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Acne is a common skin condition that appears when hair follicles get clogged with naturally occurring bacteria and sebum, or oil. Usually, these blemishes or lesions appear primarily on the face, although the back, neck and chest also are characteristic regions of acne. Sufferers of this disease often experience extreme emotional distress caused by embarrassment and reduced self-esteem.
Many times acne can leave visible scars in response to popping and picking at blemishes. Using naturally scar-diminishing facial treatments, you can effectively reduce the appearance of acne scars without the harsh side effects of chemicals or the extra cost. Always consult your physician prior to beginning any new skin program.
Avocado and Oatmeal Exfoliator
Removing amassed dead skin cells from the surface helps to stimulate healthy skin cell production at the dermis layer. Keratin-filled cells helps to safeguard the skin from environmental deterrents that can lead to cellular damage or increased instances of acne. Removing this debris from acne scars helps the skin heal and reduce its appearance.
Using a mixture of avocado and oatmeal applied directly to the face in upward strokes helps to remove acne-causing impurities while delivering essential vitamin E that lessens the appearance of scars. Oatmeal acts as a mild buffing mechanism to lift away dirt, impurities and debris on the skin’s surface while soothing the irritation associated with acne, states the RN Guide to Skin Care website. Avocados are rich in vitamin E, the essential compound in promoting healthy skin and reducing the visibility of scarring, Medline Plus notes 1.
- Removing amassed dead skin cells from the surface helps to stimulate healthy skin cell production at the dermis layer.
- Using a mixture of avocado and oatmeal applied directly to the face in upward strokes helps to remove acne-causing impurities while delivering essential vitamin E that lessens the appearance of scars.
Lemon and Cucumber Wash
The Best Facials for Acne Prone Skin
Refraining from picking or squeezing blemishes can prevent further breakouts and scarring. Sometimes, however, acne can leave characteristic hyper-pigmented scarring. Lemon juice contains natural antiseptic qualities helpful in cleansing the face and preventing acne, states the Organic Facts website 23. Additionally, the acidic consistency of lemon helps to fade scars on the skin’s surface as a mild bleaching agent.
Lemon can be extremely strong, so using it in tandem with cucumber helps to regulate its effectiveness. Cucumber provides soothing relief to dry, irritated skin often experienced with acne. It also acts as a moisturizer to help hydrate the skin without adding oil as well as reduce the appearance of scars, reports the Organic Facts website 23. Simply grate a small cucumber and add fresh squeezed lemon juice. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until cool. Use a cotton pad to apply the wash to the face and then rinse. Use this face wash daily and scars can diminish over time.
- Refraining from picking or squeezing blemishes can prevent further breakouts and scarring.
- Additionally, the acidic consistency of lemon helps to fade scars on the skin’s surface as a mild bleaching agent.
Olive Oil Moisturizer
Olive oil contains essential amounts of vitamin E that helps to prevent and reduce scarring. Additionally, olive oil as a topical agent helps to dissolve impurities while nourishing the skin without clogging the pores, reports the Disabled World website. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which prevents damage to cell structure that can increase scarring or make it appear worse. Simply dab a small amount of olive oil over scars to promote cell renewal. Do not overuse this moisturizer as it can cause breakouts if used in excess.
- Olive oil contains essential amounts of vitamin E that helps to prevent and reduce scarring.
- Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which prevents damage to cell structure that can increase scarring or make it appear worse.
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- Medline Plus: Vitamin E
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