Back acne scars are an unsightly and sometimes painful result of acne. Acne is one of the most common skin disorders, which can happen to all age groups but is most common in teenagers.
There are various reasons why acne forms, it could be because your skin produces too much oil or if the dead skin or bacteria have built up in your pores.
Don’t be discouraged about your acne though, because scars are not completely out of your control, there are numerous remedies you can use to lessen their appearance, and the most effective ones are listed below.
Tumeric is a pungent spice, commonly used for skin care in India. It contains curcumin, an agent with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It works as an exfoliant, boosts skin healing process and produces collagen which results in an improved appearance of acne scars.
As it lightens skin and soothes redness, your scars will be less visible with continuous use.
You can mix turmeric with water, milk or lotion and massage it on your skin, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then wash it off and repeat the process as often as possible.
Keep in mind that turmeric is very pigmented so avoid wearing light-colored clothing after use.
Vitamin E Oil
This oil is very versatile and is used in dermatology for over than 50 years. You can find it as a key ingredient in many skin care products.
It is used for a number of skin conditions, including, wounds, burns, and scars. It is not a single vitamin, but a mix of a number of vitamins with strong antioxidant properties, which help to protect your cells from the free radicals.
This will help to reduce the appearance of your scars. If you use it regularly, it could also prevent new scars from forming.
Buy vitamin E oil in the drugstore, or use Vitamin E oil capsules and extract the oil from them.
Apply the oil directly on your back acne scars, leave on as much as possible, for the best results leave overnight. Repeat this process daily.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a popular solution when it comes to various skin issues. Its properties include acidity, which bleaches the skin; anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce the redness and the third are antibacterial properties which destroy the germs in your pores and lower the risk of new acne.
Apple cider vinegar is also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and will be one of your best allies in diminishing back acne scars.
Dilute apple cider vinegar with some water, and apply it o the affected skin. Leave it to soak in for about 30 minutes and then rinse off. Don’t repeat this process more than once per day.
Aloe vera is a strong healing agent, which is known for its ability to heal damaged skin.
It doesn’t only repair the skin, but also soothes redness, tightens pores, softens skin and even prevents fungal infections.
When all these benefits are combined, they can fade the acne scars in no time.
You can use store-bought aloe vera gel, or extract the gel directly from the aloe leaf. Apply on your skin twice per day, and don’t rinse.
You’ll see the improvement in your skin from day one but use daily until you’re completely happy with the results.
Olive oil is a remedy you probably already have in your house, and besides being great for cooking, it is also a natural moisturizer.
It is important to keep damaged skin well moisturized at all times, and olive oil will also promote healing of the skin.
It contains a lot of minerals and vitamins and is packed with antioxidants, which will in combination stop the skin inflammation and soothe the skin.
Apply the olive oil on your skin before sleep, and let it soak in during the night. Wear an old t-shirt to prevent the staining on your sheets.
You can wash off the residue on the morning if needed.
Oatmeal is packed with fiber and oils which will reduce the inflammation of the skin, tighten pores, reduce swelling and detoxify your skin.
It is a gentle exfoliant and works for all skin types.
To make an oatmeal mask, boil it with some water and let it cool. For an added effect mix it with some rosewater or honey until you develop a thick paste.
Apply the mask on your back, let it sit for about 20 minutes, then wash it out and pat dry.
Eggs are an extremely cheap solution, yet could be your best friend in the battle against back acne scars. They tighten the skin and improve its elasticity for a radiant and youthful look.
They are packed with amino acids which rebuild skin tissue and you’ll see a visible change in a matter of few days.
Don’t whip the egg whites, rather leave them runny. Apply them directly to your skin and let them dry, then rinse your skin and apply a gentle moisturizer ( such as aloe vera or olive oil).
Cinnamon and Honey
Both cinnamon and honey have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which makes them a powerful solution to treat infections, destroy germs and reduce scarring.
Cinnamon also works as an exfoliant, while honey will make your skin soft and radiant.
Mix the cinnamon in honey, the ratio should be 1:2. Apply directly on your skin and wash out after about 15 minutes. You can add some water if the paste is too thick for proper application.
This remedy could sound a bit weird at first because we usually use potatoes only for cooking. But they are not only a great addition to a delicious lunch, they also help with acne scars when used regularly.
They contain potassium, vitamin C, phosphorus and vitamin B, all crucial for the production of collagen and the regeneration of the skin cells.
They also lighten the skin so expect to notice reduced redness.
Use fresh potatoes which contain a lot of moisture and cut it into slices. Rub a slice on your skin in a circular motion until it dries out and then take another slice.
Repeat the process for 20 minutes and let your skin completely dry out. Then wash the treated area, pat dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.
Baking soda is commonly used as part of skin treatments because it acts as an exfoliant. It removes the dead skin cells and balances out the pH level of your skin.
Add baking soda to a cup of water and mix them until they form a paste. Apply the solution to your acne scars and rinse after a few minutes.
Baking soda has strong properties, so don’t use this remedy more than twice per week.
Mint leaves have been used as a natural painkiller for centuries, so they could help you immensely if your scars became painful.
Peppermint is packed with antioxidants so it will also soothe your skin and reduce redness. It will also diminish the new pimples.
To use this remedy, just crush the mint leaves so it releases its juice. Rub both the leaves and the juice on your skin, as you would with any exfoliant. Wash your skin after about 20 minutes.
To boost the benefits even further, include more peppermint in your diet, through mint tea or fresh mint leaves.
Lemons are rich in citric acid which acts as a natural bleach and will lighten your scars and even out their color with the rest of your skin.
They also contain vitamin C which is crucial for building collagen in your body. So, lemon juice will not only treat current acne scars but will also reduce the forming of new acne.
Just apply the lemon juice directly on your skin, and repeat few times per week. You can dilute the lemon juice with water if you have very sensitive skin.
Tomatoes are rich in salicylic acid, which is an ingredient you can find in most store-bought acne treatments. Salicylic acid lightens the skin and unclogs the pores. Like lemon juice, tomatoes are also packed with Vitamin C so they will help to rebuild collagen in your body.
Carotenes give the tomatoes the rich red color, but they will also rebuild the damaged tissue.
Rub your back with raw tomato slices, let everything set for 15 minutes and then wash it out. You can repeat this process daily.
Sandalwood and Rosewater
Sandalwood is a perfect solution especially for oily skin types, and its cicatrizant and antimicrobial properties can fade scars.
Rosewater, on the other hand, is a very versatile remedy and will balance the pH levels of your skin and has anti-inflammatory properties.
These two remedies combined could be your best allies in combating back acne scars.
Mix the two ingredients together and apply them to your skin. If you can, leave them on your skin overnight and rinse in the morning, otherwise, leave on for at least 30 minutes.
Green tea is packed with polyphenols, chemicals known for their antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
It will speed the healing process, and control sebum production and works both in curing and prevention of acne scarring.
There are a few ways you can use green tea to combat acne. The first thing you should do is drink at least one cup of green tea per day.
For skin application, you can use the tea after it sets for about 20 minutes or choose an essential green tea oil instead.
Whatever remedy you choose to try out, it is important to stay persistent, because they all work only with continuous use.
To get the best out of the natural scarring treatment, combine different remedies, and you’ll see a massive change in the appearance of your back acne scars in the first few weeks.