When it comes to acne scars, remedies are plentiful. Some work better than others for certain individuals. The important thing is to give them some time before deciding you don’t see a difference. These do work gradually.
Perhaps the most known remedy uses citrus: lemons or limes. You can either mix the juice with water or apply it directly on the scars. How concentrated your mixture depends on how sensitive your skin is. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with water. Lemon juice lightens blemishes and acne scars over time.
Another effective solution involves olive oil. This may seem contradictive since acne is caused by excess oil on the skin. But olive oil is the “good” kind of oil. Massaging pure olive oil on the scarred skin softens the skin’s texture and diminishes the appearance of acne scars.
Here’s one you may not have heard before. Tomatoes are a rich source of Vitamin A which inhibits over-production of sebum which is what causes acne in the first place. The antioxidant properties of Vitamin A also regenerate scarred and damaged skin.
Some other of the acne scars remedies that work well are homemade masks. I’m going to describe two here. The first is a mixture of tomatoes and cucumbers. These two ingredients combined can greatly reduce the visibility of your acne scars and tighten your pores. Mix one small tomato and a half of a cucumber in a blender until it becomes a liquidy paste. You can apply this to your acne scars one or two times per day. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Another mask is made by mixing one tablespoon of sour cream, one tablespoon of yogurt, one tablespoon of oatmeal, and a couple of drops of lemon juice in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to the affected areas and leave it there for 10 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water. Try this one or two times a day to start seeing results.
A lesser known remedy but also one that is very effective is one that combines sandalwood and rosewater. Mix the sandalwood with just a couple drops of rosewater to make a paste. Apply this paste to the scars and leave it on for at least an hour. For better results, you can leave it on overnight. Then, rinse off the mixture with warm water. These ingredients soothe and cool inflamed and scarred skin.
Another possible solution to your acne scarring is a paste made out of Fenugreek leaves. Grind and crush the leaves to make a paste and apply this directly to the scars a couple of times a day for a few minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
If your acne scars are inflamed and painful, you can calm them immediately with an ice pack. This shrinks pores and soothes irritated skin.