How to Remove Acne Marks
Sometimes life ain't fair. You've suffered a breakout and now you're contending with the spots that are left behind. You could consider formal treatment options with your dermatologist, such as a prescription bleaching cream, microdermabrasion, laser treatment or chemical peels. You could elect to be patient because the spots are not scars and will fade on their own over time, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Or you can try some simple remedies at home to speed the fading process.
Apply an over-the-counter antibacterial ointment directly after your breakout. This will speed healing and minimize spotting. Triple antibiotic ointments can be found at drug and grocery stores.
Utilize a fruit that has collagen-building vitamin C as a gentle exfoliant. Blend ¼ cup of your fruit, such as a pineapple. Dab it onto the spots or spread it over your face. Rinse this after 10 to 15 minutes. The ascorbic acid in the fruit helps to fade acne spots, according to American Chronicle news service.
Concoct a blemish bleaching treatment by mixing 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, a small peeled potato, half of a small cucumber and 1 tbsp. organic yogurt, recommends the July 2004 edition of "Acupuncture Today" magazine. Blend the ingredients, then dab the paste on your stains. Cover the area with two hot and damp towels. Rinse off after 15 to 20 minutes. Follow the treatment with a moisturizer.
Use pure aloe vera gel to fade your spots. Aloe has natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. If you are using a plant, remove an outer leaf near the trunk. Slit it in the middle and allow the yellow latex to drain because the latex can irritate skin, advises GrannyMed.com. Remove the leaf's thick skin with a serrated knife, open the leaf and apply the gel directly on the acne marks.
Take precautions to ensure your spots don't get darker. Apply oil-free sunscreen 20 minutes prior to leaving your house, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology. Sun often will make your spots more visible. Ensure that your product has SPF of 30 or more and protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Avoid squeezing or picking at your acne as well, as this increases your chance of having a spot in the first place, advises KidsHealth.org.
Eat to speed skin cell turnover and promote skin health. Consume orange and yellow vegetables to gain vitamin A, eat green leafy vegetables for vitamin E and silica, and add salmon or use flaxseed oil to get omega-3 fatty acids. Have beef or pork for dinner to gain zinc, and add iron-rich foods like meat, eggs, beans, leafy greens and enriched cereals to your diet. Take in skin-essential vitamin C with citrus fruits, strawberries or green leafy vegetables to support collagen growth and help skin cell turnover. Don't forget to drink eight to 10 glasses of water each day. Your skin cannot regenerate itself well if you are even mildly dehydrated, and water carries vital nutrients to your cells, according to the Mayo Clinic.
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