Some of us are unlucky enough to have suffered from acne through high school, college, or adult life. Acne can leave ugly, deep, and sometimes even painful scars in the skin. If you know what I'm talking about, I sympathize. I know all about the awful toll it takes on someone's self confidence beacuse I've been there. Thankfully, I was able to avoid inundating my body with synthetic medication and solutions after I discovered these easy, healthy habits. And here's the selling point, ladies and gentlemen: they actually worked!
- Olive and Sesame Seed Oil. This sounds crazy, I know. Health experts will tell you that acne is often caused by an excess of oil in the skin. Once your acne is gone and you're left with scarring, why would you want to put extra oil in your body? Because without the good fats that are in Olive and Sesame Oil, your skin will be dry and more susceptible to common skin ailments. I take 3 tablespoons of each spread throughout the day. My acne scars began paling after this.
- Coconut Oil. Take 2 teaspoons every day and your scars will start to heal over 3-6 weeks. It tastes delicious (like the inside of a truffle!) and what's even better is that it will make your skin unbelievably soft. You can also rub it over dry hands like lotion to heal cracking or flaky skin, as well.
- Miracle Mist. I wish I could be a spokesperson for this product. It's called Miracle Mist, and it comes in the form of a gel or a spray. It's made from all-natural products, and it's often used to treat burn victims, so it works fantastic on scarring. It works in a cycle: every 3 weeks you will see major paling in any scarring. But remember, do not mix it with any other type of skin lotion or potion!
- Wash with Distilled or Softened Water. This may come as a surprise, but chlorinated water can actually irritate acne scars and make them appear redder than they really are. Your skin will become softer and less red if you wash with water that has been distilled, purified, or softened. (I figured this out after months of traveleing and discovering that the hotels' softened water didn't irritate my skin)
- Stay away from wheat. If you're super-sensitive like me, the processed estrogen in wheat products always made my acne and subsequent damaged tissues flare up. I stay away from wheat to this day and instead substitute products like soy. I have fruit intsead of cookies and rice pancakes instead of Aunt Jemima's waffles.
- Stay out of the sun. When I was in High School somebody told me that tanning would make my scarring go away. It did - but only until my tan faded. When summer ended I had literally burned the scars deeper into my skin and it took months longer in the long run to get rid of them. Keep your skin shaded from the sun. Wear sunscreen. Wear a hat. Huddle under a beach umbrella. You get my point!
And that, dear readers, are just a few of things I've learned to do that heals acne scarring. Everything here really works, but I warn you to be patient. Natural remedies take about 3 weeks to see results, so don't give up, just wait for it!