Tea tree oil can be used as a treatment for acne however it is still unclear whether it can effectively treat scarred skin. It is understood that tea tree oil provides anti inflammatory and microbial properties which are useful for treating acne, as they are a main factor in its cause. Luckily, tea tree oil is being researched for its legitimate medical potential like many other natural remedies.
A study double blind study (ensures a fair experiment) which was carried in 2007 found that a gel used to treat mild acne was effective at 5% concentrate. This meant the gel consisted of 5% tea tree oil. What percentage could treat severe acne? Further study in 2015 further supported (tea tree oil can be used to treat acne vulgaris) these claims.
Lemon Juice – Effective for Minor to Moderate Scarring but Slow
Lemon juice has extensive vitamins and antibacterial properties. It contains ascorbic acid which kills pathogens. With regular applications, lemon juice has the potential to lighten dark spots and scars left from acne and pimples.
Aloe Vera Gel – Effective for Minor to Moderate Scarring but Slow
Aloe vera has antiseptic and healing compounds able to prevent acne. Aloe vera absorbs excess oil which causes skin pores to clog up. The glycol-proteins reduce inflammation, redness, and irritation which can lead to pumpies. Aloe vera is a natural antioxidant and vitamin packed. It functions as an astringent on the skin by clearing out pores of sebum, dirt, and dead skin cells. It also stimulates new cell growth.
Aloe vera can remove dark spots but the process is not much faster than the natural speed the skin heals but is slightly faster than doing nothing at all. If you are looking to heal acne scars fast, this may not be the best match. I would not expect results sooner than six weeks or more depending on the depth and type of your scar. If you have extensive scarring, it is best to see a dermatologist.
Baking Soda – Only Effective for Short-Term Problems; Dangerous for Long-Term Use
Baking soda, also called sodium bicarbonate, is an alkaline material useful for managing pH levels. It neutralizes acids in and outside of the body. Baking soda, furthermore, contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties.
Baking soda can soothe inflammation and mild pain from acne breakouts, but it is not recommended for everyday use. The dangers of overuse include over-drying of the skin, early onset of wrinkles, worse acne breakouts, and skin irritation and inflammation. It is not recommended to leave this product overnight. It is not adequate for scarring due to the limitations on use and it is not able to get rid of a scar in a night. You should mix with water or lemon juice and apply to the affected areas with a cotton ball or something easy to dab.
Apple cider vinegar should be diluted before use to avoid irritation and it works best for surface-level scarring and dark spots.
Other Natural Remedies:
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With natural remedies, if effective at all, when treating acne and pimple scars, you will require a long-term regimen; remember to regularly wash your face two times a day with warm water; and know the products will never work “overnight.” However, one benefit of using natural sources is that you can easily mix and match to make a more effective treatment. Another benefit is that if you have sensitive skin, you can protect your skin from further damage possibly generated by laser removal.
Laser removal, orchestrated by a dermatologist, is short term but has long recovery periods. There are many types of lasers dermatologists can use depending upon your individual case. There are resurfacing laser procedures: 100% CO2 laser and erbium laser. There are also fractional laser procedures: CO2 laser and fraxel laser (erbium type).
Resurfacing lasers were too aggressive and were the first available lasers. They would treat the whole skin area which would lead to open healing and prolonged recovery and redness. Fractional lasers were made to focus on smaller patches of skin.
No matter resurfacing or fractional, erbium lasers are more gentle than their CO2 counter types. However, because of this, CO2 lasers are more powerful with longer recovery time.
Most over-the-counter topical creams come with salicylic acid. For those with sensitive skin, these solutions are not recommended. It is also not an overnight solution. The healing time is normally 6 to 8 weeks, and for the most severe of acne scars, you should see a dermatologist.
Cannabis oil otherwise known as CBD (Cannabidiol) oil is becoming more popular with the public as a legitimate form of treatment for a wide range of illnesses. In some cases, it is the only thing that can help some people and in others, it is a last ditch attempt to find relief or a “cure” for a severe condition. We should point out, however, that CBD oil should be considered a cure of any kind or any ailment. It does come with many minor side effects which relate to the concentration of the oil, its quality, the dosage used and way in which it is taken. We have a provided an example of some potential side effects below but please note these outcomes may not be the same for everyone.
Consider This, Before Taking CBD Oil:
In regards to acne, we would presume the best course of action here would be to have a high contraction of CBD oil in a cream. This means the treatment is directly interacting with the problem for a potential benefit. Eating gummies with CBD would be considered a less effective treatment. However ingesting CBD oil directly via a dropper could be a good way to treat acne too.
Current studies are showing that CBD does not cure acne but it more or less allows our own bodies to regulate our defenses better so we get rid of the cause of acne without having to deal with all the redness, and spots etc. It does this by stimulating our endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for keeping our bodies processes and pathways in balance.
Since the cause of many conditions is due to an imbalance or some sort i.e. a chemical imbalance in the brain can lead to depression. It makes sense that if CBD can help our body balance things out when it is having trouble then this could work. CBD, like some of the substances mentioned before, has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which are good at tackling inflammation. This is why it is said to be so useful at treating acne.
However, it should be pointed out that you can obtain these potential benefits from CBD oil made from hemp or cannabis. The cannabis-based oil will have trace amounts of THC however. If you consider using any potential substance mentioned in the article for your personal needs please do so only on the advice of a doctor or registered medical professional.