Acne scars can cause varying degrees of disfiguration on the skin. Whilst there are many limitations in treating indented scars, pigmented scars like a dark acne scar is easier to treat with the right approach. Dark acne scars can be a little stubborn as they are the result of lesions that took longer time to heal and which could have been constantly picked. You just need to find the right method for your individual skin type.
Natural Methods to Remove Dark Acne Scars
vitamin C serum
Vitamin C can help build collagen and promotes healing,” says Dr. Shah.serum is a combination of pure L-ascorbic acid, which is vitamin C and absorbs into the skin so that it continues working even long after it dries.”
Take a medium sized tomato and squeeze the juice from it, add one tablespoon of lemon juice to the tomato juice and stir the mixture well. Apply on the face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse the face with warm water.
Cucumbers are a popular ingredient in facial treatments for good reason. This vegetable is not only super hydrating, cucumber also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and magnesium – all of which are great for your skin. To use this treatment for healing acne scars just pick up an organic cucumber from your local market, cut off a few thin slices, and lay them over your scarred skin. After about thirty minutes, discard the cucumber slices and rinse your face with cool water. Repeat daily as desired.
Vitamin E encourages cell regeneration and hence helps in removing the dark scars with frequent application. Vitamin E can be applied and massaged gently into the skin for a few minutes. It is best to leave it overnight so that the skin gets enough time to absorb the oil. Massaging also helps in improved blood flow and softening of the scar tissue.
Honey is a great natural solution for clearing up pimples and reducing the red marks they leave behind. This is because honey contains antibacterial properties and helps to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Raw or manuka honey is the most effective. It can be dabbed directly onto the scarred area,
Flax Seed Oil
Rich in omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, flax seeds too encourage cell growth and hence must be consumed on a regular basis when you have scars that are stubborn. Intake of flax seeds will help in good circulation and flow of blood to the skin and this will prevent bacterial infection as well.
Potato juice and honey
Take a small potato and grate it; mix it with some honey and dab onto the dark spots. You can also apply the pack to your whole face.Wash the pack with plain water after 15 minutes. You can also rub the potato slices directly over the dark spots, leave it for 15 minutes and then wash off. Squeezing out the juice of potato and then using it directly onto the spots can also be effective.
Ways To Remove Dark Acne Scars
Skin lighteners help in breaking down the melanin concentration on the acne scar and finally the acne scar will be several shades lighter than it originally was. Lightening creams with vitamin C, licorice, arbutin etc. are known to help a lot.
Hydroquinone is another effective treatment method for inhibiting melanin production. However, if you have decided on using hydroquinone make sure that you don’t have a sensitive skin as it can be very harsh on the skin.
In a chemical peel treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, leading it to blister and eventually peel off. The new skin is usually smoother than the old skin. Chemical peels can be applied to face and neck and is often effective on mild scarring and fine lines. This technique is not recommended for deep scars. People with darker skin may notice some discoloration after a chemical peel.
Dermabrasion is the process in which the top layers of skin are sloughed off using an abrasive material so that new skin growth is encouraged. The epidermis and some portions of the dermis are removed with the help of crystals or sand particles which are used for the abrasive treatment. Dermabrasion treatment can again be mild or deep. Deep dermabrasion demands more time for recovery and is very aggressive as well. In a manual dermabrasion procedure, the dermatologist sloughs off the top layers manually using silicone carbide sand paper.