If money is tight and you can’t afford a doctor or expensive acne scar treatments, there are several reliable home remedies that thousands of people swear by. Before you spend your hard-earned cash, try one of these best home remedies for lightening and removing your acne scars.
Rub Ice Cubes on Affected Area
One of the best acne scar treatments is also the easiest: rub ice cubes on the affected areas of your face to tighten pores, soothe skin, and reduce the appearance of your scars. Ice is well-known in the medical community for reducing inflammation and hastening the healing of torn ligaments, but it also works on newly formed papules.
The key is to rub the ice cubes three to four times a day, for a minimum of fifteen minutes. If you have trouble forcing yourself to do this regularly, try doing it while you’re watching TV or some other activity that will draw your attention away and make the time go faster. You should begin to notice a difference in approximately two weeks!
Lemon juice is well known for naturally reducing scars from acne, killing bacteria, and lightening skin tone. Apply the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon directly to the affected area with a cotton ball and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
It seems counter-intuitive, but olive oil is great for getting rid of pimples. As a natural oil, it won’t clog pours and instead will exfoliate dead skin cells and leave soft skin behind. Apply one tablespoon of olive oil and massage with fingertips for 5 minutes. Allow to dry for 10 minutes before rinsing with cool water.
Tomato Face Mask
Not just great for salads, tomatoes are rich in Vitamin A, which hinders production of acne-causing sebum and helps in the process of skin regeneration. Make a paste from a tomato and apply to your face for 10 to 15 minutes. It will not only reduce production of sebum and help grow new skin, it will also tighten pores and give your skin an even tone and texture.
Baking Soda Facial
Many people swear by a baking soda face mask to reduce scarring. Mix fresh baking soda and water into a spreadable paste and apply as a facial mask. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water. It will not only help clear your skin, but speeds up healing and reduces the appearance of acne scars.
Water, Water , and More Water
It cannot be overstated how important water is for reducing and eliminating all types of skin problems. Since water is the most important ingredient for the health of our skin, it’s very important to drink at least 80 ounces of water each day. Make sure that it’s pure, filtered water free of chemicals, additives and other impurities.
Although all of these treatments have proven to be extremely effective, none will make any difference if your diet includes foods that encourage acne (it’s like bailing water out of a ship before fixing the leak!) You can double the effectiveness of any home remedy by making a commitment to eat natural foods high in Vitamin C, zinc and silica.
In addition to drinking plenty of water, you should include the following in your daily routine:
- Consume a glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice first thing in the morning, and don’t eat anything for at least a half hour afterwards.
- Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants which eliminate toxins from the body. They are also high in silica, which is excellent for restoring healthy skin. Try to eat high fruits and veggies high in Vitamin C, which helps skin heal faster (oranges, peppers, mangoes).
- Eat foods high in zinc (meat, seafood, potatoes, pumpkin seeds) or take zinc supplements. Zinc is well-known for its ability to help heal and regenerate skin.
- Drink herbal teas known for promoting skin health (chamomile, cumin, fennel and coriander).
- Avoid fatty and greasy foods, which not only cause skin to break out, but also slow down your skin’s healing process.
In addition to helping reduce acne scars, these home remedies will give you more energy and have you feeling like an entirely new person. It may seem difficult at first, but if you give it a few days you’ll not only be amazed at how much better you feel, you’ll finally be able to say goodbye to skin problems and acne scars!