One of the most common skin problems that afflicts each one of us is acne. And once the acne goes, what we are often left with is the acne marks. Acne marks are usually a good sign, as they go to show that our acne is healing - however they can be obnoxious to deal with - as they sometimes leave concave scars on your face and other times, raised scars. The texture your scar takes depends upon the collagen in your skin - too much collagen leads to raised scars and too little causes concave scars.
There are many treatments for acne marks out there and some that can be done at the ease of your own home. In this article, we take a look at how to remove acne marks at home. Are you ready?
Treatment for Acne Marks
The many different home remedies or treatments for acne marks include the use of aloe vera, honey, black seed oil, lemon juice and more. We have discussed them in detail below.
Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil or Nigella sativa comes from a medicinal plant of the same name. Native to Eastern Europe and Asia, black seed oil is used for its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, which help in scar reduction and marks related to acne. It also improves healing and treats skin pigmentation, thereby proving itself to be a good treatment for acne marks.
Coconut oil is beneficial for various reasons, thanks to its amazing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is also a rich source of vitamin E, K, and antioxidants that can help in the growth of skin cells and also with the removal of skin marks among other things. You can dab 1 tsp of coconut oil on the affected areas of your skin, leave it overnight, and see its results for pimple marks removal.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps in renewing the pH balance of your skin - as it soaks in the excess oils from your pores and leaves your skin perfectly exfoliated and rejuvenated. Coconut oil also leaves your skin feeling smooth, soft, and blemish free. Apple cider vinegar also works towards reducing the redness on your skin caused by acne - thereby also reducing acne marks.
You can dilute apple cider vinegar with water and apply it to your entire face with the help of a cotton cloth. Let it stay on your face for 15-20 minutes and thereafter wash your face with water. Daily application of this will give you effective treatment for acne marks.
Honey is used for various medicinal purposes, including burns, wounds, sore throat, and cold among other things. Another thing it effectively works for and you may not be aware of is its use to remove acne marks, thanks to its amazing antibacterial and antiviral properties. It also may help in reducing the appearance of more acne by fighting infections.
Aloe vera is full of antioxidants and various other nutrients that can all help in removing skin blemishes, promote healing of wounds, and prevent acne marks. Its antiinflammatory properties also help in removing acne marks, infections, and scars. You can extract aloe vera gel from aloe leaves and apply a thick layer of it on the acne marks. Leave it overnight and see results after continued daily application. You can also drink aloe vera juice as it helps in regulating your skin’s pH balance.
Lemon juice being a natural bleaching agent has skin lightening properties. This can also be utilized for removing acne marks or atleast lightening them, if not removed completely. You can simply apply fresh lemon juice to your face or pimple marks with the help of a clean cotton cloth. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water for effective results.
There are also other methods that are used by some to remove or lighten pimple marks. These include the usage of baking soda, rosehip oil, tea tree oil, and chickpea flour among other things. If these home remedies fail to work, you can also resort to medical procedures which involve lasers and cosmetic surgeries.