As if acne itself wasn’t bad enough, if we don’t treat the pimples well, they can form scars that last even longer than the zits themselves. These spots aren’t exclusive to your face, and often show up on the back and chest for many people.
If your zits have been improperly treated and the scars have started to show up, you’ll have to go through some extra work to get rid of them. In this article, we break down the best ways of getting rid of acne scars at home, leaving your face and body smoother than a baby’s bottom afterwards.
1. Lemony fresh
Good old lemon juice: it is useful for just about everything. Applying an equal mix of water and lemon juice to acne scars can help lighten your scars through the natural bleaching components in the juice.
However, you’ll want to be careful not to leave the mixture on for too long. The citric acid in lemon juice can actually cause chemical burns if left on too long. Lemon juice will also dry out your skin quite a bit, so you’ll want to moisturize the affected area after to avoid irritation and dryness.
2. Baking soda
As a less time consuming option, you can instead try a common household item: baking soda. Baking soda works as an exfoliator for the skin, so it helps the scarred area to breathe more and get the repairing nutrients it needs.
Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with three teaspoons of water so it forms a paste. Rub this paste gently in circular motions on the scarred areas for about two minutes, then rinse off with warm water. Repeat this a few times a day for the best results.
3. Aloe Vera
Among the many other uses of Aloe Vera, it can also help to get rid of those acne scars. As a naturally soothing substance, it serves many purpose for skin relief.
You can either buy Aloe Vera gel from your local drug store, or better yet get some of the gel straight from an Aloe Vera plant. Apply the gel in either form to the scar area and rub it in lightly. Since it is a natural solution, there is no need to rinse it off after applying.
4. Nectar of the Gods
Unfortunately we’re not talking about any kind of beer; we’re talking honey here. Used by some poorer countries as a natural antibacterial medicine, it can work on clearing up your face of acne scars.
The more natural the honey the better for this, so take a small amount of the purest honey possible and lightly dab it on the scarred areas. This will help to reduce the inflammation and redness, as well as send those scars on their way home for good.
5. Ice, ice, baby
Like bruises you get on your body, acne scars are an inflamed and reddened part on the body. By applying ice or a cold pack, you can help to reduce the irritation and redness by a great amount.
Take a bag of ice and wrap it in a paper towel so it isn’t overly cold, then hold it up to the scarred area for several minutes, or until it becomes too uncomfortable. You can also use a cold pack instead, but you would probably want to wrap that up as well so it isn’t too cold against your skin.
If none of these natural solutions are doing it for you, there are some over-the-counter and prescription lotions you can get to help clear up those scars.
If the problem is lingering long enough and you’ve had to see a doctor about it, they might prescribe a type of lotion called cortisone. This cream works by healing the skin and reducing the amount of inflammation in the surrounding area. The amount and frequency you use it will be different depending on the lotion, so check the label to see how often you should be using it.
As an alternative, you can also try over-the-counter skin lightening creams. These work by lightening the affected areas and fading the dark colors from the scars. You will probably want to avoid skin lightening creams if you have darker skin, since they could leave blotches all over the applied areas.
6. Stay out of the sun
Besides giving you sunburns, getting too much direct sunlight can make your acne scars look even worse. If you’re going to be out in the sun, make sure to use sunscreen and wear a hat covering your face if possible.
On top of that, sunlight can actually make the active acne on your face worse. Getting too much sunlight can make your zits even redder, and have them shine brighter than you thought was possible. Pick up a sombrero and stay in the shade!
7. Exfoliate regularly
Believe it or not, humans go through about 1000 different layers of skin in a lifetime. In just under a month, the human body regrows the outer skin cells, leaving dead skin all over our body. Gross, right? What’s worse is that if we don’t clean it off, that dead skin stays on our body. Exfoliating the acne-scarred area regularly helps to get that dead skin off your face which might be the source of the scar tissue.
8. Keep those sticky fingers out of my head
As satisfying as a good scratching can be, this will usually only make the problem worse. Try to avoid picking and scratching at your zits as much as possible, since this can often cause the scars in the first place.
If you’re looking for a creative way to stop yourself from scratching, put some light gloves or even socks over your hands. You might look stupid, but it’s sure to stop you from scratching at those scars.
Acne affects many people in the earlier years of the life, and dealing with the aftermath of the acne often means getting rid of the scars. Put some of these suggestions to use, and bring your face back to the look that your momma intended.