How to Lighten Acne Scars and Dark Marks

Fade out those unsightly post-acne pigmentation

Sure, your acne may be gone but leaving behind are trails of acne scars and dark marks that serve as an ugly reminder of that painful experience. Many people may turn to expensive laser treatments to remove these blemishes; however, not everyone has access to such privileges. Here, we have a guide to show you some ways to fade out those pesky acne scars!

First of all, what are the types of acne scars?

Ice pick scars relatively small in diameter but are considerably deep holes on the surface of the skin.
Boxcar scars are more superficial, but have sharp edges instead of rounded ones.
Rolling scars have smoother, rounder edges akin to “wave-like” undulations.
Hypertrophic scars are raised slightly above the skin surface and are firm to the touch.

And here are some recommended ways to lighten acne scars!

1. Hands off your face!

A lot of us are guilty of popping pimples and squeezing our zits! However, when done wrongly and roughly, it could lead to inflammation and injury to your skin. Bacteria might then enter the wound and cause an infection—leading to even deeper scars!

We don’t recommend it unless you are a professional, but if you really have to do it, wash your hands and face thoroughly and do it very gently!

2.Stay away from the sun!

Long exposure to the harmful UV rays without protection may cause these pigmentations to darken even more. The sun may cause hyperpigmentation to scars especially if they are new. To reduce the appearance of acne scars, always wear sunscreen or hats to protect yourself from the glare!

3. Miracle plant: Aloe Vera!

Aloe vera gel has two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. They are excellent for wound healing and have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Gibberellins has a growth hormone that can help to stimulate the growth of new cells. Thus, it helps the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring—this will help to fade out acne scars over time!

Put aloe vera gel on problem area around twice every day to see visible results. Your acne scars will start to diminish and your skin will start glowing and become tighter.

4. Hello Tea Tree Oil!

Tea Tree Oil has many wonderful properties like being antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is a natural and effective way to lighten and heal acne scars especially, hypertrophic scars.

Apply two to four drops of tea tree oil to the affected area two times a day—for even better results, combine it with coconut oil!

5. Scrub Away!

Buildup of dead skin cells, excess oil and dirt might aggravate your skin conditions and cause acne breakouts. It is essential to exfoliate your skin with a gentle and mild scrub 2 to 3 times a week. Try not to use exfoliants that has shells or rough pieces of seeds that might be too rough and cause more damage to your skin. Choose round beads that are delicate and suitable for gentle exfoliation.

In addition, excessive exfoliation might back fire and result in even more damage— be sure to practice moderation!

6. DIY? Think Again!

Sometimes home remedies and recipes may cause more harm in the end! Some people may apply lemon juice on their scars after seeing a recommendation online only to develop a reaction to the lemon juice. Sure, some of these remedies may work wonders for you, but due to a lack of knowledge and expertise, it might result in chemical burns or allergic reactions! Be cautious!

7. Build a Good Skincare Routine!

The next best thing you can do to keep scarring minimal is to treat any existing acne and pimples on your face. Unsuitable or poor skincare regimes may cause more breakouts and increase future scarring and irritation. Remove any harsh facial cleansers, don’t over-wash your face (2-3 times daily is the recommended amount), and visit a professional if you have any queries!

Acne scarring is not an uncommon skin problem and many people face daily struggles with it. Thankfully, there are a range of non-invasive treatments and skincare products in the market right now that can help to fade out these acne scars and dark marks. Everyone’s skin is different and there is no one size fit all solution. It is always good to understand yourself and your skin’s needs better in order to be one step closer to clearer, blemish-free skin!