Anyone with acne scars no how annoying and dreadful it is. The main problem with acne scars is that it can feel exhausting to get rid of it off your face.

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It is why it’s important always to try your best to prevent them. The good news, however, is that expensive treatment such as laser removal isn’t the only option for reducing or minimizing acne scars. Firstly let’s identify the different types of acne scars.

The Different Types of Acne Scars

Acne Scars

1. Ice pick scars

Ice pick scars are very narrow, can be very deep and may extend into the dermis. Ice pick scars usually leave small and tiny holes in the skin and may look as if someone has poked it with a sharp instrument. This type of scar is the result of an infection from an inflamed blemish or cyst works its way to the surface of the skin.

2. Boxcars

They are round, oval with steep vertical sides. Boxcars usually look like wide and discoloured pits in your skin. Unlike ice pick scars, however, they are not too deep. When inflamed acne or cyst breaks, it will destroy collagen and tissue underneath the skin. Without tissue support, the skin will heal itself over the hole, leaving a dented texture in the skin.

3. Rolling scars

This type of acne scar looks like a wave-like depression against normal skin. Though they aren’t as deep or sharp as the above two types of acne scars, skin that has rolling scars may look uneven and imbalanced.

4. Hypertrophic and keloid scars

This is when a firm scar grows above the surface of the skin. Hypertrophic scars are usually caused by inflamed acne and usually found on the torso, especially for men. Hypertrophic scars can also happen due to a deep wound or trauma in a specific area.

Natural Remedies for Acne Scars

Acne Scars

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera contains soothing properties, and so they are ideal for blemishes or pimples that have just popped. Aloe vera can also work well with sunburns or inflammation from skin conditions. The antioxidants found in aloe vera work to reduce swelling, soreness, and redness of acne. You can apply this on your skin in a gel form or choose moisturizers that contain aloe vera.

2. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has just enough acidic content to burn off dead and dry skin cells, reduce redness, counteract discolouration. Because it is a natural ingredient, it is safe to use and actually quite harmless. Apple cider vinegar also helps to clean the surface of your face and removing any bacteria that your face wash doesn’t pick up. You can soak a Q-tip with it, and apply to your acne scars. Leave on for 10 minutes before washing off.

3. Honey

Honey is one of the most popular food ingredients people use for their skin. A lot of face washes, moisturizers, and other cosmetic clinics contain honey. It is because the honey in its raw form can help the skin cells, stimulate the regeneration of new tissue and repair damaged skin. Mixing natural honey with cinnamon or lemon before applying it to affected areas, is great to promote smooth and clearer skin.

4. Lemon

Lemon is one of the best choices if you’re trying to lighten the colour of your skin after getting discoloured by scarring. Lemon is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHA). It is known to bleach your skin and lighten overall complexion.

It also aids the regeneration of new skin as well as improving skin elasticity. You can apply lemon by squeezing it on the affected area and letting your skin soak up the juices. After doing this for 15 minutes, wash off with water before applying a moisturizer or sunscreen if you’re heading outside.

5. Turmeric powder

The skin needs lots of antioxidants to promote durability, elasticity and overall better health. Anti-inflammatory properties are also important if you’re looking to counteract acne or scarring. Turmeric powder has an abundance of both. Not only does turmeric powder slow down swelling and reduce redness, but it also boosts the production of melanin.

Melanin is responsible for making scars darker. Turmeric powder will promote balance to your skin tone and improve overall complexion. Mix turmeric powder with honey. A teaspoon of both should do and apply it to your face as a mask. Leave on for 20 minutes before beginning your facial routine.

Before you try to improve your acne scars with natural remedies, it’s important to make sure you’ve got down the bare basics of maintaining healthy skin. It means eating healthy foods as well as drinking plenty of water. Exercise and rest are also important in managing healthy skin. As long as you’ve got the basics to maintaining healthy skin, any of these remedies can work for your acne scars.

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