We list three acne scar remedies that you can source from your pantry.
Every person in the world suffers from acne at some point in their lives. Acne is caused by a variety of factors: stress, lack of sleep, indigestion, food and drink rich in salt and sugar, lack of exercise and even hormonal imbalances. But while most people’s acne problem is resolved by itself, others find that they grapple with acne all the time.
The problem is not simply limited to sporting unseemly acne on the skin. Acne also tends to cause scarring, brought on by poor blood circulation, aging, skin unable to sufficiently heal itself, etc. Often, acne scars are caused by popping the acne or worrying it with a fingernail, which causes localised infection and tissue trauma.
The best acne scar treatments are often quite simple. They employ everyday kitchen ingredients that are mild and effective in solving the problem. We recommend the following three natural acne scar treatments for you:
- Orange peel face wash. Orange contains large amounts of Vitamin C, which hydrates the skin, which in turn helps cell repair and skin restoration. Take the peel of a large orange and dry it in the sunlight till it becomes crackly and hard. Pound the skin to a paste using a teaspoon of milk or rose water. Apply this paste to your skin first thing in the morning to remove residual dry skin, excess oil and surface bacteria. It is especially beneficial in lightening discolouration caused by acne and reduces the problem gradually.
- Oat scrub. Acne is exacerbated when the skin is unhealthy and less hydrated. This causes dead skin cells and excess oil to accumulate on the skin’s surface, clogging the pores and causing more acne. This is why oily skin is more prone to acne than dry skin, as it traps more dirt and grime on the surface. Treat your acne scars thus: take two tablespoons of oats (grind them to a fine powder if you have sensitive skin) and mix with one teaspoon of cold milk. Cleanse your face and rub the oat scrub over it in gentle circles. Wash off with cold water. Use this remedy thrice a week for fresh, clear skin.
- Hydrogen peroxide bleach. Some discolouration may be reduced only by bleaching the area with a mild ingredient. Hydrogen peroxide is a good bleaching agent that lightens acne scars considerably. Take a clean ball of cotton and apply two to three drops of hydrogen peroxide to it. Rub it all over the skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water. Use this remedy every day for the best results.