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“Fast” Natural Home Remedies
1. Tea tree oil: Undetermined effect
Tea tree oil has been established as a viable remedy for active acne breakouts, it’s unclear whether it can effectively treat scarred skin. It is known tea tree oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This can help prevent acne while also reduce inflammatory acne.
A 2007 study found 5 percent tea tree oil gel to be effective in treating mild to moderate acne. A 2015 study established r benefits in acne treatment; tea tree oil is said to minimize the appearance of raised (hypertrophic) scars, but acne marks tend to develop underneath the surface of the skin.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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 effective 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.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar: Effective for minor scarring, slow to heal
Apple cider vinegar is useful for skin care because it has astringent properties dry out the oily skin; scrapes off all the dirt, old and dead skin cells on the skin pores and regenerates the skin’s tissue for the growth of healthy new skin; has antibiotic and antiseptic properties; balances the pH levels of the skin; has many essential nutrients (vitamins A, B2, B6, C, E, P); contains alpha hydroxy and amino acids that dissolves dead skin cells and fatty deposits in the skin; contains malic and lactic acids which help for exfoliating and softening the skin; reduce the red marks. It also helps for indented scars; acts as a powerful skin detox and cleanser.
Apple cider vinegar should be diluted before use to avoid irritation and it works best for surface-level scarring and dark spots.
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.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is becoming a hot trend in the beauty and wellness community, having infiltrated body care, skin care, and make-up. Thanks to novel studies, we know CBD oil is able to regulate sebum production, thus preventing and treating acne.
It is a cannabinoid from the cannabis plant and works on the endocannabinoid system. The stress-reducing and anti-inflammation properties of CBD also have promise for lessening acne. Cannabidiol is also an antioxidant. If CBD oil is to prove a more effective treatment than current natural remedies is yet to be proven.
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