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How to get rid of acne scars naturally

Acne scars are quite common these days and can really leave a mark on your self-esteem. Thankfully, you can always get rid of them with the help of some home remedies and natural remedies. Here are a few effective ways that can help get rid of acne scars.
  • Acne scars are of different types and can lead to hampered self confidence
  • Acne scars can be treated with the help of some proven home remedies

1 Mar 2022

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Introduction

Acne scars are difficult to get rid of , and no single treatment is suitable for everyone. It may take one or a combination of approaches to improve the appearance of your skin, depending on the type of scar, your individual skin type and the severity of the scarring.  Acne scars are usually an aftermath of blemishes caused by skin pores filled with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore swells, causing a break in the follicle wall. Lesions that are minor and heal quickly, but if there is a deep break in the wall of the pore, infected material can spill out into surrounding tissue, creating deeper lesions. The skin attempts to repair these lesions by forming new collagen fibers. These repairs usually aren't as smooth and flawless as the original skin. Now a question arises, why treat acne scarring ? there are multiple physical, emotional and social reasons for treating acne scars which include Improved appearance, better self-esteem, and promotion of better skin health

Types of acne scars

Atrophic scars- Atrophic scars are flat, shallow and heal below the top layer of skin. These scars are commonly caused by severe cystic acne. However, other types of acne can cause them as well. How atrophic acne look vary depending on a person’s acne history. There are three types of atrophic scars:

Boxcar scars - Boxcar scars are usually box-like in appearance with defined edges. Boxcar scars can be caused by widespread acne, chickenpox, or a virus causing a red, itchy rash with blisters. Boxcar scars often form on areas like the lower cheeks and jaw, where the skin is relatively thick.

Ice pick scars - Ice pick scars are smaller and narrow depression that point down into the skin’s surface. These scars appear commonly on the cheeks. Ice pick scars tend to be extremely tough to treat, and need persistent, and aggressive treatment.

Rolling scars-  Rolling scars have various depth sizes and have edges that make skin appear uneven, texture wise.

Hypertrophic and keloid scars- Hypertrophic and keloid scars are lumps of scar tissue that are raised, and are on the area where the acne once was. This occurs when scar tissue builds up, over a previously healed acne spot. Hypertrophic scars are the same size as the acne that resulted them, whereas Keloid scars create a scar larger than the acne that caused them and grow bigger than the original spot. Hypertrophic and keloid scars are more common along the jawline, chest, back, and shoulders. 

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation- Once acne heals, it commonly leaves behind a discolored patch of skin. This is not a scar, and tends to resolve on its own with a good sunscreen. Hyperpigmentation occurs when skin is damaged by acne, or by picking your own acne.

Deep dive into acne scars

Let’s dive deep into talking about natural remedies to get rid of acne scars in detail. Each ingredient will take a detailed scientific approach to explain how they help resolve for acne scars. The process of applying organic acids to the problem area is often referred to as “chemical peeling.” The acids present in these remove the damaged, outer layers of the skin and promote cell and collagen regeneration. 

  1. Turmeric for acne scars- Turmeric, has something known as curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant component, and can to reduce acne scars. It also responsible for maintenance of a healthy and nourished skin. When used alongside honey, it can completely remove dead cells on the face.
  2. Lemon for acne scars- studies have shown that  lemon contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Another study found that topical application of lemon oil helps reduce inflammation and damage on the skin. Lemon juice is also a great antimicrobial, helping kill bacteria on the problem area
  3. Aloe vera for acne scars- Aloe Vera has gifted superpower to heal as it has antioxidants that soothe the skin, getting rid of both- acne and acne scars. Adding aloe to your skincare regime can have many positive effects on the condition of your skin, leaving it glowing from within.
  4. Orange peel powder for acne scars- Orange peel powder is considered to be a good natural cleanser. It is full of qualities of vitamin C, and boosts collagen production. It also helps skin prevent discolouration. It works best for people with oilier skin.
  5. Honey for acne scars- Honey has multiple benefits for your health as well as your skin. It helps with regeneration of tissues, hence curing acne scarring and keeping your skin supple healthy. When used in its raw form, it has great medicinal properties.
  6. Apple cider vinegar for acne scars-  Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the greatest ingredients used to get rid of acne scars. It acts as a natural astringent and helps in stimulation of blood flow, which thereby aids in cells regeneration gives the user a clearer skin.
  7. Coconut oil for acne scars- Coconut is an ultimate elixir and can cure almost anything. Enriched with Omega fatty acids, it aids in moisturising the skin from within by deeply penetrating into your skin. Along with clearing out acne scars, it also restore the overall glow of your face
  8. Tea tree oil for acne scars- It is commonly accepted that tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help prevent acne lesions, while also reducing swelling associated with inflammatory acne. Generally speaking, tea tree oil is said to minimize the appearance of raised (hypertrophic) scars. Using tea tree oil to help manage active acne breakouts and reduces the risk of scarring.

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