Acne scars... If you can live through those, you can do anything!
In my opinion, the best acne scar home remedies always come from natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. They are simple to make, and a heck of a lot cheaper than drugstore scar creams. Plus, there's a good feeling that comes with being self-sufficient, and you'll save your skin from chemicals at the same time.
It will probably take between a month to heal the light ones and three or four months for deeper, darker scars. Here is your daily regimen:
Exfoliation is a very important step in removing scars because it takes off the old, dead skin cells and replaces them with new ones.
The idea in this remedy is to gently and gradually remove scarred tissue so fresh, new, beautiful skin can cover it.
If the acne scarring is on an area other than your face, such as your back or chest, use a shower brush instead of a loofah.
The brush will allow you to exfoliate the hard-to-reach parts of your back and will do more than a flimsy loofah for your skin.
Don't like the toothbrush idea? Here's one that smells better.
Take one half cup of brown sugar and place it in a glass bowl. Then drizzle four tablespoons of honey over the sugar, and mix it in by pressing a spoon down onto the brown sugar until it is blended.
Heat the mixture in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, and then stir it again to make sure there are no hot spots. You can't heal your acne scars by topping them with hot liquids scars!
Once the sugar and honey is warm, apply it to your face and use the tips of your fingers to work it in all over.
If you have scarring on your back or other hard to reach places, you can simply load up a shower brush with the exfoliating mixture and scrub it in small circles for a few minutes.
The exfoliation process on any area of the body will promote scar healing and skin rejuvenation. Remember though, that the skin on your face is very sensitive and may need a couple of rest days between exfoliating treatments.
Other areas such as your chest and back are more hardy and can usually take the beating every one to two days.
The next important step in diminishing scars is to lighten them. Most scars turn a shade darker than the rest of your skin, making them even more apparent and difficult to cover up.
To create a skin lightener, mix one tablespoon fresh lemon juice with one teaspoon of almond oil (or olive oil, coconut oil, or motor oil... just kidding!) If you have an old makeup brush, you can use it to apply the skin lightener to any darker patches. A Q-tip or cotton swab will work too.
Lemon juice is a highly acidic juice which is why it makes for such an effective skin lightener.
The almond oil will help protect your skin from discomfort and burning, but you should make sure not to leave it on for more than fifteen minutes at a time.
It is better to apply the lemon juice and almond oil one to two times per day for shorter periods of time than once per week for a long period of time. (I know it's a pain, but at least it gives you time to make your toenails look fresh!)
The last step in your acne scar natural treatment regimen is to soothe and nourish your skin with a healthy moisturizer.
Aloe Vera is a natural cactus plant that is used to treat minor wounds and burns.
Many people add aloe vera gel to their sunburns for healing and cooling relief as well.
The aloe plant also provides wonderful treatment for scars, and is used often in many different acne scar home remedies.
After you have fully exfoliated your skin and rinsed off the lightener, apply a generous amount of natural aloe moisturizer to your skin. If you can wear it to bed, even better. (Your spouse will love it.)
½ cup aloe
½ cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
While this recipe may remind you of raiding the fridge in your teen years to concoct weird face masks, this step in the acne scar home remedies process will help to rejuvenate your skin, and to promote natural healing over the old scar tissue.
This simple acne scar home remedies process works very well, though you will need to have patience! It may take months for your scars to go away completely, but it will be worth it.