So your acne is gone but as a present it left you some scars. Well, no worries. On this page I’ll explain some simple and effective home remedies for acne scars. These treatments are effective without breaking your bank.
Cinnamon oil contains a substance known as cinnamic acid. Studies show that it’s a skin lightening agent that blocks melanin creation, see the acne scar treatment process at the how to get rid of acne scars page for more info.
Cinnamon oil is an essential oil. That means it’s quite potent and you can’t apply it on the skin as it is, but you have to dilute it. A good idea is to use a few drops of cinnamon oil as part of the oil cleansing method.
Lemon juice is another great home remedy. Lemon juice attacks acne scars from two sides. It acts as a milk chemical peel and thus gets rid of excess pigment that creates those dark spots. Lemon juice also acts as skin lightening agents. For more, please read lemon juice for acne scars page.
Honey is another remedy you should check out. Studies have shown that honey improves wound healing, has antibacterial effects and reduces scarring. Some people even say that honey can act as skin-lightening agent, but I couldn’t find any evidence to back that up.
So honey might not cure acne scars, but it’s a great complementary therapy. It protects the skin from further damage and allows the scars to fade faster.
I’ve received a lot of good feedback on using honey as your daily cleanser. It sounds odd, but give it a try before you bash it. It’s really simple to use. Just scrub plain honey on your face as you would do with any other cleanser. Let it sit for 1 or 2 minutes and then rinse off.
Aloe vera has some potent anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains a substance called aloesin that acts as a skin-lightening agent. All good reasons to treat your acne scars with aloe vera.
Treatment plan idea
Here’s how to use these remedies. Start by washing your face with honey. After that use lemon juice as toner. Finish off by applying aloe vera gel. Use the oil cleansing method with cinnamon oil two to four times per week. It’s not a good idea to use oil cleansing method every day.
- Inhibitory effects of cinnamic acid on melanin biosynthesis in skin
- Natural Products with Skin – Whitening Effects (PDF)
- Honey for wound healing, ulcers, and burns; data supporting its use in clinical practice
- Mushroom Tyrosinase Inhibition Activity of Some Chromones (PDF)