If you’ve recently recovered from acne blemishes you might find that you are left with some particularly deep acne scars. You will be pleased to know that you can remove these scars from the comfort of your own home easily and naturally!
Similar to natural acne treatments, natural acne scar treatments also exist and are relatively easy to do with basic ingredients in your kitchen right now!
Some natural remedies may take a little longer to remove deep scars but are potentially safer and a lot more cost effective than modern pharmaceutical options.
It goes without saying that if you are allergic to any of the following ingredients you should move on to another alternative.
How to Get Rid of Deep Acne Scars Naturally
1. Lemon Juice
Mix lemon juice 10ml (0.35Oz), honey, and almond oil. Add a little almond milk to come up with a smooth paste. Apply it on scars and allow it dry for about 10 minutes before you wash it out.
You can directly apply lemon juice to your scars, using a piece of cotton cloth. Try to avoid sunlight while applying lemon juice to your skin.
The citric acid in the lemon juice helps kill bacteria and break down sebum on the surface of the skin which helps to prevent further breakouts in addition to fading scars.
In addition to acne prevention, the citric acid bleaches acne scars and acts as an astringent which helps the skin contract making scars look smaller.
The end result is that you have softer and suppler skin with the benefit of collagen production.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda tops many lists on scar and stretch mark removal. For good reason too, because it’s effectiveness for removing scars and blemishes left after acne. Before you try this scar treatment we recommend that you do a skin patch test to see if there is an adverse reaction.
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda in enough water to make a coarse paste. This may take a little bit of trial and error to get the consistency right.
Massage it gently into the areas with scars for a couple of minutes. Leave the baking soda paste on for approximately 5 minutes and then wash it off with warm water and a good cleanser.
Repeat this remedy 2-3 times a week for a couple of months to see the results.
The coarseness of the baking soda granules gently exfoliates and removes the damaged top layers of skin without any further inflammation.
Additionally, as baking soda is an alkalizing agent it will provide a smoothing effect on your skin.
3. Drinking Water
Drinking plenty of water is an effective method to remove acne scars and prevent breakouts. This can easily be implemented by anyone serious about taking care of their skin and wanting a clear complexion.
By focusing on drinking around eight glasses of water (2 liters) daily you can effectively help your body get rid of scarring and acne too. It’s important to know that you shouldn’t overdo this as it can become highly inconvenient to urinate constantly!
Although drinking water doesn’t directly help with getting rid of acne scarring it does keep your body hydrated.
Because water is the medium in which all the necessary chemical reactions take place to keep our bodies alive staying well hydrated will keep all these reactions running efficiently.
This, in turn, leads to water acting as an excellent vehicle to transport nutrients to affected areas and then shuttle away toxins from those areas too.
Topically applying tomatoes to your skin can be excellent for both treating acne and the scarring that may be left behind after that same acne.
Personally, I prefer to use cherry tomatoes and slice them in half which makes this whole treatment that much more economical! After slicing them in half simply rub in a circular motion over the affected scarred areas and let the juice dry for 5-10 minutes. Proceed to then was the affected areas with warm water and a good facial cleanser.
Again our personal preference is to do this before showering as the remnants of the tomatoes juice smell aren’t pleasant if you have missed a spot when washing your face!
The red pigment in tomatoes contains lycopene which has been shown to reduce hyperpigmentation in scar tissue in a study completed in Detroit, Michigan. Although this study was focused on surgical scars on abdominal operations the same laws of chemistry and biology apply.
Namely, Lycopene acts as an antioxidant which inhibits other oxidative compounds on the surface of the skin which can cause hyperpigmentation and scarring.
5. Egg Whites
People on the internet everywhere swear by applying egg whites to scars whilst simultaneously there is also a vocal group arguing that it doesn’t work.
My close friends and I have tried this and it has indeed worked for us. I imagine there may be some person to person difference in results so give it a try!
Crack a large egg and separate the yolk from the white. Proceed to whisk up the whites of the egg to stiff peaks and apply to the affected scared areas. Make sure you do this 2-3 times a week for a few months to see results.
It goes without saying that if you have egg allergies then stay away from this method.
Egg whites contain lots of proteins. One of the proteins that specifically help with is an enzyme known as Lysozyme which is potent at preventing oxidation and the browning of skin (scar tissue).
Additionally, you will also feel that your skin maybe tighter and firmer which is a result of the reaction between Albumin (another protein in egg whites) and the salts on your skin.
6. Balanced Diet
Last on the list is having a well-balanced diet. There is a whole host of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that help in scar healing such as vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin A and antioxidants to name a few. Although that’s not an exhaustive list, having a balanced diet with colorful fruits, vegetables and lean protein cover all the bases when using food as medicine!
Fruits and vegetables have plenty of antioxidants, which have powerful healing properties. Parts of the body (which includes the skin) that need healing can benefit tremendously from the regular intake of antioxidants; found most often in brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
A balanced diet provides the essential oils; proteins and vitamins that help your skin heal quickly but also makes you feel good. The end result is healthy glowing skin that heals from scar damage quickly.
This is not to say you can’t eat the occasional burger or pizza. Everything in moderation!
What doesn’t work for getting rid of scars?
We endeavour to take the most scientifically appropriate methods in helping you remove scars. Rather controversially, there are methods on the internet with excellent marketing that have no scientific evidence of working to remove scars.
Although anecdotal evidence from people using methods like Vitamin E oil claim otherwise, we should consider that massaging, exfoliating and keeping out of direct sunlight will fade scars naturally over time even if there was no intervention by the person with the scar in the first place.
When we were researching this article we found no conclusive scientific evidence for the use of:
- Vitamin E oil
- Aloe Vera
- Cocoa Butter
- Sandal Wood
- Rosehip Oil
If and when further scientific evidence does come out proving otherwise we are happy to look at these natural treatments again.
One of the key things when trying new natural remedies is staying consistent with the process and giving it time to work. Make sure you try one at a time and not opt for trying all these methods at once! If you feel you have had an adverse reaction make sure you stop immediately and see a dermatologist.
In the meantime enjoy your life because life is short and you’re beautiful as you are!
Let us know which treatments worked best for you in the comments.