Skin Treatments for Acne Scars

Acne scars are caused by repeatedly picking or popping skin that is effected by acne pustules and papules. Acne scars are often drier and more thick than normal skin, and will require a regimen that will soften the scarred skin, exfoliate the loosened skin, and help to build the skin cells that are developing underneath the scarring.

Softening the Scarred Skin

Scarred skin, which is drier and more dense than un-scarred skin, will need to be softened and loosened to help dislodge the scarred skin from the surrounding area. To do so, a non-comedogenic oil should be massaged into the area to loosen the skin. Olive oil, jojoba oil, and castor oil are all excellent choices for softening the skin. Spread 2 tbsp. of the selected oil onto the skin for two minutes, focusing on the areas that are the most effected by scarring. Place a steaming washcloth over the skin, which will further loosen the scarred skin. Once the cloth cools, use the cloth to wipe off the oil. Repeat twice a day; once in the morning and again in the evening.

Exfoliating the Softened Skin

The skin should be exfoliated with a mildly abrasive substance to remove the dead and discolored skin that has been softened. Baking soda is a gentle, yet effective scrub which will buff off dead skin without damaging the skin’s surface. Combine 1 tbsp. of baking soda with 1 tsp. of water, then spread the mixture onto the skin. Use the fingertips to massage the baking soda mixture onto the skin using circular movements. After one to two minutes, rinse off the skin with water. Repeat twice a day after softening the skin.

Building New Skin Cells

After the dead and discolored skin has been removed from the face, it is important to support the development of new skin cells in order to balance out the skin tone. Vitamin C is a powerful in aiding the skin in creating new cells, and can be applied to the skin daily after exfoliation. Pour 8 oz. of concentrated lemon juice, which is high in Vitamin C, into an empty spray bottle. Spritz the face after the scrub has been rinsed off, and let the lemon juice dry onto the skin. The Vitamin C in the lemon juice will remain on the skin, helping in evening out the skin tone throughout the day.

About this Author

Kelly Sundstrom has been writing children’s literature, cookbooks, and self-help books professionally since 1997. Sundstrom is a published author, including “The Waldorf Cookbook,” “The Reiki Arts Institute Master Coursebook,” and “Acne Free for Life.” Sundstrom studied classical piano, studio art, biology, and creative writing at Kennesaw State University