Having acne and acne scars isn’t just uncomfortable. They can also make you too conscious about the way you look. In severe cases, they can even make you too shy to interact with other people. This can affect your daily activities, relationships as well as your work.
If this sounds exactly like you, here are 6 easy, yet effective, ways to make your skin issues a lot less visible.
Baking soda isn’t only great as an ingredient to your favorite recipe; it also makes a good acne scar solution. It features mild exfoliating properties which can help stimulate skin cell regeneration and repair.
In addition to that, baking soda is also amphoteric in nature. This means that it can work either as a base or acid.
Being amphoteric, baking soda can help neutralize your skin’s pH level to prevent future breakouts. And for any existing acne you have, this natural solution also has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to help decrease the size of your pimples.
Get a few tablespoons of baking soda and add enough water to make a paste. Massage the mixture on your acne and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing with water.
When massaging, use your ring fingers as they exert the least pressure. Massage in small, circular motions to stimulate better blood flow. Improved circulation means faster healing and more nutrients reaching your problem areas.
When using this tip, keep in mind that baking soda can be drying. Make sure to apply a good moisturizer after.
Lemon is one of the best ingredients you can use for an acne face mask. It naturally contains vitamin C which is known to increase collagen production.
Collagen can boost your skin’s elasticity and give you a smoother complexion.
Vitamin C can also lighten dark spots. So, apart from acne scars, you can also use lemon to make sun spots and melasma appear lighter.
Get one tablespoon of lemon juice, almond oil, milk and honey. Mix these ingredients well and apply the mixture on the affected areas.
For a more potent solution, you can use plain lemon juice on your acne scars. Make sure you don’t have extra sensitive skin before you attempt this remedy- else, you’ll get a redder and more irritated skin.
Don’t throw away that orange peel just yet!
Apparently, orange peel has the same benefits you can get from lemon. It can facilitate skin repair by boosting your skin’s natural collagen production.
Apart from that, orange peel is also popular for containing retinol. When applied on the skin, it provides a natural and mild exfoliation by getting rid of the dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin.
As these dead skin cells get removed, your skin gets brighter and your scars become lighter.
Before use, place your orange peel under the sun to dry it out. You can also use a food dehydrator to make the process quicker.
Once dried, place it in your food processor to turn it into a fine powder. Transform it into a paste by adding just enough rosewater.
Apply the mixture on your scars and allow to dry for a few minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and make sure to repeat application daily.
If you haven’t considered increasing your omega-3 fatty acid intake- you’re missing out on the good stuff.
Aside from applying anti-acne products and natural remedies, being more careful about what you eat can also help decrease the appearance of your scars. Eating healthy foods, in general, can help prevent future breakouts, too.
Omega-3 fatty acids specifically have antioxidant properties to help keep inflammation at bay. It can also increase your skin’s suppleness to keep you younger-looking and glowing.
Good sources of omega-3 include flax seeds, walnuts and sardines. Eating salmon, shrimp and tuna can also add to your daily dose of the fatty acid.
While the idea of applying egg whites on your face can make you cringe, they actually work well in decreasing acne scars and spots. Egg whites contain amino acids as well as protein to tighten up your skin.
By tightening your pores, you won’t only get to heal your scars but you can actually prevent new zits from popping on your skin. They can help even out your skin tone, too.
Take three egg whites and whip them up until they get fluffy. Apply it lightly on your skin, focusing on your troubled areas.
Wait for the egg whites to completely dry before rinsing with lukewarm water. To get this remedy’s full effect, try repeating the process two to three times a week.
If you are looking for a quick solution to make your scars less noticeable, your best bet is to use a concealer. However, before you actually invest in one, make sure you know how to choose the right shade.
Using a concealer that’s too light or too dark against your natural skin color can only make your blemishes stand out.
Ideally, you should use a concealer that matches the exact shade of your skin or your foundation. You can go one shade lighter but never darker.
Apply the concealer sparingly. Using too much concealer can only highlight your problem areas.
If you are considering using a foundation over your concealer, make sure that it offers full coverage. The best foundation for acne should also contain acne-fighting ingredients.
In case your blemishes are reddish, you can use a color correcting concealer. A green tinted one can neutralize any redness you have on your skin.
Apply your concealer using an eyeliner brush for precision. Blend the product on your skin using your fingers, paying more attention to its edges.
For a more flawless result, get an eyeshadow brush and set your concealer with a translucent powder. This extra step can keep your makeup longer lasting.
Hannah Do is the founder of Thank Your Skin, a beauty blog dedicated to provide honest skin care advice and information. She aspires to help her readers achieve their most beautiful skin by sharing personal tips learned through both years of experience and thorough research. Check out her latest article. You can find her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.