acne scarsAcne is a condition that is highly distressing – not because it’s dangerous but because of its impact on a person’s facial appearance. Although the pimples themselves may disappear with the right treatment, the scars they leave behind never really go away. Why is this so? A pimple arises due to some sort of skin damage; during the healing process, the body creates new skin cells and collagen fibers – this repair process leads to the formation of the acne scars. When it comes to reducing acne marks, it is important to remember this because whatever the form of treatment you use, the scars won’t really go away – its only their colour, size and appearance that can be modified so as to render them undetectable. Here are a few home remedies you can try to lighten the acne scars.

Sandalwood water

According to Ayurveda, sandalwood or chandan is highly effective as a soothing and cooling agent, making it ideal to deal with skin problems. For use against acne scars, simply soak a piece of sandalwood in water for a few hours. Remove the wood, dry and store for reuse. Using a small ball of cotton, smear the sandalwood water slowly on the parts of the skin that has acne scars. Repeat every day for about a week and you are sure to notice a marked difference in your facial appearance.

Another way of using sandalwood is to rub a piece of sandalwood on a wooden base with a little rosewater to get a paste. Apply a small quantity of this paste on the acne scar and leave it on overnight. Wash the next morning with cold water. Chandan has various other benefits for the skin, read here. 

Fenugreek extract

Add a few seeds of fenugreek (methi) into a little water; boil for about 10-15 minutes. Allow the liquid to cool, strain out the seeds and using a cotton ball, apply the water to the acne scars. Do this regularly for about a week and you will see a reduction in the intensity of the scars’ appearance.Use methi for other skin and hair problems as well. 

Lemon juice

Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which plays an important role in the synthesis of collagen in the body. For this reason, the regular use of lemons – both internally as part of the diet and externally on the skin – can help keep your skin healthy and free from scars. Cut a few lemons and squeeze out the juice; apply this with a cotton ball directly onto the acne scars on the face. Allow it to remain for some time and then wash with plain water. This tends to have a bleaching effect on dark scars; however, it is important to avoid going out in bright sunlight when you have applied the lemon juice because it can lead to darkening of the skin.

Lemon juice can also be combined with other ingredients for an acne scar-reducing effect. Mix one tablespoon each of lemon juice, honey and almond oil with two tablespoons of milk and apply to the scars once a day for about one week to see an improvement.

Neem leaves

Neem contains alkaloids that give it distinct antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. This makes it effective against a wide range of skin problems right from acne and eczema to ringworm because it also has the property of cleansing the body of toxins. For action against acne scars, place a neem leaf directly on the affected area for some time; do this regularly to see good results. Neem can help banish other beauty problems too. 

Aloe vera

The gel-like substance obtained from the leaves of the aloe plant has an almost magical ability to heal the skin of problems. Take a leaf from the aloe plant, wash it, and peel out the outermost layer of green to reach the innermost jelly-like substance. Scoop this out with a spoon and apply a little quantity to the scarred tissue. Do this twice a day, leave on for about half an hour and then wash off with plain water. Repeat for a few days and you will notice that not only does the acne scar become undetectable; your skin also feels tighter and gets a distinct glow. The good thing is, aloe vera suits all skin types. Try other home-made packs of aloe vera.

Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar has the property of scraping off the old cells on the surface of the skin and this peeling action along with its antiseptic property makes it useful against acne scars. However, a direct application of vinegar may damage sensitive skin; so make sure you dilute it with a little water and apply this apple cider vinegar solution to the scars using a cotton ball.

Along with the use of these home remedies, it is important to take steps to prevent new pimples from erupting. Stress tends to cause hormonal changes that can worsen acne; so use deep breathing exercises and meditation to keep stress away. Cut down on your use of oil-based cosmetics such as moisturisers and make-up and even hair products; this will reduce the blocking of the pores in the skin and reduce your chances of an acne outbreak. While there is nothing you can do about the appearance of acne prior to or during the menstruation period, you can certainly avoid it getting worse by keeping your face clean and free from oil and adopting a ‘no touching or breaking pimples’ policy.

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  • Abraham

    Dear friends,
    Myself Abraham from kerala and today i would like to tell all friends( who are suffering of acne/pimple problem) a very effective home made treatment for acne.
    I had severe acne problem for the last 5,6 years and i was mentally down that i hesitate to go even outside.This acne problem has severe blow on my confidence level.
    I have a friend called Aparna,an Hindu girl from a well know traditional ayurvedic family in kerala. and she has got really severe acne(even 2 times worse than mine)and one day i noticed that her skin tone is changing,all her skin blemishes and acne,acne scars all disappearing day by day.I was shocked to see that dramatic change and finally i decided to ask her what secret cream she is using.She told me that she is using a special oil which her grandmother prepared specially for her.Since she was a friendly girl she invited me to her home and to meet her very old super grandma(well know ayurvedic lady)
    Here i’m gonna share the ingrediants and procedure for the preparation of grandma’s secret super acne oil.
    1.250ml coconut oil.
    2.50grams of tender Neem leaves(about 50 leaves)
    3.30grams of red sandal powder.
    4.20 grams of tulsi
    5.20 grams of mint leaves
    6.2 lemons.
    7.20grams of vinegar
    8.some guava leaves.
    9.30gram turmeric
    -make a paste of neem+tulsai+mint leaves+guava leaves by adding vinegar instead of water.
    -smash the turmeric into small pieces.
    -pour the oil in steel bowl and heat it gently,add smashed turmeric+red sandal wood powder +lemons( cut the 2 lemons into equally 8 divisions )and stir until it boils and the oil becomes red colour.
    -allow the oil to cool to room temperature.
    -after 10 hours,filter the oil through a sieve(better to use cloth for fine filtering)
    -add the paste of neem+tulsai+mint leaves+guava to the filtered oil and heat the oil and stir it well until it boils.
    -allow the oil to cool
    -next day,filter the oil and now the concentrated oil is ready to use.
    using a cotton ball or with clean fingers you can apply the oil directed on your acne.
    use regularly for 1 week and see the greattttttt MAGIC of this wonderful oil.your skin will glowwww….. all your acne scars will disappear and you will get a very smooth glowing skin.

    • sharanyaa

      really… very thanks dear. very short period those scars will go. i am very happy to read this message. my scars will go from my face.thank for you idea. and your friend grand ma

  • Harsh

    my skin is little beat white but pimples are on my face is spoil my look what is the best and usefull treatment which can i do at home whithout any infaction on my skin???? plz give some suggestion to me and help me for remove this monsters on my face….

  • Enter your name

    hi. Plz help as i m gng thrugh a huge no of acne on my face specialy on the forehead . I tried many thng bt it wouldn’t help me plz suggest me sme better and effective way. Plz.

  • hasana

    Hi can I use two or three remidies at a time

  • neha

    Can pimples due to mensuration cycle be avoided or treated..?