How to Massage Acne Scars
Acne is caused by hormonal life changes, such as puberty and menopause, environmental factors, diet or stress. Severe acne pustules, often leaves scarring on the skin. Massaging the skin increases blood flow to the area, which in turn helps to heal the acne or remaining scars. Be careful when massaging acne-prone skin and use gentle motions because the inflamed skin could be painful and sore. Acne massage also risks spreading the dirt and bacteria to other parts of the skin.
Massage the acne prone skin with Castor oil mixed with a carrier oil. Castor oil has cleansing, detoxifying and moisturizing properties and has been used in the treatment of acne. Acne treatments often strip the skin of its natural moisture, which can exacerbate the problem. Adding a carrier oil dilutes the thick viscosity of Castor oil. Castor oil also helps to reduce the appearance of scars.
Combine a mixture of 20 percent Castor oil with 80 percnt carrier oil of your choice. If you want to make extra at this time, store the mixture in a clean container.
Apply the oil blend to an unwashed face. Massage the oil into the skin using the fingertips and employing a circular motion. Pay particular attention to problem areas on the skin. Allow yourself to breathe deeply and feel a sense of calm as you massage the skin. Switch to long, slow massage strokes around the skin.
Dampen a washcloth with warm water, but not water that is too hot and will burn the skin. You will gently steam the pores open. Place the washcloth over the face until it cools and repeat with fresh, warm water. Rub the face gently with the washcloth to remove any remaining oil.
Apply cocoa butter to the acne scars to moisturize the skin and help with the healing process. Use your fingers to massage the scars in a circular motion until the cocoa butter is absorbed.
Receive a professional massage. Massages help to move and clear the lymphatic fluids, the body's own detoxification system. Because acne is sometimes caused by bodily toxicity, massage can be an integral piece in clearing up acne and reducing the appearance and number of scars.
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