"Acne scarring occurs when the visible remnants of acne are permanently left on the skin after the acne itself subsides. True scarring is to be distinguished from macules, or reddish spots that mark the site of prior acne."
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Aloe Vera Treatment for Acne Scars
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Aloe Vera Gel (Fresh if Possible)
Rub pure (especially fresh) aloe vera gel into acne scars 2-3 times a day. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe can reduce and eliminate the appearance of acne scars. It may reduce the occurrence of breakouts too!
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 02/20/2013: Felicity from Mooresville, Nc, Usa: "ACV for Acne Scarring (dark spots): I am a 45 year-old brown-skinned African-American woman who has had acne since my teens. It got better when I stopped drinking cows milk in my late teens and of course my skin is better depending on my diet. More fresh fruits, veggies, clean water and I it's noticeable.
Even when I don't pick at pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, etc. , I still sometimes get dark marks (hyperpigmentation) after it goes away. Frustrating and not attractive.
I read somewhere that ACV is good for fading the dark marks so I tried it.
What I noticed is that the ACV works well and kind of like a peel. After several days of applying the ACV, the dark spots just peel off.
I use a 50/50 mixture of organic ACV (with the mother) and distilled or reverse osmosis water. I store it covered in a small glass bowl and leave it in the fridge or sometimes the bathroom (if it's not to warm in there)."Replies
05/23/2013: Selma from Vienna replies: "Hello, can I also use normal water? I am from Austria, and we have clean water from the alps... I do not know what reverse osmosis water is."
05/24/2013: Tim from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "I imagine that your water is fine. You just want it to be as clean as possible. Many places in the U.S. have to treat their water with chemicals to ensure that it is save to drink. In this case you would want to avoid drinking the tap water and use distilled water or water that has gone throught the reverse osmosis process. I would be very happy if my tap water was as clean as yours."
Camphorated Oil, Lanolin, Peanut Oil
12/09/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa: "I have gotten rid of my scars with a solution of Camphorated oil (2 ounces), lanolin (1/2 tsp) and peanut oil (1 ounce). You can make it yourself or there are companies that make it already. Rub it onto your scars, as much as will be absorbed. It takes a long time! It took me 1 year to get a scar off of one of my children and it took me 2 years to get rid of a scar I had on my abdomen."
Fresh Aloe Vera
[YEA] 06/20/2011: Cocoandrico from Kingston, Ny, Usa: "You might want to try Aloe Vera gel as a treatment for the after-effects of acne. It's anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and it speeds cellular regeneration making it a great remedy for sensitive skin with acne scarring. I found a recipe for a DIY aloe mask here:
Hope it helps!"
[YEA] 07/02/2009: K from Chicago, IL: "I have been using fresh aloe juice/gel/flesh topically overnight on my chest and back to try to heal scarring due largely to acne. I had been dealing with acne and scarring for months now. Just two nights of applying aloe liberally and directly onto my skin, letting it dry a bit, and then putting on a pajama top overnight has produced surprisingly good results. I am so relieved and amazed. I recommend this very simple, inexpensive, and natural method to everyone."Replies
[YEA] 11/09/2009: Maria from Buffalo, Ny replies: "I have also been using aloe vera gel and it does really help minimize the appearance of acne scarring. I do not use the kind for sunburns, I use the highest percent of pure aloe I can find, with no perfumes or dyes."
[YEA] 05/13/2011: Prc from Chicago, Il replies: "I exfoliate with baking soda then apply a mixture of niacinamide powder and 100% aloe vera (and if my skin feels dry a small amount of unrefined coconut oil) and my acne scars have faded drastically. I also rarely break out anymore."
05/14/2011: Thesexy1 from Chicago, Il replies: "Thanks for the advice. I just wanted to ask where can I find niamicin? How lond did it take before you see results?? I recently started to exfoliate 3 times a week w/baking soda in the morning. I have fewer break outs. I currently have huge pores (holes/craders) and old dark acne marks. I've tried several things to help with out much luck. Now my son is having the same problems with his skin. Will this mixture help him with pores as well?"
[NAY] 04/18/2010: Samantha from Driggs, Idaho: "After suffering with acne scars for 30 years, I inherited a heck of a lot of money from my father. I put almost every dime of it toward top-of-the-line acne scar removal procedures, as well as potions, lotions and home remedies. The appearance of not one single scar improved. Not one.
Put your money toward make-up lessons. Acne scars don't come off. Ever. No matter how much you spend."
04/19/2010: Elizabeth from Nashville, Tn replies: "I beg to differ. I've gotten rid of acne scars using salicylic and glycolic acid gel peels. It may take some time but with patience you can make a dramatic difference in your appearance. God Bless!"
11/02/2010: K from San Francisco, Ca replies: "I must agree. I've had improvement in mine as well, with in-office dermasanding and tca, and very diligent tazorac/camellia oil/exfoliation at home. I've also talked with many people who have improved or greatly improved theirs with various methods."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/22/2011: Laurie from New York , Ny replies: "I recently had a very bad cystic pimple on my nose with left a small boxcar scar with a icepick scar in the center. I was upset because its in the center of my face and know that this could be permanent. I went to the dermatologist and he gave me prescription strength retinal, which I apply at night. Its quite strong so I alternate after a few days with glycolic acid (20%). In the morning I apply topical vitamin C and sunscreen. To my surprise and relief, the scar has improved dramatically in two weeks. Please note these products are very aggressive and you need to be extremely careful when going in the sun. Its not for everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin. But I did want to share because it is possible to greatly improve scarring with some patience and diligence, and without the cost of pricey laser procedures. God bless all."
Rose Hip Seed Oil
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/12/2010: Haley from Houston, Tx: "Acne Scarring
I had mild/severe acne for a short period of time and afterwards, even when the pimples were gone, the skin on my cheeks and chin was scarred. I found that rose hip seed oil worked really well for my skin to help reduce the scarring from my acne. I purchased the oil online and applied it every night to the scar tissue. I'd advise that this only be done if there is no remaining acne."Replies
04/22/2012: Ashley from Scotland, Greenock replies: "Is this any diff from essential Rose oil?"
02/23/2010: Lt from Odessa, Texas, Usa: "Vitamin E for Acne Scars
I have very sensitive skin when it comes to using oils on my face. I will break out which results in pink scarring that usually lasts some time. I read here that Vitamin E can be used to reduce these scars but I can't find a pure form of it. All I have found thus far includes olive, castor, or certain other types of oil. I'm weary about using these mixtures because I don't want to do any more harm to my skin. Please let me know what kind of Vit. E I can safely use and where I can find it. Thanks so much."
EC: People report opening up capsules of vitamin e and applying it to the skin.
We do see some pure vitamin e oil products here: http://www.google.com/products?q=pure+vitamin+e+oil&hl=en&aq=f
02/25/2010: Sue M. from Worden , Il. Usa replies: "I have sensitive skin also and have been experimenting with different oils. I found some vitamin E oil at GNC and mixed 1 oz.with 16oz. of aloe vera gel. I put that on after I have cleansed my face and it is still damp. When it dries my face is still a bit tight, so I use a combination of VCO and castor oil(lightly). It seems to be doing the job just fine. You can read about the essential oils here on EC....great information. Hope this helps...."