fine exfoliator. Baking soda also boasts antibacterial properties, which keeps the skin clean and unattractive for new acne spurts.
Simply combine 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water, mixing to form a paste. Apply the paste to the skin, focusing on scar areas. Let the paste sit there for a few minutes before rubbing lightly and then rinsing with warm water. Repeat this twice a day to see quick results.
Besides incorporating tomatoes into your diet as part of a balanced dietary regimen (which is also the backbone to beautiful skin), topical use of tomatoes can also help to banish acne scars. Tomato induces an anti-inflammatory response, which reduces the irritation and puffy, red appearance of acne scars. Meanwhile, tomatoes are packed with antioxidants that reverse the sign of aging and keep the skin taut and clear.
Slice a tomato in half. Hold the outer edge of one half of the tomato and rub the cut side against your facial skin in circular motion. This will decrease the visibility of scars as well a improve skin elasticity.
Lemon juice, along with other citrus fruits, is a natural bleach, which can reduce the appearance of acne scars. The antioxidants inherent in lemon juice also tighten the skin.
Dilute the juice of ½ lemon in 1-2 tablespoons of water. Stir and then dip a cotton ball into the mixture. Dab the wet cotton ball across your face, focusing on scars. Let the liquid stay on your face for about 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
4. Ice Cubes
For a quick fix, tighten skin and reduce inflammation with the coolness offered by ice cubes. This will immediately make your scars less obvious.
5. Olive Oil
Moisturizing is the key to beautiful skin. If you suffer from acne, you may fear applying oil directly to the skin, in fear of clogging pores and inciting yet another acne outbreak. However, if you are keeping your skin clean and free of bacteria, oils can actually save the day. Be sure to clean skin with an astringent, such as lemon juice or tomato juice before rinsing, drying, and then applying a light coating of olive oi.
Olive oil is an emollient and has been shown to lower the risk of dermatitis. In its raw, cold-pressed, unpasteurized state, olive oil is packed with nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants that protect the skin. It is incredibly moisturizing and can even protect against UVB damage. Dry, lifeless skin will only age your scars and make them look worse over time. Smooth, supple skin can turn the clock backwards. Apply a light – and by light, I mean light – layer of olive oil to your facial skin after cleansing, toning, and drying before sleep. The olive oil will set into your skin and help heal your scars overnight. In the morning, resort to a moisturizer that appears less greasy to the outside world.
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