Battling with acne can be frustrating enough, dealing with acne scars can be equally challenging. Acne scars are a result of inflammation caused by acne, which damages the skin's collagen and elastin fibres. These scars can stay for long after the acne has cleared. While there are several medical treatments available for acne scars, natural remedies can also play a significant role in improving their appearance.
In an interaction with OnlyMyHealth, Dr Ganesh Chaudhary, BAMS, Darbhanga, Bihar, explained about natural remedies to deal with acne scars.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera has been widely used for its skin-soothing properties. The gel derived from the aloe vera plant contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that aid in reducing inflammation and promoting skin healing.
Applying aloe vera gel directly to acne scars can help reduce redness and enhance the skin's natural regeneration process. Regular use can lead to a smoother and more even complexion over time.
Lemon juice is known for its natural bleaching properties. The high vitamin C content in lemon helps stimulate collagen production, improving skin elasticity and texture. However, since lemon juice can be acidic and potentially irritating, it's essential to dilute it with water before applying it to the skin.
“Gently dab the mixture onto acne scars and rinsing it off after 10-15 minutes can gradually lighten the scars,” said Dr Chaudhary.
Honey is a natural humectant and contains antibacterial properties, making it an excellent option for reducing inflammation and promoting skin healing. Applying raw honey directly to acne scars can help moisturise the skin while encouraging tissue repair and regeneration. Leave the honey on the scars for about 20-30 minutes before rinsing off for best results.
Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that can deeply moisturise the skin and enhance its natural barrier function. When applied to acne scars, coconut oil can help fade them over time, leaving the skin smoother and softer. It is best to use virgin coconut oil and massage it gently onto the affected areas until fully absorbed.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip seed oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants that are beneficial for skin rejuvenation. According to study, regular application of rosehip seed oil on acne scars can improve their appearance and promote skin cell turnover. Massage a few drops of rosehip seed oil into the scars twice a day for optimal results.
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant that can help remove dead skin cells and improve the overall texture of the skin. Creating a paste with baking soda and water and gently massaging it onto acne scars can aid in reducing their appearance. However, it's essential to use baking soda in moderation, as excessive use may lead to dryness and irritation.
Dealing with acne scars can be a daunting task, but natural remedies can be a safe and effective way to improve their appearance. Remember that individual results may vary, and patience is key when using natural methods.
If you have severe scarring or any concerns about your skin's health, it's best to consult a dermatologist for personalised advice and treatment options.
Along with these natural methods, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, drinking plenty of water, and protecting your skin from sun exposure can further aid in the healing process and promote overall skin health.
[Disclaimer: The information in this article is provided by a registered medical practitioner. However, we recommend you consult your healthcare provider for accurate diagnosis and treatment.]