Acne, a common skin condition characterized by blackheads, whiteheads and pimples, affects 60 million Americans, according to the Acne Resource Center. Mild acne problems can progress to become pus-filled nodules, cysts and pustules. When left untreated or popped open, acne can lead to pitting and scarring. While conventional medical therapies often are costly and have side effects, natural remedies can offer safe and effective remedies to reduce acne scarring.
Lime juice offers valuable benefits to the skin when taken orally or applied topically. With its long history as a digestive remedy, lime juice also provides antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties, as well as alpha-hydroxy acids that lighten acne scars. In addition, its exfoliating action supports skin elasticity and new skin growth, according to Dr. Randall Neustaedter, homeopathic specialist, Oriental medicine practitioner and author of “Homeopathic Pediatrics.”
To make a lime juice drink, stir freshly squeezed lime juice into 8 oz. cold water. Sip it throughout the day.
To use as a topical application, soak a cotton ball in freshly squeezed lime juice, and apply it directly to your acne scars for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water. You will know the juice is working by the mild stinging or burning. If your skin tends to be oversensitive to the citric acids, dilute the lime juice with equal parts filtered water.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar warrants a try as an acne scar remover. According to OrganicFacts.com, apple cider vinegar contains amino acids that act as antiseptic and antibiotic agents. In addition, its acetic acid content works as an antibacterial and antifungal agent. Apple cider vinegar also provides astringent and antifungal properties that draw out toxins from the skin, soothe complexion problems and reduce acne scarring.
Wash your face thoroughly with soap and water. Using a cotton ball, apply apple cider vinegar directly to your scars. You can also sip the vinegar first thing in the morning to rejuvenate and brighten your complexion.
Aloe vera, a succulent plant, not only has antibacterial and antifungal properties, but it accelerates healing, according to GrannyMed.com. Its anti-inflammatory qualities relieve redness associated with acne scars. In addition, aloe vera gel contains emollient qualities that soften and moisturize scar tissue.
Cut a leaf off of an aloe plant, and slice the leaf lengthwise. Scoop out the inner gel with a spoon, and apply it to your acne scars.