If you have been plagued by facial acne, you may have some large scars left behind, making you wonder if there is anything you can do at home to minimize the appearance of the scars without damaging your skin. If so, use the following two-step home remedy for treating your scars using natural ingredients.
What You Will Need
Before you make and use your acne scar treatment, gather the supplies and ingredients listed below. You can find them in supermarkets, pharmacies and natural health stores.
- Small microwave-safe bowl
- One-quarter of a cup of raw honey
- Two tablespoons of lemon juice
- Two wooden tongue depressors
- Pint-size mason jar with lid
- One medium-size cucumber, peeled and sliced into quarter-inch pieces
- One cup of aloe vera juice
The honey used in step one helps stimulate the skin's tissue, as well as removes the top layer of the scar tissue. It also adds moisture to the dried scars to plump them up, making them less visible.
The citric acid found in lemon juice helps bleach your scars' discolorations. The antioxidants in the juice also promote healing of the scar tissue. However, because of its acidic properties, make sure you do not leave it on for longer than recommended, and make sure you rinse your face thoroughly after application.
The cucumber and aloe vera juice used in the second step's skin toner help reduce the inflammation and redness of skin with their cooling effects. Cucumbers also hydrate the skin, while the aloe vera juice's healing properties rebuild and plump the scar tissue, helping to minimize their appearance.
Step 1: Apply A Scar-Reducing Mask To Your Scars
The first step in this home treatment is to apply a mask to your acne scars to reduce their appearance, as well as condition the skin and promote its healing. The mask is safe to apply and treat the skin on your entire face, if you desire, or you can use it only on the scars themselves.
To make the mask, pour the honey in the microwave-safe bowl, and place it in the microwave for 30 seconds. This is done to thin the honey to make mixing in the lemon juice easier.
Add the lemon juice, and stir thoroughly with a tongue depressor. Let the mixture cool to a comfortable temperature for your face. Then, use a clean tongue depressor to apply the mask to either your scars or entire face.
Leave the mask on for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat your face dry with a towel, then go on to the next step.
Step 2: Use A Homemade Skin Toner
After rinsing the mask off your face, the next step is to use a homemade skin toner to further aid in reducing your scars' visibility, as well as refresh your skin and reduce inflammation.
To make the toner, place the cucumber slices and aloe vera juice in a jar, replace the lid, and shake vigorously. Let the mixture stand for about four hours to allow the slices to absorb the aloe vera juice.
Once the time has passed, remove a cucumber slice, and pat it on your skin. Repeat until your entire face is wet, then let your skin air dry for about five to 10 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water, pat dry with a towel, and apply a moisturizer of your choosing.
Using the above treatment a couple time a week should help you reduce the visibility of your acne scars. However, if you do not see any improvement or continue to have breakouts, you may want to speak to a dermatologist like those at Billings Clinic about the treatment options available to you.