Our skin is a reflection of our overall health, which is why glowing, beautiful skin often results from proper care, hydration and eating a nutrient-dense diet.
Acne usually appears in different areas of the body and for different reasons. Although this problem does not cause any damage to health. Scars caused by acne can cause holes in the skin or dark brown spots. Acne stains can be removed with cosmetics and home remedies. The holes, however, are much more complicated to eliminate.
Acne stains are caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation that ends up being aggravated by exploding the shins and exposing us to the sun.
We all have suffered or suffer from acne at some point in our life. Home remedies for acne include gentle herbal creams and gels, essential oils, natural supplements, and some simple lifestyle changes. Here are ten remedies that you can prepare right now at home that can help eliminate your dark spots and acne scars fast.
Signs & Symptoms of Acne
Acne symptoms will depend on the specific type of acne someone has and the underlying cause of the skin irritation/inflammation. The most common symptoms that acne causes include: (4)
- Blackheads, or small black dots on the skin, usually around the nose, forehead or chin. These are also called “comedones” and result from debris getting trapped inside of a follicle.
- Whiteheads, which can form when pus builds under the skin and forms a “head”. These result from follicles getting plugged with sebum and dead skin cells.
- Papules and pustules (the technical name for pimples) which cause small or medium-sized bumps on the skin that are round, red and don’t always have a visible “head”. These are caused by “moderate” types of acne and are not as severe as cysts or nodules. (5)
- Cysts or nodules, which are severe pimples that are infected and painful. They can form within deeper layers of the skin, become very swollen or tender, and take longer to heal then papules and pustules.
- Dark spots on the skin (hyperpigmentation).
- Scars, most often left behind from nodules or cysts, especially if they have been “popped” or picked.
- Increased sensitivity to products, heat, sweat and sunlight.
- Decreased self esteem, self consciousness, anxiety and depression.
Natural Treatments for Acne Stains
Some of the most popular home remedies for acne involve the use of natural herbal extracts, many of which traditional medicine practitioners have used for hundreds of years.
Aloe Vera contains lots of water and is an excellent and powerful moisturizer and a great regenerator of the skin, which helps us combat premature aging and show a fresh and beautiful face. Aloe vera is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, meaning it may reduce the appearance of acne and prevent acne breakouts. The aloe vera is able to do away with any scarring, so against acne blemishes, it works great.
The antioxidants in aloe vera reduce swelling and redness, while its natural astringent removes excess oil and dead cells.
The great thing about aloe is that it doesn’t really need measurements. If you can find the plant, just scrape it off the leaf and lather the scar and cover it with some plastic wrap. It might feel weird and sticky but your skin will thank you.
How to use aloe vera
Place the aloe vera pulp in a wooden or plastic container and add the juice of a squeezed lemon. Mix well and apply on the face with gentle circular movements. Let stand for 20 minutes and remove with warm water. You can also use aloe vera oil on our skin.
Aloe vera is also great for sunburns and can even be ingested if diluted properly.
Any oil can work as long as it’s rich in omega fatty acids to penetrate and moisturize the skin so it can restore your skin’s glow.
Coconut oil is especially great for this and is even recommended by avid users to make them a part of your daily regimen.
Use coconut oil only on the area you want to treat. Too much coconut oil might just cause a breakout here and there if you don’t control your usage.
Like other natural remedies, coconut oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds.
These properties mean that coconut oil may destroy acne-causing bacteria and reduce redness and swelling of pimples. Coconut oil may also speed up healing in open acne sores.
How to use coconut oil
Try rubbing pure, virgin coconut oil directly to the area with acne. Look for coconut oil in the natural foods section of grocery stores or online.
Honey has been used to treat skin conditions, such as acne, for thousands of years. It contains many antioxidants that can help to clear waste and debris from clogged pores. Its natural moisturizing effects and stimulation of tissue regeneration make it a popular ingredient to mix into your skincare routine.
In its raw form, honey is amazing and the darker it is the more medicinal properties it contains. Mixing honey with cinnamon is a great renewal treatment that can help keep skin smooth and clear.
Doctors use honey in wound dressings because of its antibacterial and wound-healing properties.
How to use honey
Using a clean finger or cotton pad, rub a little honey into pimples. Otherwise, add honey to a face or body mask.
Garlic contains organosulfur compounds, which have natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Many traditional medicine practitioners use garlic to treat infections and boost the body’s ability to fight germs and infections. It can also help to boost the immune system, which helps the body fight infections.
How to use garlic
To fight the inflammation and infections caused by acne, people can add more garlic to their diet. Some people chew whole garlic cloves, rub it on toast, or make it into a hot drink.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been touted as an all-around natural ingredient for everything from cleaning solutions to skin care.
How to use apple cider vinegar
Mix it with honey and leave it on for 10 minutes after applying it to the area. Do this up to three times a day for the best results.
Take a Q-tip and soak it in ACV then in water to dilute it just a bit, and dab the swab right on the looming pimple. It’ll help reduce redness and stop any whiteheads from forming.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which helps to kill the bacteria that causes acne.
Tea tree oil’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that it can also reduce the swelling and redness of pimples.
How to use tea tree oil
People can apply tea tree extract to their acne in creams, gels, or essential oils. If people use essential oils, always dilute them in a carrier oil first.
Turmeric is great for acne scars specifically because it contains curcumin, a compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce excess production of melanin, which adds pigmentation to your scar and makes it darker.
This treats discoloration and helps skin glow. It’s also antiseptic so it smooths your skin without irritation.
How to use turmeric
Just add equal parts honey and turmeric (1 tsp each) and keep it on for about 20 minutes to allow the paste to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Green tea is considered to have a noticeable impact on acne. Green tea is enriched with an antioxidant called epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG.
EGCG effectively reduces the sebum production, inflammation, and bacterial growth in the acne-infected skin.
You can drink a cup or two of green tea a day to detoxify.
How to use green tea
You can apply soaked teabag onto your face or concerned areas.
Olive Oil and Baking Soda
Olive oil, with its high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins, is a great ally to end acne blemishes. In addition, thanks to its detoxifying ability, it eliminates all impurities and leaves the face smooth and shiny.
How exactly can baking soda help with removing scars? It balances your pH and acts as a natural exfoliator. In doing so, it eliminates dead skin cells and leaves you refreshed without damaging the skin around the scar.
How to use olive oil & baking soda
The treatment consists of applying to the scar a cotton ball soaked in a mixture composed of two tablespoons of mineral water and one tablespoon of baking soda. Using two parts water and one part baking soda, make a paste and scrub it on the affected area, rinsing thoroughly and gently after a minute.
Lemon has alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), meaning it has the healing properties your skin needs.
Known as a natural bleach, this lightener aids in new cell growth and gives your skin its elasticity back.
How to use lemon
Cut a lemon in half and rub a half over the scar; squeeze the lemon to let it soak the scar for about 15 minutes. Dab with cool water to rinse.
Jojoba oil is a natural, waxy substance extracted from the seeds of the jojoba shrub.
The waxy substances in jojoba oil may help to repair damaged skin, which means it may also help speed up wound healing, including acne lesions.
How to use jojoba oil
Try mixing jojoba essential oil with a gel, cream, or clay face mask and applying it to acne. You can also, place a few drops of jojoba oil on a cotton pad and rub this gently over acne sores.
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