Anyone who has suffered from acne as a teen or adult knows the woes of the almighty scar. With acne, if it’s not one thing, it’s another.
I first started breaking out when I was 10 years old and struggled with it all the way up until my 20s. It got better when I stopped consuming caffeine and chocolate, and drank nothing but water, but it wasn’t until I switched my diet when the breakouts completely stopped.
I was excited that I was finally able to achieve the smooth skin I took for granted during my elementary years, but I was still stuck with unsightly acne scars. My cheeks were the main areas of my breakouts, so they had all the scarring. I always hated wearing makeup, but was forced to because I hated my scars even more. Since I was on a path to all things natural, I was determined to find a remedy for these scars.
What I found out
During my research, I came across all sorts of different natural remedies used by men and women across the world. But like most, I was impatient and wanted something to work quickly.
So much so, that I tried using an at-home chemical peel — big mistake! I did this 2 times and each time it did lighten my scars, BUT it left me with an area on the side of my face that looked burned. It was darker than the rest of my face. So now, I had to worry about lightening that scar as well!
After that lesson, I was ready to be patient with a real remedy that would actually do my skin good, not harm it. These are the natural ingredients that I found to actually work:
Lavender essential oil: I have seen great results personally and throughout the web-o-sphere regarding the use of lavender oil for fading acne scars. People have also used it to fade sun spots and age spots. Just make sure you mix it with a base oil rather than putting it directly onto your skin.
Unripe papaya: You may have seen folks on YouTube using ripe and unripened papaya(also known as green papaya) in their face masks. I’ve seen it do wonders on some acne scar sufferers, so I tried it myself. I definitely saw results. It’s just so darn hard to find non-GMO unripe papaya where I live now, so couldn’t continue it’s use. I do plan to buy the powder version of green papaya to use in my exfoliating face masks.