Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Alex Raffanti and Sheetal Rawal
Acne scars seem impossible to get rid of. The acne is gone, yet there is still an annoying mark in its place. These marks are also called post-inflammation acne scars or blemishes. They leave the skin less than spotless, shall we say, and in many cases can be more bothersome than an active acne spot. This is mainly because these acne scars take much longer to fade, while an active acne spot tends to heal faster.
When acne is a continuous issue, the infection or inflammation does not have time to fully heal before the new acne forms. Thus at any given time, the skin suffers from active acne as well as scars and marks from previous acne. Overlapping breakouts, in general, are more prone to scarring. Or let’s say that the scars and marks are more localized to a certain area of the face (that is more prone to acne) and thus the issue looks more pronounced than if they were more spread out.
Acne scars are not necessarily caused by the actual infection of the acne, but the body’s response to fighting the acne. Scars are the body’s natural reaction to infections or wounds, but sometimes the scars do not have enough time to completely heal before another infection breaks out. Once an active infection subsides, scars and marks are like the sore reminders that nobody likes. The most reliable way to remove and reduce acne scars is the most obvious one. Take a grassroots approach to your skin care and be sure you are addressing the root cause of the issue. In this case, it will mean having a natural daily and weekly skin care routine to address acne. When acne is gone, guess what! Acne scars don’t stand much of a chance either.
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Here are some tips and methods to remove acne scars using easily available natural ingredients.
1. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice has skin exfoliation, antioxidant and astringent properties, which makes it excellent for fading acne scars and making room for healthier cells to come to surface. Used as a natural exfoliant, lemon juice helps remove the dead skin cells that built up to form the scar. The vitamin C in lemon juice can help reverse free radical damage to the skin as well.
Squeeze a lemon and mix equal parts lemon juice with aloe vera juice and apply it directly onto the scars. Leave on for about 12-15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water and then apply your serum and lotion right after.
When using lemon juice, I want to be sure to caution you that it does have skin drying properties when used too often. Every usage of lemon juice must be followed with your serum and lotion to eliminate the chances of dryness, which is only counterproductive as far as recovery from acne is concerned.
Hope these tips and easy methods come in handy and work their magic for you all. A very important tip we want to leave you all with: do not pop or pick at your pimples! By doing this you can push the pore-clogging material deeper into the skin, increasing the chances of forming a truly stubborn scar. Popping can also spread bacteria around to the other areas of your skin, thus increasing the chances of new acne.
Take the hands-free approach, and yes try these remedies to see which ones work best for your unique skin type.
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Go natural. It is good karma!