Acne is the most common skin concern, leaving many people stuck with acne scars. While often seen as a negative, these scars are actually a result of the skin attempting to heal itself following a breakout. To heal skin, collagen is sent to the surface. If too little collagen is produced, a concave scar will form; if too much collagen is produced, a raised scar will form. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimize or erase the appearance of acne scars, beginning with these five natural at-home remedies.
A natural moisturizer and antibacterial, honey is used for general medicinal purposes and is often a featured ingredient in natural skin care treatments. Studies suggest honey could also speed up wound healing and prevent scarring. Apply honey directly to an acne breakout or scar and leave it on overnight, or apply a homemade honey mask with two tablespoons of honey and two to three crushed aspirin tablets to help prevent scarring, minimize the appearance of existing acne scars, and clear acne-causing bacteria.
2. Olive Oil
Another key ingredient in anti-aging skin care, olive oil features a slew of vitamins essential to healthy, glowing skin, including vitamins A, E, and C. For best results, use nightly by gently massaging olive oil directly onto acne scars.
3. Rosehip Seed Oil
A natural anti-aging superstar, rosehip seed oil is believed to be one of the most effective home remedies for reducing acne scars and treating pigmentation. Known for diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and boosting skin regeneration, rosehip seed oil should be applied twice per day, massaged directly onto acne scars.
Another home remedy with medicinal uses, aloe is a natural skin soother, perfect for fighting acne-related inflammation while speeding up the skin’s natural wound-healing cycle. For best results, use a freshly cut Aloe Vera plant leaf and apply the gel-like liquid from the cut surface directly onto the scar. Apply twice per day. As an added bonus, this home remedy can also help to improve skin laxity.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
A gentle skin resurfacing agent, apple cider vinegar helps to remove dead skin cells, which works to gently and gradually reduce the appearance of acne scars. Its antibacterial benefits are effective in preventing future acne breakouts as well. To try this home remedy at home, mix one part apple cider vinegar, one part water, and a touch of honey (optional) and apply the mixture to acne scars once daily, letting it sit for up to a half-hour before rinsing.