Tips for Eliminating Acne Scars
Knowing how to get rid of acne scars is important, because any teenager who has suffered through bad acne wants to get past those awkward teenage years and grow into a healthy adult. When you have lingering acne marks, it not only blemishes your looks, but it’s also a reminder to everyone, especially yourself, that you were a kid fighting bad acne and the teen angst that comes with painful pimples and blackheads. People look at the scars and think, “I bet they had hell as a teenager.”
People with the worst acne scars need to talk to a dermatologist or medical professional, to see what the best treatments for acne scars are. Those with less severe forms of scarring can take steps to help their appearance, though. With these home acne scar remedies, most of which are all-natural, you’ll be able to restore your skin’s luster and get back to having that clear, smooth complexion you always wanted to have.
Drink Water – Acne Treatment Tips
This sounds rather basic, but drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to clear up your skin conditions. There are so many reasons to do this, it’s hard to start listing.
For one, you flush out impurities all the way down to the cellular level. When you drink plenty of water, your facial skin cells release the water retention and impurities in them. Impurities in your organs are cleansed, so you’re less likely to pump more impurities into your skin cells. Your pores are less likely to get blocked, which means you’ll have fewer blackheads and continuing acne problems (which adults can have).
Also, water restores proper function of your epidermal layers, so your skin heals faster and it heals smoother than otherwise. You might not know this, but the skin sheds off dead skin cells faster when you drink plenty of water, because your cells are properly hydrated. This facilitates growth of new skin cells, which sluff off the old skin. There are just so many reasons that drinking water helps clear up your skin; I can’t emphasize enough how important this one simple step is.
Mix in the Garden Foods – Eating a Balanced Diet
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which replenishes the body’s minerals and vitamins. Once again, when your body functions properly and the food and drinks you intake are pure, your body naturally works better. When you eat enough fruits and veggies, your skin grows healthier than it could with greasy hamburgers and pizza as your fuel source.
Most of the healing your body does has to come from the inside out, not applied from the outside in. That is, applying topical creams and natural skin conditioners are going to help your skin heal, but if you want to restore your skin to its natural clear condition, you want to eat a balanced diet and give your body everything it needs to grow healthy skin. When you give your body the proper tools to repair itself, it’s amazing what the recuperative powers of the human body are like.
That means you want to eat more fish and chicken, and perhaps even some soy and tofu in your diet. Each contains the rich proteins you need to promote skin healing.
Drink Lemon Juice
This one is hard for me, because I’m allergic to citrus. Since I’m assuming you’re not, this should be a big part of your daily diet. The citric acid you find in lemon juice helps you shed dead skin faster.
More Acne Scar Remedies
There is a whole catalog of acne scar treatments to consider. Below are a list of many common acne scar remedies. Try to determine the reason your acne scars won’t go away, then tailor the treatment method to that theory. If it doesn’t work, try one of the others. By process of elimination, you should be able to find a combination that helps hide your acne scars.
- Oatmeal, Yogurt & Drops of Lemon – Apply for 10 minutes and rinse.
- Aloe Vera Oil – Aids in the skin’s healing – the same reason you use it for sunburns.
- Aloe Vera Juice – Aids in skin regeneration. Works the same aloe vera oil.
- Tomato Juice – Stops the production of seburn, the real culprit in acne (more about “seburn” later).
- Olive Oil – Soften your skins and reduces acne scar appearance.
- Lavender Oil – Aids skin regeneration and gives you clearer and younger looking skin.
- Rosehip Oil – Used to treat burn marks, sun damage, surgical scares, acne scars, and aging effects.
- Rose Water & Sandalwood – Used in so many cosmetic/fragrance products. Make a paste, leave it on overnight.
- Honey – Anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, aids in hydration, rejuvenates the skin.
- Ice Cubes – Reduces swelling, making acne less painful and less noticeable. Apply to scars for 10 minutes.
What Is Seburn – What Causes Acne?
I mentioned “seburn” earlier, but you might not have ever heard this term. Others might want to know what causes acne in the first place. The answer is seburn, a waxy, oily substance made out of a combination of body fats, wax and dead fat-producing skin cells. When you don’t wash your hair for a time and it gets oily, seburn is what makes the hair oily. Earwax is, in part, made of seburn.
According to some (inconclusive) studies, when you eat too many oily foods, fried foods, or red meats, your body produces excess seburn. Some believe seburn helps waterproof or protect the skin and hair, but this is unproven, too. The sebaceous glands, which are found underneath your pores, secretes this substance. When too much seburn reaches your skin, it sticks together with skin cells and clogs pores, plugging the neck of the pore. Propionibacterium acnes or p. acnes, a bacterium that lives on the human skin, begins to grow faster than normal, feeding on the trapped seburn. P. acnes is obviously linked to the skin condition known as acne.
So controlling acne involves controlling the amount of seburn on your face and in your hair. That’s why eating proper foods helps treat acne. It’s also why teenagers need to wash their hair every single day. (Actually, everybody does.) If you have acne scars, you might have recurring acne, so take measures to eliminate seburn and the acne-causing bacteria it attracts to your skin. These are things that will always be there, but kept at a reasonable minimu, it helps your acne treatments.
- Mild Soaps with Antibacterial Formulas – Twice a Day.
- Benzoyl Peroxide – Kills acne-causing bacteria, removes dead skin cells. Can cause dryness of skin. Use even after lesions go away.
- Salicylic Acid – Unplugs pores and redresses imbalanced shedding of skin (takes off excess skin). This is the stuff used to burn off warts and corns.
- Avoid Fatty Foods – There appears to be a correlation between fatty foods and the production of seburn.
- Avoid Popping Zits – Pimples form when the immune system is trying to kill P. acnes bacteria. Pus is your white blood cells surrounding this bacteria, so popping zits exposes more of the surface of your skin to the bacteria.
I understand; sometimes popping pimples is irresistible, due to the pain and unsightliness. If you don’t take my advice, search “how to pop zits” to learn the best way to do it, and wash your face with benzoyl peroxide, a mild soap, and a wash cloth immediately and thoroughly, in order to get the P. acnes off your face.
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars
If nothing else you’ve study in learning how to get rid of acne scars works, you may have be back to square one: talking to a doctor about getting rid of acne scars with a physician’s help. Hopefully, that’s not the case, because medical treatments like dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing are a whole other level of commitment and expense. Try the acne treatment methods above to see if you can get rid of your acne, and the painful scarring sometimes caused by this medical condition.