For those facing acne, the scars are hard to get rid of. Sometimes those deep-seated craters and boxcar scars are still visible despite the heavy coverage foundation and layers of concealer. Without the scars our skin would look so much better and wouldn’t need a ton of makeup. Few products have proven to be successful when it comes to lightening scars. Studies have shown that natural oils can successfully play a role where many synthetic chemicals have failed.
In fact, your skin produces its own natural oil, but we’re either stripping it away or not producing enough. This is why you need to alter your skin care routine based on skin type. You can also use natural oils to supplement your
Here’s a list of Natural Oils for acne scars.
This essential oil has the properties of lemon juice, which is known for its lightening properties. Lemons are rich in vitamin C that boost the production of collagen firming up the skin and promoting the formation of new skin cells. Lemon oil also possesses antibacterial properties responsible for acne breakouts, preventing new scars.
You may be hearing of geranium oil for the first time, but this natural oil was used by the ancient Egyptians for radiant skin. It controls sebum secretion of oily skin and revitalizes dull skin. Due to its cicatrizant properties, it speeds up wound healing. This helps scars and blemishes to fade over time.
This oil isn’t very popular as it’s expensive. It remains effective for healing scars. It’s been used for its medicinal purposes for thousands of years in the Mediterranean. It has anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties that help prevent ageing of the skin by promoting regeneration. Therefore, it’s not just popular for acne scars but for stretch marks as well.
About one thousand pounds of handpicked flowers produce a bottle of neroli oil. Its astringent and antibacterial properties are responsible for lightening scars. It boosts the production of new skin cells while improving skin elasticity and healing broken capillaries under the skin.
Sandalwood oil has been added to many soaps and creams. It’s considered anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant, emollient, astringent and expectorant, along with many other properties. It also promotes cell proliferation replacing the scarred skin cells with fresh, new cells. It also firms up the skin and is an ingredient in aftershave and toners.
Calendula is distilled from marigold flowers and is used in nearly 200 different shampoos, lotions, and creams. It possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to flavonoids— antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage. It’s one of the best essential oils for scars as it speeds up healing and prevent scarring by inhibiting free radical damage.
In 2009, in a study conducted in Kerala, India it was proven that ointments with calendula, accelerated healing, as 90% of wounds healed within eight days, compared to 51% of wound closure in those who did not receive this treatment.
Tea Tree oil
Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, has been widely used in Australia for over a century. Its commonly used for treating acne and acne scarring. In addition to healing scars, the oil has the potential to heal wounds in psoriasis and eczema.
Lavender oil is a key ingredient in many creams and lotions that reduce the appearance of acne scars. It contains antibacterial and anti fungal properties, thus preventing bacteria from infecting pores. It promotes wound healing and deters scaring.
In addition to this, there are many other essential oils of rosemary, coconut, jojoba, carrot seed and the list goes on. Pick anyone and give it a go for six weeks, religiously applying this to your scars daily before going to bed. These are natural products with no side effects like stinging, redness or breakouts that you see with chemical products.
How to use natural oils?
All these oils require a carrier oil like almond or olive oil. Mix 4-5 drops of any natural oil of your choice with ¼ tsp of the carrier oil. Using a cotton swab or Q-tip, dab it on your scars. Leave it on for about thirty minutes and wash off with a mild anti-acne face wash and cool water. Repeat daily. This will take at least three weeks before you see visible results. You can also go to Facingacne.com to find more acne solutions. Do you have a favourite essential oil? If so, let us know about the results.
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