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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SKINCARE TALK WITH BOLA AKINBOADE-BELLO: 5 SIMPLE WAYS TO REMOVE SCARS CAUSED BY ACNE


PREVENTION IS BETTER!
Before I go on to share some really beneficial home remedies to remove acne scars naturally, I want to share some words of wisdom. There are certain things that you should avoid in order to prevent forming scars at the first place. It’s not essential to have scars even if you get pimples!
Who likes scars and especially on face? Getting rid of acne scars is a little tougher than eliminating acne actually. Pimples can be naturally treated with many ingredients having anti-inflammatory or antibacterial properties which are in abundance in nature. However, pimple scars are a little stubborn as they don’t go easily. However, as the saying goes, nothing is impossible. It may take some time but your regular efforts using certain natural bleaching agents as well as other ingredients may lighten your acne scars and gradually remove them permanently.

DON’T PLAY WITH YOUR ACNE
Keep your hands off your acnes! Don’t play with them, don’t pick them or squeeze them, just leave them alone when you are not applying any remedy on them. Whatever you are doing to remove pimples, do it with gentle hands. Why? I’ll tell you.
When you get acne, there is intense inflammation on your facial skin and there is loss of collagen. Collagen is the protein fiber, one of the components of skin which gives skin its elasticity. When you pick or squeeze your pimples, it leads to further inflammation and injury to your skin. It also leads the bacteria and pus in your pimple goes deep down into your skin resulting in more loss of collagen which means even deeper scars on your face.


DON’T EXPOSE SCARS TO SUN
Your body is capable of taking care of your scars and they will get lighter with time. However, if you expose them to sun, their healing process will slow down and the scars will get darker. So, avoid sun. If it’s essential to go out in sun, use sunscreen to guard your skin and also cover yourself with hat, umbrella, clothes- whatever you can lay hands on.

NATURAL REMEDIES TO REMOVE PIMPLE/ACNE SCARS
There are various natural ingredients that you can apply on scars to remove scars from your face.

LEMON JUICE FOR ACNE SCARS
Lemon is natural bleach. Vitamin C in lemon helps in rebuilding collagen. When you use lime juice on your acne scars, the spots get lighter day by day.
Lemon juice is an excellent skin lightening agent. It is the acid in lemon juice that helps brighten your skin and make the scars less visible. It can, in fact, fade away freckles and lighten the dark scars faster. Not only scars, if you have swollen pimples, lemon juice can help reduce its redness too. And it is probably the most easily available ingredient lying there in your fridge. So, you just need to get it from there and squeeze out some of its fresh juice to apply to your acne scar, everyday! However, just do not step out in sun after applying lemon juice to your skin. It makes your skin sensitive to sun’s rays. Even hours after when you step out of your home, do not forget to apply sunscreen to shield your skin.

HOW TO USE LEMON JUICE FOR ACNE SCARS
           Take a fresh lemon and squeeze out its juice. Apply this juice directly on your scars with finger tips or a cotton ball, leave it for ten minutes and wash it off with water. Do this once a day for two to three weeks during which you can see your scars diminish considerably. If you want, you can also mix honey with your lemon juice to make it some more effective in reducing the acne scars.
           If your skin is very sensitive, dilute lemon juice by mixing some rose water and then apply on your scars.
           You can even mix a teaspoon of lemon juice with two teaspoons of Vitamin E oil and then apply this to your acne scars. Vitamin E is a very good emollient with lots of antioxidants that protects and even improves your skin texture.

MAKING A LEMON MASK TO REMOVE PIMPLE SCARS
You will need the following:-
           Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
           Honey – 1 tbsp
           Almond oil – 1 tbsp
           Milk – 2 tbsp
Directions:
           Mix them all together and apply on the scars once daily for about 7-10 days. You’ll see the difference.
           After applying lemon juice, never ever step out in sun without sunscreen!

LEMON AND HONEY FOR ACNE SCARS REMOVAL
Get these stuffs:
           Lemons- 1-2
           Honey (optional)- 1 tsp
           Cotton ball
Follow these steps:
           Squeeze the lemons to take out the fresh juice in a bowl.
           Add the honey to this lemon juice and mix well.
           Dip the cotton ball in this mixture.
           Now apply this mixture on your cotton ball to whole of your face or the area where you have acne scars.
           Leave for about 10-15 minutes.
           Wash off with water and pat dry.
           Do this once every day for at least 2-3 weeks.

HONEY FOR ACNE SCARS
Honey is also capable of treating acne scars.
How to use honey for acne scars
           Apply honey on the scars and leave it overnight. Wash off in the morning.
           Mix 2 tablespoons of honey with ¼ cup of oatmeal. Apply this mixture gently on pimple scars. Leave it for about 15-20 minutes then wash off with look-warm water.
           Add ½ tsp of cinnamon powder with 1 tbsp of honey and apply on scars. Leave it for an hour. You can even use it overnight. Then wash off.
Make a honey-aspirin mask to remove pimple scars
Although aspirin is not a natural ingredient but you can always use it with honey to get rid of your acne scars. The salicylic acid in aspirin does wonders and its gritty texture gives you perfect exfoliation.
You will need the following:
           Honey- 2 tbsp
           Aspirin-2-3
           Water- few drops
Follow these steps:
           Put the aspirins in a few drops of water till they get dissolved into it and form a paste. Don’t use too much water as you need a gritty texture for exfoliation.
           Add honey to this aspirin-water paste and mix
           Apply on your scars and leave for 15 minutes.
           Now wash it off.

ALOE VERA
This wonder herb, Aloe Vera, not only soothes swollen skin but also helps in regenerating damaged tissues boosting the healing process. It’s better to use fresh gel like substance directly from the aloe vera leaf than to use over the counter products containing aloe vera.
How to use aloe vera for acne scars
Take an aloe vera leaf and peel its outer green cover. You’ll see a gel like substance beneath its green outer cover. Take out this gel and apply it on your scars. Leave it for about half an hour and then wash off.
Apply aloe vera gel twice daily to see the results in just few days. Not only will your acne scars will diminish but also your skin will start glowing and will become tighter.

OLIVE OIL
Olive oil can be said to be the most skin friendly oil because it contains a whole lot of vitamins ranging from, (A, D, E, C, B1 and B2), iron and antioxidants. The anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil also help remove acne scars.
How to use olive oil for acne scars
You need to apply olive oil to your scars before going to bed.
You will need the following:
           Olive oil
           Warm Water
           A clean cloth or towel
Follow these steps:
           Take a little olive oil and gently massage your face with this. Focus more on the pimple scars.
           Massage for a few minutes till the time you can feel that all the oil has been absorbed by your skin.
           Now take a clean towel or cloth and drape it into warm water.
           Put the warm wet cloth on to your face to get the steam.
           Now wipe away the excess oil gently with the cloth. Don’t rub though.
           After 1-2 minutes, wash off your face with normal water.

BAKING SODA
Baking soda is yet another popular remedy for removing acne scars through its exfoliating effects. The gentle coarse granules of soda mixed with water remove the dead skin layer off your face without any inflammation caused during the application.
How to use baking soda for acne scars
           Take a couple of teaspoons of baking soda and using water make a consistent paste.
           Gently massage your face with this paste focusing on pimple scars.
           After massaging for 1-2 minutes, leave the paste there on the face for few minutes.
           Now wash off with warm water.
           Apply some moisturizer, preferably olive oil.
Repeat the process twice or thrice a week.

(Bola Akinboade-Bello is a lifestyle blogger, fashion designer and beauty therapist/cosmetologist. She started her journey into the fashion and beauty industry as a model in 1999 and modelled for top fashion and beauty brands. In March 2006, she joined City People Media Group as a style writer, and rose with a short period to become the Fashion Editor. Her clothing line, Betyl BAT Clothing and Accessories and natural skincare range, Chanterelle Skincare, are doing great in the market)

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