Getting rid of Acne scars can be a real challenge for many. It is estimated that around 85% of young adults worldwide are affected by acne. The condition of acne can vary from mild to severe on a case-by-case basis. Aside from conventional treatments, there are many home remedies available for treating acne and acne scars.

Many factors contribute to the development of acne, some of them

  • genetics
  • stress
  • diet
  • Infections
  • Hormonal changes

Whatever the cause, acne itself brings more stress and frustration to all patients alike. The frustration can cause you to pop or pinch whiteheads, blackheads, or pimples. No matter how irritating it may be, it is highly recommended that you never do it. Pushing and popping will only make the acne condition worse.

Once acne is under control, it always leaves acne scars that are equally stressful and equally difficult to get rid of for young people. It is always recommended to see a doctor. However, there are alternative routes such as home remedies that are effective but may be very slow to show results. Choose the home remedy that suits you and be patient as the results may take time. Properly study the ingredients, if you are allergic to them, do not use them.

Acne Scars and Top 12 Home Remedies to Combat Them

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera, a succulent type of plant, is very popular and used for skin and hair care. The plant can easily be grown in pots and kept indoors. The aloe plant has many medicinal properties that researchers have only just unlocked. The gel extracted from the leaves is widely used in lotions, creams, ointments, and soaps.

Salicylic acid and sulfur in the aloe vera leaves are commonly used to treat acne. Some studies suggest that aloe vera gel, when combined with other substances such as tretinoin cream or tea tree oil, can improve acne.

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How to use it
  • Using a spoon, scrape the gel out of the aloe plant.
  • Apply the gel directly to clean skin and massage in.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse it off.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

OR

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of aloe vear gel and 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil.
  • Apply on scars.
  • Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cold water.
  • Use once a day.

OR

Aloe Vera, Honey and Cinnamon Face Mask

  • Mix the following
    • 2 tablespoons of pure honey
    • 1 tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel
    • 1/4 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • Apply the product to your face as a mask as soon as it is formed.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off

2. lemon

Lemon is widely used for skin and hair care. It acts as a natural bleaching agent and brightens all types of scars from the skin. The lemon also removes dead skin, which encourages new cell growth and improves skin elasticity.

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How to use it
  • Use lemon juice directly on the scars with the help of your fingers or cotton swabs.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse with water.
  • Can be used 1 or 2 times a day

OR

  • Mix the same amount of:
  • Apply to scars with a cotton ball
  • Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes
  • Rinse with water and pat dry
  • Repeat once a day

OR

  • Mix the following:
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
  • Apply the mixture to acne scars before bed
  • Wash it off the next morning
  • Repeat daily

3. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a rich source of vitamin E and fatty acids and is widely used for skin and hair care. The oil can also be used on skin burns and is the best moisturizer for the skin.

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How to use it

• Rub coconut oil into your skin
• Apply warm coconut oil to the scars
• Massage onto the scars for 5 to 10 minutes
• Leave on for an hour or leave on overnight
• Rinse with warm water

OR

  • Mix:
    • Lavender oil
    • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Massage the mixture onto the scars for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Leave on for an hour
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Repeat this once or twice a day until the scars fade.

4th Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E oil, an antioxidant, is used for skin care as it helps in repair.

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How to use it
  • Take the vitamin E gel out of the capsule.
  • Apply directly to the skin
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

OR

  • Mix
    • 1 vitamin E capsule content
    • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • Apply to affected skin before going to bed and leave on overnight
  • Rinse off with warm water in the morning.
  • Repeat daily

5. Baking soda

Baking soda is also commonly used as a mild skin care exfoliant and helps to fade the scar tissue through layers.

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How to use it
  • Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda and put it in a bowl
  • Use water to make a thin paste
  • Apply the mixture on the acne fear
  • Rinse off after 2-3 minutes
  • Repeat once a day

6th Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is used for its many health benefits. The acidic nature helps lighten skin pigmentation, stimulates collagen production, repairs skin cells and also removes dead skin cells.

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How to use it
  • Mix the same amount
    • Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
    • water
  • Apply to the scars by dipping the cotton ball into the mixture
  • Leave on for five minutes
  • Rinse with water
  • Repeat daily

OR

  • Mix
    • 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
    • half a cup of water
    • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Apply to the scars with a cotton ball
  • Let it sit for fifteen minutes before rinsing it off
  • Apply once a day

7th turmeric

Turmeric has magical healing properties when it comes to overall health. Curcumin is the main ingredient that is loaded with skin healing properties. Turmeric is used to cure many health problems and is a natural antibiotic.

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How to use it
  • Mix
    • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
    • Lemon juice
  • Make a paste
  • Apply the mixture on the scars
  • Leave on for 15 minutes
  • Wash it off with warm water
  • Pat dry and apply moisturizer
  • Repeat the process twice a day

OR

  • Mix the following
    • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
    • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
    • 1 teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil
  • Apply on scars and wait for the mixture to dry
  • Wet your fingers and gently scrub off the dry mixture
  • do the washing up
  • Apply the mixture 2-3 times a week

8th. honey

Honey also helps in curing many skin conditions due to its healing and antibiotic properties. Honey is used for skin and hair care.

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How to use it
  • Apply honey directly on the scars
  • Cover with bandage or gauze
  • Leave on overnight
  • Wash off with warm water in the morning
  • Repeat daily before bed

OR

  • Make the following mixture
    • Powder of 2-3 aspirin tablets
    • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • Apply the mixture on scars
  • Leave on for 15 minutes
  • Wash off with lukewarm water
  • Repeat once a day

9. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil is known for its ability to fight bacteria and reduce skin inflammation. Several studies suggest that applying tea tree oil to the skin can reduce acne. The oil must be diluted before application.

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How to use it
  • Make the following mixture:
    • 1 part tea tree oil
    • 9 parts of water
  • Apply the mixture to the affected areas with a cotton ball
  • Repeat the process 1-2 times a day
  • Use a moisturizer if necessary

10. Witch hazel

Witch hazel has a long history of medicinal use, it has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. It is known as one of the best acne remedies. It can be used as gel, wipes, and other beauty products such as toners as part of your daily skin care routine.

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How to use it
  • Combine
    • 1 tablespoon of witch hazel bark and
    • 1 cup of water in a small saucepan.
  • Soak the witch hazel for 30 minutes
  • Bring the mixture to a boil on the stove.
  • Bring to the boil and cook covered for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from the heat and let it rest for another 10 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid and store it in a sealed container.
  • Apply to cleansed skin 1–2 times a day or as desired with a cotton ball.

It’s important to note that commercially made versions may not contain tannins as these are often lost in the distillation process.

11. Green tea

Drinking green tea is good for health, but applying it to the skin can help reduce acne as well. The polyphenols in green tea help fight bacteria and reduce inflammation, which are two main causes of acne.

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How to use it
  • Soak green tea in boiling water for 3–4 minutes.
  • Let the tea cool down.
  • Apply the tea to your skin with a cotton ball or pour it into a spray bottle to splash on.
  • Let it dry, then rinse with water and pat your skin dry.

You can also add the remaining tea leaves to honey and make a mask

12th Wild rose oil

Rose hip oil helps soothe and repair the skin. The gentle face oil also helps with exfoliating and brightens the skin over time. High quality rosehip oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that promote skin rejuvenation and health. It’s great for fighting scars and blemishes left by breakouts

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Note: drink plenty of water

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