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Acne ScarsAcne, a common skin disease in human beings, is known in the medical world as acne vulgaris. It is an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous glands and hair follicles of the skin and is marked by an eruption of pimples or pustules on the face, neck, back, etc. It is most common during adolescence.

Acne Scars:

Scars can form during the end stage of acne. Inflamed blemishes occur when the hair follicle or skin pore becomes swollen with excess oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria. The pores swell, causing a break in the follicle wall. If the rupture occurs near the skin surface, the lesion will be minor and can heal quickly. When the infected material extends into the dermis and destroys healthy skin tissue, it forms scars on the skin. If scars are not treated properly, there is a chance the acne will return as the bacteria in the affected skin will not go away completely.

Acne scars can be ugly. Fight acne and its left-over scars to stay beautiful and confident. These natural, homemade remedies will give you safe and long-lasting treatment to fade acne scars.

Home Remedies for Acne Scars:

1. Fenugreek

Fenugreek is excellent for curing acne and its leftover scars.

Process 1:

  • Take few fresh fenugreek (also known as methi) leaves.
  • Grind or blend them into a fine paste.
  • Apply this paste to the whole face as a mask or simply on the acne scars.
  • Leave the paste on for a few minutes.
  • Wash it off.

Process 2:

  • Boil a small handful of fenugreek seeds for few minutes.
  • Grind the boiled seeds into a fine paste.
  • Apply this paste to acne blemishes.
  • Allow the paste to dry for 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is fairly well known as an acne scarring home remedy. Lemon acts as natural bleach and removes the dark acne scars and blemishes by lightening them. Lemon juice has an acidic property that kills the troublesome skin bacteria and controls excessive oiliness.

Process:

  • Pour freshly squeezed lemon juice on the cotton pad.
  • Apply it to your acne scars.
  • Leave the lemon juice for several minutes, allowing your skin to absorb the juice.
  • Wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Note: Dilute with water if you have sensitive skin.

Check out this post to learn How to Get Rid of Acne Scars Quickly with Lemon.

3. Rosewater & Sandalwood (Overnight)

Rosewater naturally nourishes the skin by killing the acne-causing bacteria, and sandalwood has a cooling property that reduces inflammation of the skin.

Process:

  • Mix sandalwood paste and rosewater to make a fine paste.
  • Apply this paste to your scars.
  • Leave it on overnight.
  • Wash it off with cool water the next morning.
  • You can add few drops of lemon juice to the above paste.

4. Olive Oil

Olive oil has a number of beneficial properties that kill pimple-causing bacteria while deeply nourishing the skin to make it soft and remove scars. It acts as a natural moisturizer and antioxidant that aids in skin repair.

Process:

  • Wash your face with lukewarm water and pat it dry.
  • Pour some olive oil into your hands and gently massage it into your scars.
  • Wait for 2 hours.
  • Wash your face with a glycerin-based face wash.
  • Repeat the process for better results.

Click here to get more information on How To Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Acne Scars and keep your skin healthy.

5. Lemon Juice & Egg White (Overnight)

This is one of my favorite home remedies for acne scars overnight treatments. When mixed with lemon juice, egg whites can help to get rid of acne scars and discoloration. Egg whites nourish the skin naturally and keep it clear of toxins and agents that could cause acne in the future.

Process:

  • Take equal quantities of 1 egg white and lemon juice in a bowl and beat the mixture with a whisk or blender.
  • Mix well to make it as fine a solution as possible.
  • Apply the mixture to the acne scars.
  • Leave it on overnight.
  • Rinse it off the next morning.

6. Mint

Mint is an antioxidant that tones the skin and helps to get rid of scars. The external application of crushed leaves will help fade acne scars, and the internal intake purifies the blood and prevents the reoccurrence of acne.

Process 1:

  • Crush fresh mint leaves and strain the juice in a bowl with the help of a cloth.
  • Apply this to the scarred area.
  • Repeat the process to slowly reduce the appearance of scars.

Process 2:

  • Blend fresh mint leaves into a fine paste (if the paste is too dry, add a few drops of water).
  • Put the mint-leaf paste in a bowl.
  • Apply it based on your skin.
  • For Oily Skin: Mix a tsp. of mint paste with a tsp. of Fuller’s earth (Multani Mitti) or gram flour (besan). Make it a smooth paste by adding rosewater. Apply this as a face mask regularly to control the excess oil and reduce the scars.
  • For Dry Skin: Mix a tsp. of mint-leaf paste by adding a few drops of honey. Make it a smooth paste and apply it to your acne scars. If your skin feels too dry, mix some cream into the paste.
  • For Normal Skin: Wash your face or body where the scars are there and apply the mint paste to the scars. Leave it on overnight. Rinse it off in the next day with normal water.

7. Potato

Potato contains bleaching and antibacterial properties that help to destroy acne. When applied to the skin, potato removes dead skin cells, which cause clogged skin pores, and helps to promote new, healthy skin cells and remove acne scars.

Process:

  • Take a slice of raw potato.
  • Rub it on the scars.
  • Or, blend raw potatoes and apply the juice to your acne scars for clearer skin.

8. Turmeric Powder & Mint

Turmeric has an antibacterial property, and mint has a healing property. They can be combined to quickly get rid of your acne scar problem.

Process:

  • Make a fine paste by mixing turmeric powder with mint juice.
  • Apply it to your acne scars.
  • Let it sit for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with warm water.

9. Baking Soda

Baking soda has an excellent exfoliating property, and when applied, it dries the oil trapped in the skin and prevents marks and scars.

Process:

  • Take 2 tbsp. of baking soda and 1 tbsp. of water.
  • Mix it well to make a fine paste.
  • Apply it to your face as a mask.
  • Allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  • The process should be repeated twice a week for better results.

Baking soda has incredible anti-inflammatory properties, helps to clear acne scars quickly, and prevents hyper-pigmentation. Check out this post to know how to use Baking Soda for Acne Scars.

10. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains a component that absorbs excessive oil on the skin. It also has a cleansing property and works as an exfoliating agent.

Process 1:

  • Take oatmeal powder and rosewater.
  • Mix them well in a bowl to make a fine paste.
  • Apply it to your face as a mask.
  • Leave for 15 minutes
  • Wash it off with normal water.
  • You can mix in honey to make it more effective.

Process 2:

  • Take 1/4 cup of oats and 2 tbsp. of honey.
  • Mix it well to make a fine paste.
  • Apply this gently to your scars.
  • Let it sit for about 15 minutes
  • Wash it off with normal water.

11. Gram Flour

Gram flour, or besan, exfoliates the dead skin and allows for a fresh layer to replace it. Thus, it reduces the scars and brightens the skin.

Process:

  • Take 2 tbsp. of gram flour, 1 tbsp. of buttermilk, 1 tbsp. of rosewater and a pinch of turmeric powder.
  • Mix them well in a bowl to make a fine paste.
  • Apply it to your face as a mask.
  • Let it dry for a few minutes.
  • Rinse it off with water.
  • The process has to be repeated once a week for good results.

12. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil kills bacteria, which are the common cause of acne flare-ups, to prevent acne scars. It will penetrate the skin to unblock excess sebum, disinfect pores, and lighten scars.

Process:

  • Take a few drops of tea tree oil.
  • Apply oil to the scars by massaging it in gently.
  • Get rid of the scars by repeating the process.

Do you need a natural, affordable, and effective way of erasing acne scars without causing unwanted side effects? Read more about How to use Tea Tree Oil for Acne Scars here.

13. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that help to heal the scars quickly. It eliminates excess oil and hydrates the skin.

Process:

  • Take a fresh aloe vera leaf (if it is available) or juice (from a department store).
  • Squeeze the juice/gel from the aloe vera leaf.
  • Apply the juice/gel on the scars.
  • Let it sit for few minutes and then wash it off.
  • Or, leave it on (it won’t harm you).

Regular application of Aloe Vera fights with acne bacteria, repairs damaged skin, accelerate the healing process and lightens acne scars. Check out various methods on How to Use Aloe Vera for Acne Scars.

14. Yogurt

Yogurt contains lactic acid, which has natural alpha hydroxy acids. As a compound of milk, yogurt also has exfoliating effects that rejuvenate the skin and reduce acne scars.

Process 1:

  • Apply yogurt to your scars.
  • Let it sit for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with normal water.

Process 2:

  • Blend a cucumber and add yogurt to it.
    Mix well and apply on acne scars.
    Leave for 15 minutes and wash it off with water.

15. Papaya

Papaya contains vitamin A (an antioxidant) and papain, which breaks down the inactive proteins and removes the dead skin cells. Papaya makes a great skin-firming and anti-aging mask as it helps to reduce scars, blemishes, and dark spots and promotes the growth of new skin cells.

Process:

  • Make papaya juice using a blender or purchase juice from the store.
  • Apply the juice to your acne scars.
  • Leave it on for few minutes.
  • Wash it off with normal water.
  • Repeat the process to get rid of the problem.

16. Cucumber

Cucumber is a natural astringent that helps to open the pores and remove dirt and oil, which cause acne. It has anti-inflammatory properties that cool the skin and reduce the redness of acne scars. In addition to its soothing properties, cucumber is rich in vitamins A, B1, and C, which also help fade scars.

Process:

  • Blend a skinned cucumber to make a fine juice.
  • Apply the juice to your scars using a cotton ball.
  • Repeat the process once a day to quickly heal scars.

17. Honey

Honey acts as a natural and soothing antiseptic to remove acne scars and regenerate your skin.

Process 1:

  • Take raw organic honey and apply it to your scars.
  • Leave it on overnight.
  • Wash it off the next morning.

Process 2:

  • Put a few drops of honey in a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of lemon juice to the honey.
  • Gently massage it onto your acne scars.
  • Leave it for few minutes.
  • Wash it off.

Click here to get great tips on How To Use Honey for Acne Scars.

18. Ice

Due to its natural cooling effect, ice helps to reduce the redness, swelling, and inflammation of acne. It also helps to reduce the size of acne scars by tightening the skin with its numbing effect.

Process:

  • Wrap few ice cubes in a cloth.
  • Gently rub the ice-filled cloth on the scars.
  • Continue this process to heal the acne scars quickly.

19. Vitamin E Oil or Capsules

Vitamin E oil is rich in antioxidants and has a powerful skin-refreshing property that helps to heal scars.

Note: Make sure to do a patch test to check for any allergic reactions.

Process:

  • First, steam your face to open up the skin pores.
  • Extract the vitamin E capsule, which is available at medical stores.
  • Apply the oil to your face or acne scars using a circular motion.
  • Massage it gently for 10 minutes.
  • Allow it to sit for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Wash it off with a mild cleanser.

Check out this post to find out How To Remove Acne Scars With Coconut Oil and How To Lighten Acne Scars With Castor Oil.

20. Curd

What natural acne scar treatments list would be complete without curd?! Curd acts as a mild bleaching agent. The fat content in natural curd acts as a good moisturizer and helps to tighten the skin as well to reduce the acne scars. People with sensitive skin can also use this option as it is milder and has a soothing property.

Process:

  • Take a bowl full of curd
  • Gently massage your skin with the curd using your hands.
  • Leave it on for few minutes and rinse it off.
  • This curd will help to lighten scars and make your skin softer.
  • The process has to be repeated regularly to get best results.

21. Orange Peel

Orange peel contains retinol, which rejuvenates the skin. Retinol encourages natural exfoliation by removing the dead skin cells. It also stimulates the collagen production and helps rebuild or repair the cells so that acne scars will disappear and healthy, glowing skin will remain.

Process:

  • Take orange peels and dry them under the sun.
  • Make a fine powder with the dried orange peels.
  • If you have dry skin, mix the peel powder with lotion. If your skin is oily, mix the orange peel powder with rosewater.
  • Make a paste and apply it to your acne scars.
  • Leave it for a few minutes and rinse it off with clean water.

22. Tomato & Cucumber

Tomatoes are rich in vitamins A and C as well as sulphur. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamin A, which acts as an antioxidant and removes impurities in the pores. This refreshes the skin and removes acne scars. Combined, they tighten the skin, control oil secretion, and reduce acne scars.

Process:

  • Take tomatoes and cucumber in equal quantities.
  • Make a fine paste using a blender.
  • Apply that paste to your scars.
  • Leave it for about half an hour.
  • Wash it off.
  • Repeat regularly for better results.

23. Lemon with Almond Oil and Honey

Lemons are rich in vitamin C, which helps in the synthesis of collagen in the body, resulting in healthy, scar-free skin. Almond oil acts as a moisturizer, and honey soothes the scars.

Process:

  • Take one tbsp. each of lemon juice, honey, and almond oil.
  • Mix them well.
  • Apply this mixture to your scars.
  • Leave it for a few minutes and rinse it off.
  • Do the process regularly for a week.

24. Neem Leaves

Neem has alkaloids with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. It also cleanses the body of toxins and prevents acne scars.

Process:

  • Take a few neem leaves and apply the directly to the affected part of the skin.
  • After a few hours, remove them.
  • Continue the process to see good results.

25. Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar scrapes off the old, dead cells from the pores of the skin and has an antiseptic property that diminishes scars.

Process:

  • Take a few drops of vinegar and dilute them with a small amount of water.
  • Apply this ACV solution to the scars with the help of a cotton ball.
  • Leave it for few minutes and wash it with normal water.

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent remedy for removing acne and its scars. Check out this post to find out How to Cure Acne Scars Quickly with Apple Cider Vinegar.

How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars Naturally:

Listed below are a few additional tips for preventing and reducing acne scars. Follow these tips to get the best results in eliminating acne scars.

  • Hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water and fresh fruit & vegetable juices.
  • Use acne scrubs regularly.
  • Don’t touch the acne-affected area with your hands as this can spread the harmful bacteria and aggravates the problem.
  • Wash your face daily with clean water to keep the skin clean and free from dirt and oil.
  • The use of throwaway wipes is suggested, and make sure not to share your clothes, towels, or napkins with others.
  • Avoid oily products and sweets, carbohydrates, and high-calorie foods, which increase the problem.
  • Use lightweight, non-greasy, and oil-free cosmetics to prevent clogged pores.
  • Coconut water is also helpful in healing acne scars. You can either drink it or apply it to the affected areas.
  • Stress causes hormonal changes, which further increase the problem of acne and its scars. Avoid stress by exercising regularly and doing yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.
  • Include raw fruits, fresh vegetables, green leafy vegetables, dairy products, vitamin A, iron supplements, carrots, broccoli, squash, fish, liver, fortified cereals, etc. in your diet.
  • Use an aspirin (which contains salicyclic acid) mask by taking 2-3 aspirin tablets and dissolving them in a little bit of water. Put that paste on your affected areas and wait for 15 minutes. Rinse it off.
  • Soak sandalwood in a water for few hours. Apply it on scar with cotton ball and leave on overnight. Repeat regularly.
  • Sun makes the scars darker and increases the time it takes to fade them. Use a sunblock lotion with SPF 15 or higher.

Do you know any other remedies which worked for you? Do not forget to share with us.

30 comments
    1. It is difficult to tell as everyone’s skin and healing capacity is different. Try baking soda method regularly to see the results.

    1. Try the above mentioned remedies and apart from that eat a nutritional diet, exfoliate regularly and avoid oily, sugarey and fatty foods.

    1. Choose any remedy mentioned above in the article and try it regularly. Apart from that exfoliate regularly to remove the accumulated dead skin.

  1. How to get rid off from til (black dots)
    Plz give me method its increasing day by day
    What method i have to use for removing all black dots from my skin
    Plz suggest mam

  2. Hi! I would like to know if I have to follow only one remedy everyday for better results or if I can switch day to day from one remedy to another. I have very bad acne scars and would like to know witch one is more appropriate for faster results than others.

    1. Choose one method among them as per your convenience and try it regularly for few weeks. If you don’t find any positive results, switch to another method and follow it. It is difficult for us to choose one as everyone’s skin type is different. The method which works for me may not work for you and vice versa. So try any remedy for few remedies until you come to a conclusion on it.

  3. I am 17 years old. I have many acnes and black spots caused by acnes . How can I get rid from those problems in minimum time.

    1. The time frame for healing the acne scars and acne depends on a person’s skin type and healing capacity. For treating acne, you can follow any remedies mentioned in this article – http://homeremediesforlife.com/acne/. For acne spots, try any method mentioned above. For more effective results, eat a nutritional diet, avoid junk foods, drink plenty of water and exfoliate regularly.

  4. I am 21years old. i have a black spot on my face . how much time will it take to remove from my face.I don’t face acne problems usually as but sometimes it develops and it fades usually in a month or few weeks.But it’s winter and i am scared of the dark spot . please tell me how long will it take to fade. l have normal skin.

    1. You can try baking soda methods mentioned in the above article to lighten the dark spot. It is difficult to tell the exact time as it depends on the skin’s healing capacity. So, try it regularly with some patience until you achieve the results.

    1. Combine enough amounts of baking soda and water to make a paste. Massage the mixture on the nose and other areas where you have whiteheads. After 5 minutes, leave it on for another few minutes and rinse off with water. Repeat the process 3 times in a week to notice the results.

  5. I had a bad acne since I was 18 . After few years year I started out aleo Vera gel every night now my is better than before.I have some acne scars on face but not really like before. So I have question can I use aloe Vera +honey+lemon for acne scars because my skin is oily so honey is good for oily skin or not.

    1. Yes, you can use the combination of honey, aloe vera and lemon to treat acne scars. Honey is good for oily skin. It helps to moisturize and nourish the skin without making it oily or greasy.

  6. I am 24 years old and have recently started having very bad acne, which worsens every month and, of course, leaves scars. I did not have acne problems during puberty. I moved to a colder country for graduate studies, and it is admittedly very stressful. I have tried everything from egg to lemon to essential oils for months, nothing seems to work. Can you please advise me?

    1. Apart from trying home remedies like egg or lemon, exfoliate and moisturize the affected areas regularly for achieving the results.

  7. Need your help
    I have a lot acne over my face my skin is too oily. I used many home remedies and is using aloe Vera now but it’s more than 1year the scars are not going. Now what should I do ?
    And also at night I m using ointments like Dipsalic-F
    But still the acne is not going away.

  8. I have oily and sansetive skin
    n much pimples and pimples marks and brown spots
    pls give me solution

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