After a bout of acne in our teens, we are usually left with the sad prospect of having to live with their scars forever. Acne is caused by trapped dust and over secretion of oils by the skin thus bacteria find a conducive environment to reproduce. The choice of buying and consuming a cocktail of drugs looks like the best option for most who want a quick fix, but as the case usually is when it comes to drugs, they usually have a long list of side effects.These include the recurrence of these scars, skin rashes, pale skin and the possible use of carcinogenic chemicals (substances that cause cancer) an in creams and lotions which in itself has its own.
It is reassuring to know that not all is lost because I have been able to research, test and even use a number of home remedies that can be used to return your skin back to its blemish free past. As you will find out some of these remedies are nifty and fully backed by scientists and dermatologists alike.
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Top 10 Natural Home Remedies For Acne Scas
- Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
The sodium bicarbonate crystals continued in the baking soda attract water. Therefore when a paste of baking soda is applied on the skin the skin will be “dried” (exfoliated). This “drying” will cleanse the pores in the skin by eliminating the oil trapped in the skin and reach the inner layer of the skin where the scar is located. When preparing the paste add water in small proportions relative to the baking soda to ensure a thick paste is formed. The paste should then be massaged to ensure that it penetrates into the skin. It also has an anti-inflammatory agent that like honey reduces the irritation caused by the swelling of the acne scars.
It helps heal scars by moisturizing the skin. It acts as a mitigating operator which helps to recover your skin. Honey has sterilizing properties due to the presence of naturally occurring hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide will then kill the pathogens and through various reactions eliminate the oil. Honey also has an anti-inflammation agent hence will ease the irritation caused by the swelling as a result of the acne scars.
Honey when eaten also boosts metabolism of food and removes some pathogens in the blood hence preventing reoccurrence of these acne scars. Raw natural honey is the best option because there is addition of chemicals to the consumer grade honey which increases its shelf life and prevents it from hardening. Since its about cleaning the skin the presence of such chemicals to disrupt the cleaning process even though to some minute degree. Application is simple as it involves just massaging the hone on the face or affected region. One also doesn’t have to worry about ingesting because honey has a sweetness rivalled by none.
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has a long list of practical uses though often than not this list has been filled with fallacies and myths. Aloe Vera is soothing and very natural therefore has no known side effects or irritations. The fact that Aloe Vera is a natural moisturizer has been dermatologically tested and it benefits continuously proven. This fact is very fool proof hence the reson Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as a key marketing tool for cosmetics throughout the entire product lines in the shelves and the world over.
Though there are a plethora of cosmetic lotions all clamouring for your attention the best option as seen in the example of honey is going natural. By peeling off the skin of the aloe leaves on exposes the mucous aloe vera gel that can then be applied on the skin.
It is used to fade acne scars because lemon acts as a natural dye and make the skin look younger and more vibrant. Lemon juice contains alphahydroxyl acid (AHA) as well as Citric acid. These are organic acids and are mildly acidic but still strong enough to kill the microorganisms that dwell on the skin and are predisposing factors to acne.
Squeezing the lemon to extract the lemon juice and a apply it on the skin. In case of irritation one can dilute the lemon though the treatment would take longer to achieve desired results
- Rose water and sandal wood
Rose water acts as an antiseptic and therefore kills the bacteria that causes the acne while sandal wood provides a soothing effect on the skin reducing skin irritation. This is done by taking the glue from the sandalwood and mixing it with rose water and leaving it overnight for the sandalwood to infuse the rosewater. Then after application wash off the face with cool water
- Olive oil and olives
Olive oil is regarded by most as the world’s healthiest oil and besides its numerous uses in healthy eating it also has an important role in the improvement of the condition of the skin. Olive oil has the natural ability to penetrate into the skin deeply which would soften the skin and helps in remedying acne scars. It also has an anti-inflammatory agent which reduces the inflammation of the skin caused by the acne. Olive oil is applied by soaking a cotton ball with a few drops of the olive oil and applying it on the affected areas.
- Mint leaves
Mint leaves are a natural remedy for acne scars. Apart from remedying acne scars it also remedies acne. Therefore having more added advantages. On the surface the ground mint leaves is instrumental in removing the scars. The mint will also permeate through the skin and cleanse the blood thus preventing the reoccurrence of acne. the antioxidant nature of the mint helps in to prevent reoccurrence of the acne. after the application wash the skin with water.
This is also known as papaya in some localities. Pawpaw has antioxidising effects which restores the skin and makes it appear younger. Pawpaws also have the chemical papain which removes dead skin cells and is useful in disintegrating the proteins of the dead cells in the skin thus removing acne scars. The papaya is applied by making a juice if possible blending it and applying it on the acne scars. the wash if off with clean water after a while.
Yoghurt has natural acids such as natural alpha hydroxyl acids similar to those in lemon. The acidic nature eradicates harmful microorganisms and other pathogens. Since yoghurt is made from milk it also has the same skin enhancing properties of milk because it contains Vitamin C. Eating yoghurt is just as important as applying it based on the high nutritional content. Yoghurt is also very versatile and can be used in a variety of combinations such as with honey, oatmeal, strawberries and eggs.
Cucumber has been commonly used in popular culture such as movies and films as skin enhancer. Looking at the dermatological facts its Cucumber helps to open the pores and removes the earth and oils bringing about acne. Applying freshly cut slices of cucumber on the acne scars. These are put as face masks and after application the face is rinsed with cold water. This will eventually help you get rid of acne scars and make the skin look tighter.