Looking for acne scars treatments that work? You've come to the right place. Get ready to discover how these high-performing remedies leave your skin looking flawless and radiant and how we use these ingredients in our skincare. Let's dive in!
The healing properties of Aloe Vera
The best way to heal acne scars is by moisturizing and soothing; Aloe Vera achieves these two things… and then some. The antioxidants in Aloe Vera work for acne scars by aiding your body’s healing process and reducing swelling and redness, while its natural astringent properties remove excess oil and dead cells. This is why we include it in our formulas to balance other powerful ingredients like in our Retinol Night Cream, Rejuvenating Niacinamide Elixir, and as a key ingredient in our Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
The great thing about Aloe is that it doesn't need measurements. Get your hands on a plant, it requires minimal upkeep, we promise. Just scrape the pulp off the leaf, lather over the scar, and cover it with some cling film. It might feel weird and sticky, but your skin will thank you for it.
Tip: Us Miami girls know that Aloe Vera is great to treat sunburns, although we use SPF every day, it’s good to know this helps when the inevitable burn occurs. It also works wonders on your hair!
Coconut Oil for its moisturizing abilities
Is Coconut Oil good for acne scars? Yes. Its natural antibacterial and moisture-retention properties make it a great ingredient to heal acne scars. A word of caution for acne-prone beauties: use only in the area you want to treat. Too much pure Coconut Oil might just cause a breakout here and there if you don't control your usage, and as recommended with all new formulas, patch test first!
Our favorite way to use Coconut Oil? Our Collagen Moisturizer with SPF also, dab some oil on our lips and brows in the morning to keep your face looking fresh.
Baking Soda’s exfoliating properties
How can Baking Soda help remove acne scars? By balancing your pH and acting as a natural exfoliator, eliminates dead skin cells without damaging the skin around the scar. Use two parts water and one part Baking Soda to make a paste and scrub it on the affected area, rinse thoroughly after a minute.
Physical exfoliators like these can be too harsh for some skin types, there are more gentle ways to achieve this with chemical exfoliators such as Salicylic Acid, available in our Purifying BHA Toner.
If promoting cell renewal is your main goal, try a gentle dose of Retinol, around 0.1%.
Apple Cider Vinegar does it all?
Apple Cider Vinegar has been touted as an all-around natural ingredient for everything from managing blood sugar to cleaning solutions to skin care for its ability to balance the skin’s PH, lighten hyperpigmentation, stimulate circulation, fight acne-causing bacteria, and gently exfoliate skin due to its malic acid content.
However, applying apple cider vinegar directly to the skin is strongly ill-advised and can cause chemical burns. Try diluting it with 1 part vinegar and 4 parts water for a simple yet effective DIY facial cleanser. Avoid using it in combination with retinol.
If chemical burn risk is not your thing, try our sulfate-free Gentle Foaming Cleanser with moisturizing and antioxidant properties.
Onion Extract for inflammation?
If you don’t mind a little sting, another DIY option for you is Onion Extract, it may help reduce inflammation in the skin and prevent redness as well as possibly decrease scar sizes. Some over-the-counter scar creams contain onion extract for this reason. Before rubbing an onion on your face, note that this ingredient is only effective when properly formulated.
Alternatively, our go-to ingredient for reducing inflammation and soothing redness is Witch Hazel, a main ingredient of our Purifying Toner with BHA which we recommend for acne-prone skin for its deep cleansing properties without drying out your skin of its much-needed oils.
- DIY Remedies are having a comeback: natural solutions like pure Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Apple Cider Vinegar that are popular home skincare strategies.
- Listen to Your Skin: DIY is captivating, but it's vital to tread carefully. Always do a patch test and when in doubt, consult a dermatologist. Remember, each skin type has its own tale to tell and deserves personalized care.
- Balance is key: Embrace science-backed heroes like Retinol, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Niacinamide, known for their role in refining texture, fading discoloration, boosting collagen, and smoothing scars. The magic is in combining these lab made formulas with the best ingredients found in nature is the way to go.
Honey brightens and heals
Honey's moisturizing and antifungal properties and how it stimulates tissue regeneration make it a popular ingredient to mix into your skin care. In its raw, unpasteurized form, Honey contains trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide that give it mild lightening properties, which is particularly helpful when it comes to resolving pesky post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation.
Make sure you mix it with water to reduce stickiness and avoid it in or around the eye area. Our preferred ingredient for brightening hyperpigmentation is the combination of Vitamin C + E found in our Serum, which also contains Ferulic Acid, Goto Kola, Pomegranate Extract, and Hyaluronic Acid.
Is Lemon the best source of Vitamin C?
While the acidic properties of lemons seem like they'd be a natural fit for acne, applying lemon juice directly to the skin can cause more harm than good. There are more effective and readily tolerable treatments available, so we don't see a place for it in anyone's skincare routine.
The primary ingredient in lemon juice that's worth calling out for skincare purposes is citric acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid, that acts as an exfoliator. Lemon juice is also a good source of ascorbic acid—which you likely know as vitamin C—a powerful antioxidant, known for helping combat hyperpigmentation caused by acne scarring as well.
While we love using vitamin C topically, there are gentler and more efficient ways of delivering it to the skin such as Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THD) both found in our Vitamin C + E Serum along with other skin-loving and brightening ingredients.
Essential Oils for acne?
Essential oils have some of the most powerful acne-fighting ingredients that will also aid in lightening your dark spots naturally.
Tea Tree Oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties to stop breakouts in their tracks and help heal skin, we love including it in our Purifying BHA Facial Toner.
Lavender Oil, combats irritation and inflammation and speeds up the skin's repairing process that's why we use it in our Retinol Night Cream
When it comes to carrier oils choose Jojoba Oil for dry or acne-prone skin, it is non-comedogenic so it won't clog pores and is rich in flavonoids and Vitamin E, this is excellent at helping treat scars and gradually reduce their redness and appearance, you can find it in our Day + Night Hyaluronic Cream, while Vitamin E is a Key ingredient in our Vitamin C + E Serum and Collagen Moisturizer with SPF 20.
Shea Butter moisturizes and brightens skin?
We all know Shea Butter is commonly used to prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks, so why wouldn’t it work on scars? Apart from moisturizing, nourishing, and soothing the skin, it can help brighten your skin due to its antioxidant benefits.
If you can find unfiltered raw Shea Butter, use that instead of any refined version which will be less potent.
Turmeric Powder for discoloration
Turmeric is great for acne scars specifically because it contains curcumin, a compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce excess production of melanin, which adds pigmentation to your scar and makes it darker. This treats discoloration and helps skin glow. It’s also an antiseptic so it smooths your skin without irritation.
Use it with some of that Honey we mentioned earlier! Just add equal parts Honey and Turmeric (1 tsp each) and keep it on for about 20 minutes to allow the paste to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.
If you keep the area clean and moisturized, manage inflammation and redness, and provide plenty of antioxidants, you should effectively improve acne scars over time with consistent use.
While home remedies can offer benefits for skincare, incorporating specific ingredients has proven effective in reducing the appearance of acne scars like
- Retinol aids in improving skin texture and reducing discoloration
- Vitamin C brightens the skin and promotes collagen synthesis, helping to fade scars.
- Hyaluronic acid provides hydration and plumpness, which can help minimize the visibility of scars
- Niacinamide aids in improving overall skin texture and reducing inflammation.
- Exfoliating ingredients like Salicylic Acid can also help fade acne scars by promoting cell turnover and revealing fresher skin.
- It is always recommended to consult with a dermatologist to personalize your skincare approach based on your specific needs and skin type.