excess oil and dead cells. Scars heal when there are moisturizing and soothing properties present in your treatment.
How to apply it: Get organic bottled aloe Vera gel or get the natural leaf, cut it in half and scrape the gel off the leaf. Apply gel to the scar and cover it with plastic saran wrap, let it sit for up to an hour then rinse clean. Repeat until you see the scar start to lighten.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can work as long as it’s rich in omega fatty acids to penetrate and moisturize the skin so it can restore your skin’s glow.
How to apply it: Apply the oil to the acne scars, under your eyes, on your lips, and bare brows in the morning to keep your face looking naturally fresh. However, be careful because too much coconut oil might actually cause a breakout if you don’t control your usage.
Honey’s natural moisturizing effects and stimulation of tissue regeneration make it a popular ingredient to mix into your skincare routine.
In its raw form, honey is amazing, and the darker it is the more medicinal properties it contains.
How to apply it: Mix honey with cinnamon, apply it to your acne scars and leave it on for 10-15 mins then rinse it off. Repeat weekly as this is a great renewal treatment that can help keep skin smooth and clear.
If you want to lighten your scar, lemon is a great choice. It has alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), meaning it has the healing properties your skin needs.
Known as a natural bleach, this lightener aids in new cell growth and gives your skin its elasticity back.
How to apply it: Start by cutting a lemon in half and rub half over the scar; squeeze the lemon to let it soak the scar for about 15 minutes. Dab with cool water to rinse.
9. Shea Butter
If you can find unfiltered raw shea butter, use that instead of any refined version. Refined usually means any nutrients have been broken down or destroyed. Store-bought brands usually irritate because they have added fragrance and other additives.
How to apply it: Take a dab of shea butter and apply it daily to see its moisturizing effects brightening your scars.
10. Turmeric Powder
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 antiseptic so it smooths your skin without irritation.
How to apply it: Just add equal parts of honey and turmeric powder (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 and repeat weekly!
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