Usually, the most effective scar treatments involve harsh chemical, lasers etc to see results. However, its not always necessary to resort to these harsh methods when there are so many natural acne scar treatments available! As you have probably seen in our Home treatment of Acne Scars Article, there are many different ways to help reduce and or remove acne scars. Today, we will be exploring natural methods that are much more gentle on the skin. These methods would be perfect for those with sensitive skin, pregnant women, or simply those that choose to avoid harsh chemicals whenever possible.
As discussed in our other articles, there are a few main methods of removing scars naturally. The first is by using an acid to slough off the top layer of skin, revealing the fresh, new skin underneath. This helps promote the healing of the scars, as well as eliminating the darkest layers of the scar. Another method involves keeping the scar moisturized and providing healing ingredients directly to the problem area. There are a few natural ingredients that deliver great results when it comes to naturally fading acne scars.
The first, and most effective natural treatment is Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV is a strong acid that works similarly to glycolic or lactic acid. An added benefit of ACV is that it also delivers minerals, vitamins, and enzymes that help the skin repair itself naturally. Apple cider vinegar should NEVER be used at full strength on the skin, as it will cause skin burns. To use ACV, you can use it in a face mask (such as mixing it with a powedered masque like Aztec Healing Clay) or by making a toner out of it. A wonderfully effective use of ACV is to create a homemade toner of 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water or green tea. This is an incredibly simple recipe, that delivers amazing results. I remember the first time I tried this toner over night, I was absolutely amazed at the results, and couldn’t wait to use it again! The only downside is that ACV smells terrible, and lasts an hour or so.
The next best option is great for those with sensitive, or acne prone skin- Honey! Yep, pure honey. To be honest, I haven’t done much research on to how honey can help reduce acne scars, but I can say for certain that it works. While dealing with a particularly bad few weeks of acne breakouts, I decided to try using an acne mask religiously for a week. During the week, I applied raw, organic, natural honey onto my face, and let it sit there for 30 minutes to an hour. The results were some of the best I’ve ever encountered.
During the test period of my honey face mask, I never had a single new breakout form. Not one. This was unheard of for me at the time, considering I always had at least one (usually 2 or 3) new breakouts pop up everyday. So to go an entire week without one was astonishing. Adding to this, my face appeared much more even toned, and the acne scars that I did have, seems to slowly disappear. My skin also had developed a new, baby soft texture, which I was quite fond of.
Unfortunately, I was only able to keep up this routine for about two weeks until I threw in the towel. Don’t get me wrong, the results were great, and were consistent, but I couldn’t deal with the inconvenience. Let me get into that a bit… If you haven’t done a pure honey face mask, just try it. Its really a pain- No matter how thin a layer you use, it tends to drip down your neck, on your chest, desk, etc. It gets everywhere. Your hair gets sticky, it gets in your ears, earrings, etc. It’s a mess, and I never really found a solution. I did try using seran wrap to wrap up my face, but that was equally as inconvenient. All in all, it was great if you had the time, patience, and dedication.
Finally, I would recommend giving coconut oil a shot. I heard about using coconut oil as a scar treatment when I received an example of a very, very expensive scar treatment. Upon looking at the ingredients, I saw that the first ingredient was coconut oil! I have used this method on my face, and unfortunately broke out form it. I have heard many reviews of people swearing by this stuff. As with anything, some people will break out, and some will not. Nevertheless, coconut has wonderful healing and antibacterial properties which make it a great natural acne treatment.
From what I understand, the fatty acid chains in coconut oil help repair damage to the skin. Along with this, the coconut oil works as a fantastic lotion to ensure that the skin is moisturized, and has the ingredients and environment to heal itself naturally J