How to Heal Acne Scars Naturally, At Home
For all us acne-suffering queens and kings out there – good news! There are very effective ways to heal acne scars naturally and at home. This was a revelation for me because I had some bad scars. Acne left behind red, brown, deep, raised – all kinds of marks on my face.
They weren’t the most terrible acne scars, but they sure were bad.
A lot of people advised me to do a lot of things, including lots of natural remedies to fade these acne scars. My research led me to do a lot of things too. So here’s some of that information distilled into what worked for me in getting rid of acne scars.
The first part of the post is the top 5 DIY Face Masks that work for Acne Scars. That’s followed by a section on what ingredients to look for in products, to help fight acne and acne scarring at home, including store-bought cleansers, toners, exfoliators, moisturizers and face masks.
If you’ve ever asked yourself how to fade or remove acne scars using natural ingredients and at home, I really hope this article gives you a solution.
Table of Contents
- 1 Top 5 DIY Face Masks to Fade Acne Scars
- 2 Top Ingredients to Look Out for in Store-Bought Products
- 3 Useful Products for Removing Acne Scars At Home
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Top 5 DIY Face Masks to Fade Acne Scars
The best guideline to these acne face masks is to pick one of the options, and stick with it – doing it twice or thrice a week (if it suits you) until you see results.
Everybody’s skin type as well as extent of acne scarring is vastly different, but you should expect good improvements at the very least after the first four weeks of use.
All of these masks work whether you have active acne + acne scarring, or just acne scarring alone, but exercise some caution with the second mask. I would suggest not using lemon juice, and just applying aloe vera gel on active acne multiple times a day everyday, to really fasten the healing process.
Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) + Sandalwood Powder + Rose water
This natural remedy has been around for decades in Asian households. This is the traditional way to heal acne scars at home, naturally.
Take 1 tbsp of Fuller’s Earth, 1 tbsp of Sandalwood Powder and about a tablespoon of rose water (just enough to make a thick paste.)
Apply it in a uniform layer onto your cleansed face using a brush, preferably. You only want a thin layer of the stuff, you don’t have to pile it on.
Gently remove the mask with a warm washcloth 15 minutes after it fully dries on your face.
Aloe Vera + Lemon
This is a good option for people with oily skin, or in humid weather. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Using your fingers, spread the mixture evenly, all over your face.
You can keep it on for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.
It may be a good idea to moisturize afterwards. Also, for people with active acne, you can just use the aloe vera on your face (or even a spot treatment) and skip the lemon juice.
Turmeric + Cream/Yogurt
Particularly helpful for dry-skinned people, add half a teaspoon of turmeric to a tablespoon of full-fat cream or thick yogurt.
The reason we don’t use too much turmeric is because we don’t want to come out of this looking like a Simpson (which believe me, I’ve been there)!
Apply a thin layer on to your face and keep it on for about 10-15 minutes and then wash it off.
This one can really make your skin GLOW. I believe this is because of the action of lactic acid as a mild chemical exfoliating agent.
This works on cystic acne too.
Baking Soda + Coconut Oil
Now, when I say coconut oil, you want to use extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil, because that’s the kind that’s non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog your pores, so helps heal acne instead of causing it).
This mask is great for dry skinned people, to help them heal acne scars naturally. Take a teaspoon of baking soda in a tablespoon of coconut oil, and make a mixture.
Put this on using your hands, rubbing VERY gently in small circles all over your face.
You can take a warm to hot washcloth to wipe it off after 5-10 minutes and then make sure to rinse your face at the end with a splash of cold water.
Nothing beats the power of unfiltered, RAW honey for acne and acne scars. Honey itself is a potent anti-microbial, and added to that, it helps heal acne scarring too.
Simply take enough honey to cover your face in a thin layer. You may leave this on for 30 minutes or so (people even leave it on overnight! That’s GREAT for your skin if you don’t mind sticky pillowcases!)
Take a warm washcloth and gently rub your face to get the honey off. End the process by splashing cold water.
Top Ingredients to Look Out for in Store-Bought Products
If DIY isn’t your thing, or you’ve been there done that and it’s not working out for you, you might like to try out some products.
Now if you’ve got major acne and scarring, the best thing might be to visit a doctor first.
Also, another great precursor before looking at products to heal your skin, is really understanding your acne; where it’s coming from, what are some of the root causes that could be likely and a check on the food you consistently put into your body.
It’s a much smarter approach to figure out the answer to those issues along with investing in good products and treatment.
Now, something that has helped my scarring beyond measure is Retinol. Retinol does its magic thing by unclogging pores, pulling out the dead skin and gunk and not letting them block pores. It’s an anti-inflammatory so it helps with redness too.
This stuff decreased the redness by a whole 50% in the first WEEK of me using it.
It is pretty potent so I would advise you to read up on it, do your own research and do patch tests before use. Also VERY important to use it at night, and wash your face well in the morning before exposure to the sun, and also use a good SPF in your AM skincare routine.
Non-Comedogenic Moisturizing Oils
Another thing that has helped me – Rosehip Oil. Rosehip oil doubles up as a wonderful moisturizer. For me, I’ve also noticed it helped my acne heal faster too, aside from helping calm the redness of my scars. I never needed more than a couple of drops, which I would just add to my sunscreen.
Squalene oil (oil derived from olives, but not olive oil) is another ingredient that’s a non-comedogenic moisturizer. You just have to use a couple of drops of this for your skin to achieve that dewy glow.
The fourth thing which helped me with acne was Azelaic Acid. This is something commonly found in fermented grains such as barley etc. This helped me a lot with acne and discoloration. This compound essentially inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria on the one hand, and on the other, it keeps pores unblocked.
To an extent, lactic acid (which is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA) helped me reduce scars and pigmentation too. I’ve found it generally helps brighten up my skin. The face mask with turmeric and cream has that effect on my skin. So you might like to try some products containing lactic acid. Glycolic acid is another AHA which will help with acne scars.
BHAs or Beta Hydroxy Acids are great chemical exfoliating options for acne prone skin. They also do wonders on blackhead and whitehead prone skin. An example of a BHA is Salicylic Acid.
Useful Products for Removing Acne Scars At Home
I am linking some products by category which I’ve personally used and that have helped me.