Acne is caused by the hormones - androgens, that over stimulate the sebaceous glands. This clogs the sebaceous glands and the bacteria to cause acne or it may be caused by bacteria named Propionibacterium. Acne can be the result of many other factors too likes - poor hygiene, heredity, stress, use of too much cosmetics and for eating junk and fast foods. The scars are formed after the acne dries. The home remedies for acne scars are the most effective treatment for scar removal. The treatment involves improvement of personal hygiene; change in diet and using the home remedies properly and regularly to get good results.
Maintain good hygienic habits by cleaning your skin thoroughly by using as anti-bacterial soap or a cleanser containing salicylic acid - an exfoliating agent. Topical cleansing agents that contain benzoyl peroxide can be used too. Take steam just steam to reduce acne. Avoid touching them and apply non-greasy cosmetics. Before beginning the home remedies for acne scars, it is important to have a nutritious and healthy diet. Eat green leafy vegetables like romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, etc, fibrous vegetables and fresh fruits. Have vitamin A rich foods like carrots, tomatoes, yams, spinach and parsley. Take foods containing vitamins B and E and those containing the minerals chromium and zinc. Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin.
Sandalwood and rose water paste is among the age-old home remedies for acne scars. Make a thick paste of sandalwood and rose water and apply it on the scar, wash it after 1 hour. Sandalwood has a cooling effect and with rose water, it helps in reducing the scars. Lime juice helps in the removal of scar by removing the dead cells and helps in new cell development. Just dip a cotton ball in lime juice and apply it on the effected region. Leave it on for 10 minutes and wash. Do not apply if the acne has not healed. Rub ice cubes on your face to tighten your pores.
Tomatoes have antioxidant properties that help in reducing sebum production and in repairing scarred and damaged skin. You can apply thin tomato slices on your face and wash it after 15 minutes. One of the other effective home remedies for acne scars is to make a paste of tomato and cucumber and apply it on your face evenly, wash it after 15-20 minutes. Cucumber is well known for its cooling properties. Aloe vera gel can be applied on the scars. But it is best to apply natural aloe vera directly rather than the products available in the market.
Applying honey as a face mask is very helpful in reducing acne scars. Eat honey as it hydrates your skin. It is a natural moisturizer that helps in removing acne scars. Apply a mixture of honey and pearl powder once a week to remove the scars. Olive oil is among the effective home remedies for acne scars. Just apply it on the effected area at night and wash it in the morning with a face wash, it is a good moisturizer. Apply vitamin E oil 3-4 times a day to improve your skin's condition. Dilute apple cider vinegar in water and apply it on the scars, it helps in curing allergies too. Make a paste of sandalwood, azadirachta indica leaves, turmeric and rose water and apply it on your skin to reduce scars.