9 Amazing And Effective Natural Scar Treatments
All too often, people’s natural beauty is hidden from the world under a mask of deep acne scars. There are a number of clinical peel and polish options to improve skin appearance, but those tend to be very expensive and in my experience, ineffective.
Scars are treatable in a variety of natural ways that are cheap, easy, and probably already available in your home! I’ve come up with a list of nine natural home remedies for acne scarring. Most are very effective, particularly if the scars are caught early.
1. Lemon Juice
Simply slice a lemon and rub it on the scar. Do this regularly for about one month to see amazing results!
Lemon is a natural exfoliating agent when applied to skin. It helps encourage peeling of the top layer and natural lightening of discoloration underneath. The vitamin C within lemon juice also improves skin elasticity, protecting against future damage. Drinking lemon juice is also suggested for improved skin health from the inside out.
2. Aloe Vera
Anyone who’s ever had a sunburn is already well aware of the wonderful healing effects aloe vera gel can have on skin. For treatment of new acne scars, apply the gel to the skin. The aloe will promote healing of the acne and prevent long-term scarring. Aloe will also help heal and erase older scars with regular use, but this treatment is especially useful for immediate relief and prevention of scars.
3. Olive Oil
Massage olive oil directly onto scarred skin in circular motions. Do this for 5-15 minutes per day. Olive oil is a good moisturizer to improve elasticity of scarred skin, and is often used in a similar way to erase stretch marks.
The olive oil will lubricate and polish the skin, while the massaging action helps break up scar tissue to flatten and lighten scars. When properly moisturized and stimulated, skin will revive its own natural elasticity and healing abilities.
4. Vitamin E
Like aloe, this treatment seems most effective for new scars. By massaging vitamin E onto the affected skin until it is absorbed, external scars are lightened while healing is promoted within and the formation of permanent scarring is inhibited.
Another household healer, honey can be used on open acne. Honey has great natural moisture and skin tightening effects. To try it out, simply rub honey on the skin every day until scars are erased. Rinse thoroughly after dry.
A natural occurring element in the skin, glycerin acts by drawing up fluid from lower layers of skin. Used properly, this effect can encourage circulation and promote healing near the surface of the skin. Raw glycerin, however, can easily dry skin out and cause blistering. I recommend a quality moisturizer with a higher glycerin content, available in the health and beauty section of most markets. Using twice a day will literally let your inner beauty shine through.
7. Yogurt and Lemon Juice
Try making a simple mask of yogurt and lemon juice but be careful not to get it in your eyes! Acne scars have often been treated with yogurt masks to lighten and tighten skin, but the addition of lemon juice and vitamin C will also promote long-term healing and elasticity.
8. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is known to be a very effective treatment for preventing and removing scars. Like olive oil, this is a long-known remedy for stretch marks, but is also quite effective against acne scarring. For best results, I recommend massaging cocoa butter into the skin for about 30 minutes a day. This treatment is very good for older and deeper scarring with daily use. Can be done up to 3-4 times daily.
9. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a mild abrasive, and acts as a natural buffer on skin. This is helpful in exfoliating outer layers of skin and stimulating the inner layers.
To use, simply mix baking soda and water to make a paste. Massage the paste onto the affected area for about a minute, then rinse. You’ll be impressed with the quick results!