Most people have suffered from acne at some point in their life, whether it be just a few pimples here and there or consistent hormonal breakouts. 85% of teenagers suffer from acne, while some continue to experience this into adulthood. What’s equally as painful to deal with are the acne scars that linger long after the blemishes are gone.
There is hope.
Here are five effective tricks to reduce acne and avoid the acne scars you may already have or to help prevent them from ever occurring:
1. Hands Off! Don’t Cause Yourself Acne Scars
Any dirt and bacteria built up on your hands throughout the day can easily be transferred if you touch your face. That’s why the cardinal rule for those riddled with acne is to be hyper-vigilant about keeping your hands off your face. That includes resting your cheek or chin in your hands, and it most certainly includes picking. Picking at scabs and blackheads or popping pesky whiteheads will only up your chances of incurring scarring later on. This includes avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasive scrubs.
It’s important to keep your skin intact and free of germs if you want to get your healthy glow back.
2. Know What Kind of Acne You’re Dealing With
What type of acne are you battling? Is it inflammatory or noninflammatory? Inflammatory acne includes cysts and pustules that can lead to a greater risk of scarring.
Are you genetically prone to scarring? Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist and educate yourself so you know exactly what you’re dealing with when it comes to your likelihood of getting acne scars. To learn more about face mapping and why you break out on certain areas of your face, check out What Your Acne Says About Your Health.
3. Apply a DIY Acne Face Mask
Chances are, you likely already have a number of products in your pantry, refrigerator, or bathroom that can help reduce your chances of acne scarring. The following natural ingredients can make a significant difference in your skin-care regimen:
- Coconut oil
- Jojoba seed oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Aloe gel
- Essential oils like tea tree
Aloe vera gel, for instance, isn’t just good for soothing sunburns. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals such as zinc, vitamins E, and C—all of which can help soothe skin. And lemon has long-since been known for its ability to whiten the hair and skin. It’s nature’s “Sun-in.”
DIY Acne Face Mask
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp bentonite clay
- 1 Tbsp aloe juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Combine the liquid ingredients.
- Add the turmeric and bentonite clay and stir to make a paste.
- Apply and leave on the face for 15 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
- Use up to twice weekly.