One of the biggest challenges acne sufferers face is the appearance of spots or scars. It is challenging, embarrassing and tough to get rid of. The reason I say challenging and tough because acne or pimples disappear after a certain period of time, scars may remain behind either permanently or for a long period of time.
They are embarrassing because they effect the aesthetic side of your appearance. These blemishes are ugly you definitely want to get rid of them especially if they appear on visible parts like face, neck and forehead etc.
Although it is takes some effort and time to eliminate scars or spot left behind by pimples, it is not impossible. There are certain precautions and treatments that can be used to effectively get rid of them.
Do Not Expect Results Overnight
I mentioned earlier that scars can stay for a long period of time and it takes a good amount of time and effort to effectively treat them. Do not expect overnight results.
If you want a temporary quick solution you may use quality foundations to cover them beneath. This is a good strategy for temporarily hiding them such as may be for an occasion. For long term and permanent solution you must take your time and follow the solutions discussed here.
Do Not Pick or Squeeze Your Acne
This is the number 1 and the most important prevention measure. Most people pick or squeeze the pimple as soon as they see it. This is tempting and psychological. Tempting because it is itchy and you find it a bit soothing. It is psychological because you naturally want to get rid of the acne immediately.
It does not help though in any way. When you squeeze or pick pimples, they become even more inflammatory and itchy. And you don’t get rid of them; rather you make them worse.
Picking and squeezing cause very bad scars because of the damaged collagen. The deeper the damage to collagen, the deeper and uglier scars will result.
Apply Fresh Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera has wonderful healing properties. It can be used for several skin conditions including acne and scars. Best option is to obtain fresh gel from aloe plant leaf. Alternatively, you can buy the gel or cream in the store. You can also buy them online.
Apply the gel directly to the skin and leave it for 30 minutes and then wash with normal water. Repeat twice a day.
Try Cool Cucumber
Leave the cucumber pieces for 30 minutes.
You may also use cucumber juice readily available from the store or online.
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great remedy for both internal and external problems. It can be applied to the skin as well as taken orally for excellent health benefits. I wrote an article which explores sixty major health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Wash your face with lukewarm water and dry it gently with soft tissue or clean towel. Mix 1 part of apple cider vinegar with three parts of water. Dip a cotton ball and apply it to the acne areas. You will feel a bit of stinging sensation but that is short lived.
Repeat twice a day especially before going to bed.
It is important to note here that every type of ACV does not work. You will have to use only the organic apple cider vinegar with mother in it. The one sold in the supermarket is no good as it is highly processed and devoid of the beneficial bacteria.
In our experience, the raw, organic, unprocessed and unfiltered Bragg brand is the best one. I use it myself for great health benefits by mixing one table spoon in a glass of water and then drink it.
The Amazing Honey and Cinnamon Paste
The honey and cinnamon combination is an amazing mixture. There are tons of health benefits when used both internally and externally. There are more than 25 major health benefits enumerated here.
Honey is a powerful and natural anti-biotic while cinnamon has anti-microbial properties.
Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry. Make a mixture of two tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Make sure that they are mixed together very well to make a nice sticky mask. Apply the mask and leave it for 20 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water and pat dry with soft paper towels.
Let me mention here that there are two kinds of cinnamons. One is called fake and the other is called real or Ceylon cinnamon. You must use only the real or Ceylon cinnamon.
If you do not know how to differentiate between the two types, this post will guide you.
Although, any brand of pure honey is ok. However, the manuka honey is the best type of honey as it is highly effective against bacterial infection.
Baking Soda Paste
Mix some baking soda powder in water to make a paste.
Apply the paste only to one acne to test for any high inflammation or reaction. Once you have tested, take a Q-tip and apply the paste on each pimple individually. Leave the paste for around 15 minutes and then wash with lukewarm water and pat dry.
A little bit of stinging sensation is normal and will disappear after a few minutes.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil with anti-bacterial properties. According to a study conducted in 1990, it was found that the tea tree oil was effective but worked slowly and took longer than benzoyl peroxide.
Organic tea tree oil should only be applied first to a small area as it may cause allergic reaction to some people. Apply to the whole area only once tested on a small area.
Tea tree oil should not be taken orally as it may cause several serious complications.
Lemon juice is said to be effective against acne scars when used regularly.
Soak a clean cotton ball in fresh lemon juice and apply it to the scars. It is always better to use the freshly squeezed juice than the bottled one. You may also cut a lemon in to a half and rub it gently over the pimple’s scar. Within a few days, you will find good results.
Olive Oil and Skin
Using it externally on skin improves the skin and protects it from becoming dry. It also helps in removing the scars and make the skin smoother.
It is full of natural antioxidants and micro nutrients which help nourish the skin for a great look.
All olive oil is no good. Go for the extra virgin olive oil that is organic and cold pressed. Store your olive oil in dark places as the light affects its quality overtime.
Fenugreek Seeds or Leaves
Fenugreek is also called methi and has amazing health benefits right from indigestion in the stomach to removing scars naturally. Fenugreek seeds can also be used for treating intestinal gas or flatulence.
Fenugreek contains natural enzymes which helps digest the food in the stomach and reduce overall inflammation.
For external use blend some fenugreek leaves or seeds and apply the paste to the scars preferably overnight.
In case of seed you have to either boil them first or soak them for an hour to make them soft.
Eating 20 grams fenugreek a day before breakfast is said to regulate blood sugar, help digestion and reduce inflammation.
Rose Water and Sandal Wood
Rose water can kill the acne bacteria and sandal wood has cooling properties to reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin.
Mix some rose water with sandal wood glue and make a fine mixture. Apply the paste to the scars and leave it overnight.
Wash it with lukewarm water in the morning and dry pat it with a tissue paper or clean towel.
Potato, Milk and Coconut Oil
Potato is rich in phosphorous, sulphur, potassium and vitamin C. Most people like to slice it and then put the slice over the face or other affected area.
A more effective method is to make a paste of potato, milk and coconut oil.
Boil a potato and then mash it with the skin. Mix the mashed potato into equal amount of milk and coconut oil to make a sticky paste. Apply the paste to the treatment area and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it with lukewarm water and then dry pat.
This remedy is also great for dark circles under the eye. For extra shine, add a little amount of extra virgin olive oil.
Acne scars can also be treated with over the counter or prescription creams and solutions. According to WebMD these creams contain corticosteroids, hydroxyl acids and salicylic acids which help to reduce inflammation and itching.
These creams are not natural and some of the ingredients may be very harsh on the skin. We do not advocate the use of creams which contain any harsh chemicals. Instead we recommend using safe, natural, herbal or homeopathic solutions.
Homeopathic Cream or Solution for the Treatment of Acne Scars
Apart from being effective, homeopaths advocate that the system is based on natural methods without any side effects. Unlike conventional medication, homeopathic medication does not have any negative side effects. Although, conventional medical experts do not agree with the argument that homeopathy is harmless, people are attracted towards its principle of being natural and pure.
H-scars formula is a homeopathic formula which contains all natural ingredients for safe and effective removal for all types of scars. It can treat hypertrophic, keloids, facial and acne scars.
H-scars formula uses only established homeopathic ingredients which is specifically formulated to remove scars, restore and repair skin. It is also FDA registered manufactured under GMP (good manufacturing practices) facility in the USA. For more information on H-scars formula click here.
It comes with 90 days of money back guarantee. If you use H-Acne and it does not produce the expected results, you simply return it to the manufacturer for a money back guarantee refund.
There are so many options. Which options should you use? It all depends on your personal choice, preference and access to a particular remedy. Some people would like to collect the ingredients and make their own remedy while others would like to get ready made natural solutions like H-acne formula. Yet, other would only trust to get a prescription from their doctor.
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