Home Remedies for Acne Scars

What’s more annoying than acne you ask? The scars they leave behind we tell you. While getting rid of acne is a trouble in itself, dealing with the scars the lesions leave behind on the skin is another trouble altogether.

Appearing as red spots, dark hyper pigmentation marks and even as deep craters, acne scars are incessant, annoying and embarrassing reminders of your skincare issues.

So how do you go about removing them from your skin without affecting the latter in the process? For starters, you can ditch all those so called ‘acne scar removal’ creams and note down these safer and more natural home remedies that will do a great job in getting rid of those pesky scars from your face and body.

How is an acne scar caused?

We know that an acne scar is a result of an inflamed follicle or pore beneath the skin’s surface that breaks. However, let us take a closer look at how the scar actually forms on the skin.

When a puss filled pore swells up and breaks it creates a rupture in the follicle wall. Ruptures that occur near the skin surface cause minor acne scars that usually heal on their own within a week or so. What we need to worry about are large sized lesions or pimples that cause a bigger rupture in the follicle wall. When this happens, the infected material aka pus spills out of the pore onto the dermis, causing the healthy skin tissue to die.

This damage to the dermis is taken note of by the skin which starts to make extra collagen fibers (fibrous protein to boost skin health) to repair this damage. However, in the case of serious lesions, the repair job doesn’t work out well and a scar is left back on the skin in the place where the follicle wall ruptured.

How to Treat Acne Scars with Home Remedies

Now that we know how an acne scar is caused, let’s move onto the part where we need to get rid of it as effectively and safely as possible.

While store bought creams and lotions may promise exciting results, they usually don’t deliver on their promise or come with their share of side effects that can destroy your skin’s health in the process of removing acne scars.

Your best bet therefore, is to opt for home remedies that get the job done without any hassles.

We have come up with some of the most common ingredients for removing acne scars at home, as well as four of the most popular home remedies for each of these ingredients.

These remedies will ensure all those blemishes and marks caused by acne on your skin are taken care of in no time at all.

1. Baking soda for acne scars

Let’s start with that one kitchen ingredient that is considered as a miracle cure for every other health related ailment out there. Cheap and effective, baking soda can do a great job of removing the acne scars from your skin. Here are four ways you can use it for the same purpose.

Method I: Plain Baking Sofa Paste

The anti-inflammatory properties of baking soda help to reduce the swelling, itchiness and redness caused by acne, thus treating acne scars in the process.

What you need:

  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp.
  • Water – 2 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the baking soda and water to form a paste.
  • Dab a small amount of this paste directly on the pimple while spreading some more baking soda paste around it.
  • Wait for 20 minutes and simply scrap off the dried, crusty paste. Apply a little bit of concealer to hide the scar.

Note: You can opt to use baking soda paste as an overnight treatment for acne scars as well.

Method II: Baking Soda Cleanser

The exfoliating properties of baking soda make it a gentle but very effective scrub that will remove dead skin cells on the surface, allowing room for new skin cells to grow and cover the scars.

What you need:

  • Baking Soda – 1 tsp.
  • Cleansing Product – 1 bottle (choose a gentle product)

What you need to do:

  • Add the baking soda to your cleanser and shake nicely.
  • Apply a dollop of cleanser on the scars and massage the skin for about 30 seconds.
  • Rinse off the cleanser with cool water after about a minute or so.
  • Follow up with a gentle moisturizer to prevent the skin from drying up.

Method III: Baking Soda, Honey Mask

A Mask using baking soda and honey can do wonders for your skin. While the baking soda will exfoliate the skin, the honey will nourish the skin and retain its luster.

What you need:

  • Baking Soda – ½ tsp.
  • Honey – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the honey and baking soda nicely. Apply this paste on the acne scars evenly.
  • Wait for the paste to dry for about 15 minutes. Rinse the area with cold water afterwards.
  • Follow this remedy once a day for quick results.

Method IV: Baking Soda Bath

How do you take care of the scars and spots caused by acne on your chest or back? Simple, you opt for a baking soda bath.

What you need:

  • Baking Soda – 100 gm
  • Lukewarm Water – Enough to fill a bathtub.

What you need to do:

  • Sprinkle the baking soda on the bathwater and stir nicely until the baking soda dissolves completely.
  • Soak in the bathwater for 20 minutes or so and rinse off in the shower. Apply a gentle moisturizer afterwards.
  • Do this everyday to get rid of acne scars quickly.

Note: Baking soda can make your skin dry. So make sure you apply a good quality moisturizer on the skin after trying out these remedies.

[Also Read Home Remedies for Acne]

2. Lemon for Acne Scars

In addition to treating acne effectively, lemon has been known to be very effective in curing acne heals in a timely manner. Take a look at a few ways in which you can use this ingredient for your acne scars.

Method I: Plain Lemon Juice

Lemon contains plenty of citric acid and high amounts of Vitamin C which are essential components for the exfoliation of the skin, a process which, in turn, will cure acne scars with time.

What you need:

  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.
  • Cotton or Q-tip

What you need to do:

  • Dip the cotton swab or Q-tip in the lemon juice and apply the same directly on the scars.
  • Leave the juice on the scars overnight and rinse the area with lukewarm water the next morning.

Note: Lemon juice can sting your skin. Do a swab test on your hand before applying it over the scars.

Method II: Lemon Juice, Egg, Honey Mask

This Mask has myriad benefits for your skin. While the lemon juice acts as an astringent and dries off the acne before it can break, the honey nourishes the skin. The egg on its part, boosts collagen production to help the skin heal quickly from the acne.

What you need:

  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp.
  • Honey – 2 tsp.
  • Egg White – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix all the ingredients and apply the resulting paste on the acne scars.
  • Leave the mask on for about 30 minutes until it dries up completely.
  • Using a clean cloth and lukewarm water, wipe away the paste gently. Follow up with a moisturizer.
  • Repeat this remedy once every two days until the scars vanish.

Method III: Lemon Juice, Honey, Milk Mask

This overnight Mask can be just what you need to make your skin look lighter, brighter and acne free within a short period of time. Use this Mask every other night to help your skin deal with the acne scars in a timely manner.

What you need:

  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp.
  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Milk – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the ingredients nicely to get a smooth, consistent paste.
  • Apply this paste evenly on the acne scars and leave it on them overnight.
  • Wash off the paste with lukewarm water the next morning and follow up with a gentle moisturizer. Regular application will see the scars vanishing within just a few days.

Method IV: Lemon Juice, Yogurt Mix

If you don’t prefer leaving a mess on your pillow every night owing to the Mask, try another simple remedy involving lemon juice and yogurt. The bleaching properties of lemon and yogurt come together in this remedy to make the acne scars disappear with just 4 to 5 applications.

What you need:

  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.
  • Yogurt – 1 tsp.
  • Cotton or Q-Tip

What you need:

  • Mix the lemon and yogurt nicely.
  • Using a Q-tip apply a small amount of this mix directly on the acne scar, making sure you leave the surrounding skin untouched.
  • Leave the mix on the scars overnight and wipe it off with lukewarm water and a clean cloth the next morning.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar for Acne Scars

Apple cider vinegar is a very well-known home remedy for acne owing to its potent healing properties. However, not many know that it can be very effective in treating acne scars as well, as is shown in these remedies using apple cider vinegar.

Method I: Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains natural healing properties that help the skin heal quickly from acne. This, in turn, prevents acne scars from forming while also treating existing scars until they disappear completely.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tsp.
  • Water – 1 tsp.
  • Cotton or Q-Tip

What you need to do:

  • Mix the apple cider vinegar and water.
  • Using the Q-tip, apply a small amount of this mix onto the acne scars. Leave the surrounding skin untouched.
  • After 30 minutes or so, wash off the mix with water and pat the area dry with a soft towel.
  • Do this once every day for desirable results.

Note: Do a swab test first to ensure that the mix does not sting your skin. You can also substitute rose water for normal water for more nourishment.

Method II: Apple Cider Vinegar, Lemon, Green Tea Toner

This toner will have those acne scars vanishing before your eyes in just a matter of days. While apple cider vinegar heals the skin, lemon bleaches the skin to make the scars disappear. Green tea nourishes the skin by preventing the side effects of oxidation from deepening the scars.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 3 tbsp.
  • Lemon Juice – 3 to 4 drops
  • Green Tea – 5 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the ingredients nicely and store the mix in an airtight bottle (preferably a spray bottle).
  • After washing your face, apply a small amount of this toner on the scars. Be careful to avoid the eyes if you are applying the toner to the face.
  • Repeat this remedy every day after a shower to make the scars disappear quickly.

Method III: Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey Mask

This Mask is soothing, nourishing and very effective in removing acne scars without hurting your skin too much in the process. It is best suited for those with sensitive skin.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ½ tbsp.
  • Honey – ½ tbsp.
  • Avocado – 1

What you need to do:

  • Remove the pulp from half an avocado. Add the honey and apple cider vinegar, and mix nicely to form a puree.
  • Apply this puree on the scars on the skin and wait for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Wash off the puree with lukewarm water afterward. You will notice the difference in your skin within just a few applications.

Method IV: Apple Cider Vinegar, Organic Brown Sugar Scrub

This remedy will do a great job of exfoliating your skin thanks to the brown sugar. With the dead skin cells removed, there will be plenty of room left for the healthy new skin cells to grow and cover the acne scars. Apple cider vinegar on its part, helps bring down the swelling in the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.

What you need:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 tbsp.
  • Organic Brown Sugar – 4 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the ingredients and apply the resulting paste on the acne scars.
  • Massage the skin in gentle, circular motions for about 15 minutes.
  • Wash off the mix with lukewarm water afterwards. Repeat once every three days for desirable results.

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4. Honey for Acne Scars

You can’t get a more effective, natural and chemical free solution than honey when it comes to fighting off acne scars. In addition to curing acne, honey can remove the scars left behind by the pimples. Rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and skin nourishing enzymes, honey is one of the best natural cures you can find for acne scars.

Method I: Honey, Turmeric Mask

Honey has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the itchiness and swelling caused by acne on the skin’s surface. Turmeric has healing properties that help the skin heal faster from the acne, thus preventing the formation of acne scars.

What you need:

  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Turmeric Powder – A pinch

What you need to do:

  • Mix the honey and turmeric powder nicely.
  • Apply this paste on the acne scars and wait for about 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the area with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this remedy once every two days or so to get rid of acne scars.

Note: Add just a pinch of turmeric as too much of the ingredient can stain your skin.

Method II: Honey, Aspirin Face Pack

This remedy is guaranteed to take care of your acne scars effectively. While the honey will nourish your skin, the aspirin will help reduce the size of the pores, unclog them and fade scars.

What you need:

  • Honey – 1 tsp.
  • Aspirin – 2 to 3 tabs.
  • Water – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Crush the aspirin to form a powder and add the water to it to make a fine paste.
  • Add the honey to the paste and mix nicely.
  • Apply this paste evenly on the acne scars and allow it to cool.
  • Wash off the mask after 15 minutes or so. Do this once every three days or so for quick results.

Note: Aspirin can have drying effects on the skin. So moisturize your skin after washing off the paste.

Method III: Honey, Milk Mask

A combination of honey and milk can do wonders for your skin, nourishing as well as brightening it with continued use on alternate days.

What you need:

  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Whole Milk – ½ tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the honey and the whole milk nicely.
  • Apply this mask on the acne scars and massage the skin gently in circular motions.
  • Do this for about 10 minutes and allow the paste to dry for another 20 minutes.
  • Wash off the paste with lukewarm water afterwards.

Note: Do not opt for this remedy if you are allergic to milk and other dairy products.

Method IV: Honey, Tomato Mask

Tomatoes contain organic acids that have anti-fungal as well as antibacterial properties. The lycopene content of tomatoes also acts as a shield for the skin, preventing it from damage caused by acne.

What you need:

  • Honey – 2 tbsp.
  • Tomatoes – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Puree the tomatoes and add the honey to them. Mix nicely and apply the resulting paste on the acne scars.
  • Massage the skin nicely for about 5 minutes and wait for another 10 minutes before washing off the paste with water. For best results, follow once every two days.

Note: Do not follow this remedy if you have open cuts or wounds as tomatoes can cause a stinging sensation at these sites.

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5. Coconut Oil for Acne Scars

Another natural remedy that is great at treating acne as well as acne scars, coconut oil is rich in several vitamins and minerals that can protect your skin from the side effects of acne. There are several ways you can use coconut oil to treat acne scars as well, including the four methods given here.

Method I: Plain Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that can help fight off the acne causing bacteria, thus preventing acne scars.

What you need:

  • Coconut Oil – 2 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Wash the affected skin with warm water and pat dry.
  • Apply the coconut oil on the scars and massage the area gently using circular motions for about 10 minutes.
  • Do this overnight and wash off the oil with lukewarm water the next morning.
  • Do this every night for best results.

Note: It is considered best to opt for organic virgin coconut oil that provides quicker results.

Method II: Coconut Oil, Honey, Aloe Vera Paste

This is a great remedy for acne scars if you have very sensitive skin and cannot opt for remedies containing tomato and lemon. While coconut oil fights off the acne, the honey and Aloe Vera will soothe the skin and quicken the healing process.

What you need:

  • Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Honey – 2 tbsp.
  • Aloe Vera Gel – 4 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the ingredients in a bowl and set aside for 10 minutes.
  • Apply the paste on the acne scars evenly and let it dry for about 20 minutes.
  • Wash off this paste with cold water and pat the skin dry with a soft towel. Repeat this remedy once every three days or so for desirable results.

Method III: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Sugar Scrub

You can make an effective scrub for your skin using coconut oil. This remedy will help exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells on the surface, allowing new skin cells to grow and cover the scars.

What you need:

  • Coconut Oil – ¼ cup
  • Olive Oil – ¼ cup
  • Organic Sugar – ½ cup

What you need to do:

  • Mix all the ingredients to form a coarse paste.
  • Wet the affected area and massage the paste on the scars for about 7 minutes.
  • Wash the area with lukewarm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this remedy twice a week to get rid of the acne scars quickly.

Method IV: Coconut Oil, Turmeric Banana Mask

Coconut oil has plenty of skin beautifying vitamins and can penetrate deep within the skin for better nourishment. Banana has loads of enzymes that can help heal acne scars and blemishes in a short period of time.

What you need:

  • Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Bananas – ½
  • Turmeric Powder – A pinch

What you need to do:

  • Mash the banana and add the coconut oil to it. Add the turmeric to the paste and mix nicely to get a fine paste.
  • Apply this paste evenly on the acne scars and let it dry for about 30 minutes following which you can wash it off with lukewarm water.
  • Get rid of acne scars effectively by following this remedy thrice a week.

6. Olive Oil for Acne Scars

Olive oil has nourishing as well as healing properties that can help the skin heal faster from acne as well as acne scars. It has plenty of vital vitamins that protect the skin from developing scars following an acne breakout as well. Here are some ways to use olive oil to treat acne scars.

Method I: Plain Olive Oil

Olive oil contains plenty of antioxidants that can prevent the effects of free radicals on the skin. In doing so, it can prevent acne breakouts and the resulting scars.

What you need:

  • Olive Oil – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Massage the olive oil on the dead scar tissue on the skin. Use gentle, circular motions to allow the skin to absorb the oil better.
  • Continue massaging the affected area for about 10 minutes and wipe off the excess oil with a soft cloth.
  • Repeat this remedy every morning and night to nourish the skin and remove the acne scars completely.

Method II: Olive Oil, Baking Soda Scrub

The antibacterial properties of olive oil will help fight off the acne while the baking soda acts as an exfoliating agent to remove dead skin cells from the affected area.

What you need:

  • Olive Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Baking Soda – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Blend the olive oil and baking soda nicely. Apply this paste on the acne scars and massage the area nicely for about 3 minutes.
  • Wait for another 10 minutes and wipe off the paste with a wet cloth.
  • Repeat once every two days for desirable results.

Note: Baking soda can dry the skin. Ensure to apply a gentle moisturizer on the skin after following this remedy.

Method III: Olive Oil, Tree Tea Oil Toner

Olive oil is non-comedogenic in nature meaning it does not clog the skin pores. When combined with tea tree oil, it can offer a great natural cure for acne scars.

What you need:

  • Olive Oil – 1 tsp.
  • Tea Tree Oil – ½ teaspoon
  • Cotton or Q-Tip

What you need to do:

  • Mix the oils to form a concoction. Massage it on the acne scars with the help of a Q-tip or cotton swab.
  • Do this once every four days or so to help your skin recover from the acne scars in a timely manner.

Note: Do a swab test on the skin on your hand before applying the concoction to the acne scars. If you feel a burning sensation on applying the oil mix on the skin, avoid this remedy.

Method IV: Olive Oil, Lemon Juice Toner

This toner combines the nourishing and antibacterial properties of olive oil with the bleaching properties of lemon juice to give you a potent natural cure for acne blemishes.

What you need:

  • Olive Oil – 1 tsp.
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.
  • Cotton or Q-Tip

What you need to do:

  • Mix the olive oil and lemon juice. Store the mix in an airtight bottle.
  • When needed, dip a Q-tip or cotton swab into the mix and apply it on the acne scars.
  • Let the mix dry (for about 15 minutes) and wash it off with lukewarm water afterwards.
  • Repeat this remedy once every two days for visible results.

7. Castor Oil for Acne Scars

If you are suffering from never ending acne breakouts and the scars they leave behind, trust castor oil to come to your rescue. Castor oil is a brilliant natural remedy for acne scars as well as other skin blemishes and can keep your skin free of acne for as long as you use it. Here are four remedies using castor oil for those pesky acne scars on your skin.

Method I: Plain Castor Oil

Like coconut oil, castor oil has deep nourishing properties and can penetrate the skin to get rid of acne from within the dermal layer. This, in turn, can protect the skin from acne breakouts as well as acne scars.

What you need:

  • Castor Oil – 1 tsp.
  • Boiling Hot Water – Enough for a steam bath

What you need to do:

  • Use the boiling hot water to get a steam bath for the affected area to open up the skin pores.
  • Wipe off the excess moisture on the skin and apply the castor oil to the scars. Massage the oil into the skin using gentle, circular motions for about 5 minutes.
  • Wipe off the castor oil using a soft cloth and wash the area in cold water to close the pores.
  • Repeat this remedy once every two days to get rid of acne, acne spots, acne scars and acne blemishes.

Method II: Castor Oil, Shea Butter Mask

Nothing beats a mix containing castor oil and shea butter to treat acne prone skin. This mix will not only make your skin healthier, but will also make it lighter, causing the acne scars to disappear over time.

What you need:

  • Castor Oil – 1 tsp.
  • Shea Butter – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the shea butter and castor oil.
  • Apply this mix on the acne scars and cover it with a soft cloth.
  • Leave the mix to dry overnight and wash it off with lukewarm water the next morning.
  • Regular application of this mix will definitely treat acne scars and give you healthy, bright skin.

Note: It is best considered to follow this remedy at night so that you can allow the skin to absorb the castor oil, shea butter mix better.

Method III: Castor Oil, Oatmeal, Lemon Juice Scrub

The skin bleaching properties of lemon juice join hands with castor oil’s healing benefits to cleanse the skin of the acne causing bacteria and lighten its complexion, causing the scars to fade away eventually.

What you need:

  • Castor Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.
  • Curd – 2 tbsp.
  • Green Gram Flour – 2 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the castor oil and lemon juice. Apply the same on the acne scars and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes.
  • Mix the curd and green gram flour to form a paste. Rub this paste evenly on the scars and massage the skin nicely.
  • Exfoliate the skin for about 5 minutes and wash off the paste as well as the oil mix with lukewarm water. Pat dry with a towel and apply a moisturizer to lock in water.
  • Follow this castor oil remedy twice a week to notice desirable results quickly.

Method IV: Castor Oil & Other Oils Blend

A mixture of castor oil and several other oils can act as the perfect natural cure for acne blemishes, including acne scars. Regular application of this oil mix on the affected areas (at least once every day) will show effective results within a week or two.

What you need:

  • Castor Oil – 18 ml
  • Vitamin E Oil – 10 drops
  • Jojoba Oil – 60 ml
  • Apricot Oil – 24 ml
  • Evening Primrose Oil – 18 ml

What you need to do:

  • Mix the oils well and store in an airtight bottle. When needed apply a small amount of this oil mix on the acne scars and massage the area nicely for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off the oil with cold water afterwards.

8. Aloe Vera for Acne Scars

Here’s another potent home remedy that will have those acne scars vanishing in no time at all. An active ingredient in many facial and skin care products, Aloe Vera is considered as a miracle cure for every other skin related ailment out there. Check out the different ways in which you can use acne to treat acne scars.

Method I: Aloe Vera, Honey, Rose Water Mask

The antibacterial properties of honey will fight off the acne while Aloe Vera will rehydrate the skin and promote quick healing from acne as well as the acne scars.

What you need:

  • Aloe Vera Gel – 1 tbsp.
  • Honey – 1 tbsp.
  • Rose Water – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the honey and Aloe Vera gel to form a paste. Add the rosewater to the paste and mix nicely.
  • Apply the paste on the acne scars and other acne prone areas on the skin.
  • Wait for the paste to dry (it will take about 20 minutes) and wash it off with lukewarm water afterwards.
  • Follow this remedy twice a week to cure acne scars.

Method II: Aloe Vera, Lemon Juice Mix

Aloe Vera gel contains magnesium lactate which reduces the swelling and itchiness caused be acne and acne scars. Lemon on its part, helps in brightening the skin tone, helping the scars to face away eventually.

What you need:

  • Aloe Vera Gel – 1 tbsp.
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Add the Aloe Vera gel and lemon juice to a bowl and mix nicely.
  • Apply the resulting paste on the acne scars overnight.
  • Wash off the paste with lukewarm water afterwards. Follow this remedy once every two days or so for quick results.

Note: You can choose to wash off the paste in about 30 minutes if you feel it to be too sticky. Lemon juice can also be replaced with tomato juice for those with sensitive skin.

Method III: Aloe Vera, Baby Oil Mix

You will be surprised to note that a mixture of Aloe Vera gel and baby oil can help treat acne scars very effectively without causing any damage to the skin in the process.

What you need:

  • Aloe Vera Gel – 1 tbsp.
  • Baby Oil – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix all the ingredients and apply the concoction on the acne scars.
  • Massage the area nicely for about 10 minutes. Wait for another hour or so for the oil to dry completely.
  • Wash the area with lukewarm water afterwards. Repeat once a day for best results.

Method IV: Aloe Vera, Vitamin E Mix

Both Aloe Vera and Vitamin E have myriad benefits for the skin. While Aloe Vera heals the skin from acne, Vitamin E nourishes the skin and lightens skin pigmentation which would eventually cause the scars and blemishes to disappear.

What you need:

  • Aloe Vera Gel – 1 tbsp.
  • Vitamin E Oil – 1 tsp.

What you need to do:

  • Blend the oil and Aloe Vera gel. Apply this mask on the acne scars evenly and wipe it with a soft cloth after about 20 minutes.
  • Follow every day to clear acne scars and pigmentation marks effectively.

9. Tea Tree Oil for Acne Scars

Tea tree oil is also a known cure for acne scars. Although it stings a bit when applied directly on the skin, it can be used along with other carrier or vegetable oils as well as other ingredients like baking soda or oatmeal to create a formidable cure for even the deepest acne scars. Take a look at four ways in which you can use the oil for your scars.

Method I: Plain Tea Tree Oil

The antimicrobial properties of tea tree oil help eradicate the acne causing bacteria, thus preventing the formation of acne scars in the first place.

What you need:

  • Tea Tree Oil – 3 to 4 drops
  • Distilled Water – ½ cup
  • Cotton

What you need to do:

  • Add the tea tree oil to the water and stir nicely.
  • Soak the cotton swab in this mix and place it on the acne scars. Use as many cotton swabs as there are scars on your body.
  • Allow the mix from the cotton to be absorbed by the skin. This may take about 20 minutes. Apply a gentle moisturizer to the affected areas after this time period.
  • Repeat this remedy twice a day for effective results.

Note: Do a patch test on your hand and avoid the remedy if your skin starts stinging. Although mild stinging is permissible, don’t opt for it if the sensation is unbearable.

Method II:  Tea Tree Oil, Olive Oil, Sugar Scrub

Tea tree oil can provide nourishment for your skin from deep inside the body. Combine it with olive oil and sugar to create a potent acne clearing scrub that can also do a good job at removing acne scars.

What you need:

  • Tea Tree Oil – 10 drops
  • Olive Oil – 3 to 4 drops
  • Sugar – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix all three ingredients nicely and apply the paste on the acne scars.
  • Massage the area gently for about 10 minutes.
  • Leave the paste on overnight and wash it off the next morning. Repeat once every week for quick relief from acne scars.

Method III: Tea Tree Oil, Baking Soda Scrub

Here is another scrub you can make for acne scars. The scrub contains tea tree oil which helps fight off the acne causing bacteria, and baking soda which exfoliates the skin to remove the dead skin cells and the scars in the process.

What you need:

  • Tea Tree Oil – 2 to 3 drops
  • Baking Soda – 1 tbsp.
  • Water – 1 tbsp.

What you need to do:

  • Mix the baking soda and water to form a thick paste. Add in the tea tree oil and mix nicely.
  • Rub this paste on the acne scars gently and wait for 5 minutes.
  • Wash off the paste with lukewarm water. Repeat thrice a week to remove acne scars as quickly as possible.

Method IV: Tea Tree Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar Toner

This potent toner contains the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar as well as tea tree oil to clear all acne off your skin rapidly. In doing so, the toner will help remove acne scars as well as other acne blemishes effectively.

What you need:

  • Tea Tree Oil – 3 to 4 drops
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – ¼ cup
  • Distilled Water – ¼ cup
  • Cotton

What you need to do:

  • Mix the ingredients nicely and store in a spray bottle.
  • When needed, shake the bottle gently and spray a small amount of the toner onto the cotton swab.
  • Rub the cotton swab gently on the acne scars as well the acne prone areas of your body. Avoid contact with eyes and nostrils.
  • Do this once every day before going to bed. This will help your skin regenerate properly and cover the scars eventually.

Note: As in other remedies, do a patch test first. If you notice a stinging sensation, dilute the mix by adding some more water.

Other Guidelines to follow when treating acne scars

Now that we have seen quite a number of home remedies for treating acne scars, here are some general guidelines that would help in getting rid of the scars in a timely and hassle free manner.

Avoid Chemical Masks or Lotions: When it comes to treating acne scars, natural remedies are always best. Chemical masks or lotions can irritate your skin and cause more acne breakouts. They can even make the scars more reddish in appearance, thus making them more noticeable in the process.

Treat acne in a timely manner: Acne eventually causes acne scars. In addition to treating acne scars, you will have to cure the underlying problem as well. Use home remedies to treat acne as soon as you spot an outbreak. Consult a dermatologist to check for alternate treatments if the natural cures don’t work.

Do not squeeze, pick or pop a pimple: This is the last thing you want to do, especially if you want your skin to remain clear and without any scars. Picking or prodding a pimple can cause the infection to spread further into the skin, worsening the damage done to the dermis. Picking the scab can also delay the healing process of a pimple while increasing the chances of permanent scarring.

Do patch tests on all home remedies first: Your skin may be allergic to certain ingredients. The best way to avoid more breakouts or rashes is to do a patch test on the skin first before applying the ingredient or remedy to the acne prone areas.

Always wash your hands before and after following the remedy: This reduces the chances of the infection spreading from your hands to other parts of your body.

Follow instructions carefully: As in the case of medications, ensure that you add the correct amount of each ingredient in a remedy as mentioned in the instructions. Also ensure to follow a remedy only for the number of times it has been mentioned. Overdoing the remedy or over usage of the ingredients in it can worsen the scars instead of curing them.

Check with a doctor: You may have to check with a dermatologist for alternate treatments in case the home remedies do not work. In cases where the scarring is severe, the doctor may recommend treatments like microdermabrasion and chemical peel, etc. to lessen the appearance of the scars. Treatments like laser resurfacing, dermabrasion, fractional laser therapy and surgery are often recommended for severe scars.

Summary

Acne scars are the marks left behind on the skin by acne breakouts. If you are wondering how to remove these scars without damaging your skin too much in the process, these natural remedies will come to your aid. With these remedies to back you, you don’t need to worry about acne or acne scars every again.

Home Remedies for Acne Scars
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9 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Ruby,
    Yes sometimes acne occurs due to indigestion and lack of healthy diet but you can overcome with some change in your lifestyle like Drink lots Water, eat probiotic foods, use low cholesterol oil ,healthy lifestyle
    will help in indigestion and you will get rid of indigestion and acne scars

  2. I am 13 years old I had a clear and Clean skin but now I have getting acne on my face it is becoming reason of my stress
    Can you suggest me how to get rid of Acne permanently

    • Hi Priya,
      As you are 13 years old its happens due to changes in internal body but as you asked how to get rid of Acne permanently there are many factors like proper diet,avoiding oil foods, cleaning your face regularly will help you to rid of Acne permanently for now we suggest you to use baking soda remedy it will help you get rid of acne instantly.

  3. My skin is dry and I am using Cream for Acne scars but they were not so effective, now I am worried about this please suggest me some fast and effective remedy.

    • Hello Nathan,
      as your skin is dry we recommend you to use Coconut Oil for Acne Scars as coconut oil helps to get rid of dry skin as well as acne it will help you in both ways

  4. I am acne problem for long time my face is having full of marks which make uncomfortable to talk with anybody
    I tried many creams and lotion but all works for some time again the problem repeats
    Now I am using baking soda remedy mention above is helping me from acne spots removal
    I want to know whether acne occur due to indigestion

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