How To Fade Acne Scars, Naturally!
Fighting acne can feel like an unwinnable feat, especially when you’re dealing with painful hormonal or cystic acne. If, after months or years of trying to get your skin under control, you finally succeed, the results can be a little lacklustre when you’re left with acne scars.
The appearance of acne scars are a nuisance at best but at the worst, can affect your self-esteem. Thankfully, it isn’t impossible to remove acne scars, all it takes are the right ingredients.
If you’re looking to remove or reduce the appearance of acne scars on your skin, look to these five all-natural ingredients.
Salicylic acid is one of the most popular ingredients in acne-fighting products. So if you’re at the point where you’re trying to minimise your acne scars, then you’ve probably used this ingredient in the past.
By now you’re likely familiar with its main benefits - namely that it exfoliates the skin, removing excess oil and dead skin cells, thereby unclogging the pores. However, beyond that, salicylic acid also helps reduce inflammation in the form of redness and swelling, which in turn, can minimise the appearance of scarring.
Working salicylic acid into your daily skincare routine can see major improvements in acne scarring over time. As salicylic acid can be quite drying, especially for those with sensitive skin, we recommend applying it via a serum that combines the acid with other moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid.
Lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), is another ingredient known for its ability to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Lactic acid not only sloughs off dead skin cells (just as salicylic acid does), but it can also help lighten dark scar tissue. It can even smooth rough or uneven scar tissue, decreasing the appearance of pores. As an AHA, it’s a gentle ingredient, making it suitable for sensitive skin (though we always recommend a patch test when introducing anything new into your skincare routine).
Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe vera juice is one of our favourite natural remedies for acne scars. It has some serious healing properties, whether you’re dealing with scarring, cuts and bruises, or sunburns. Applying a skincare product that contains aloe vera juice can reduce inflammation and subsequently, the size of scar tissue. For this reason, aloe vera juice is a key ingredient in our Glow Serum. Say goodbye to acne scars with this natural, plant-based extract.
Ginger Root Extract
Ginger is another powerful plant known for its ability to reduce the appearance of acne scars. Chock full of antioxidants, ginger (especially in extract form), can help fight hyperpigmentation and scarring caused by acne. The daily use of ginger root extract helps improve blood flow and brighten the skin, not to mention fight inflammation, making acne scars less noticeable. Look for a cleanser or serum that contains ginger root extract to add to your routine.
Licorice Root Extract
Finally, licorice root extract is an acne scar superstar. Known for combating hyperpigmentation, this plant-based ingredient blocks the enzymes in your body that triggers skin to darken. So if you suffer from dark spots, whether from sun exposure, aging, or acne scarring, try adding some licorice root extract into your skincare regimen.