If you have to deal with acne redness and scars, especially, mild to moderate acne, the best solution to employ is to use home remedies, as there are several effective and proven acne scar removal remedies.
Many of these are actually derived from the ancient Indian Ayurveda medical science while some are based on simple holistic kitchen ingredients.
Causes Of Acne Scars
Acne can be non-Inflammatory or inflammatory. While whiteheads and blackheads usually fall under the non-inflammatory type, papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts are the inflammatory types of acne.
Inflammatory acne usually tends to leave behind scars and marks, and inflamed acne blemishes occur when your skin pores become inflated as a result of excess oil, dead cells, and bacteria clogging them.
This typically leads to the swelling of the pores, which then causes the follicle walls to expand and break or burst. If this break occurs close to the surface of your skin, the resulting acne lesion is considered minor and heals quickly, but if the break on the follicle is deep, the lesion will be more severe, and the infection may leak out into the dermis, destroying healthy skin tissues.
Dietary Remedies To Remove Acne Scars
According to Ayurveda, acne is a result of excess acidity in the body. Thus, you must eat acid reducing foods or an alkaline diet, if you are to reduce your acne.
This acid reducing diet mainly comprises of fruits and vegetables, especially, cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli etc…
Excess acidity in the body is also commonly caused by environmental factors or life changes that lead to stress as well as hormonal disturbances etc.
Sometimes, bacterial infections could cause excess acidity, and the exposure to certain chemicals found in cosmetics, or too much of sun can also lead to acne and acne scars.
Thus, non-acidic diets are recommended by Aurvedic doctors, and this diet includes non-spicy foods.
One must also strictly avoid nicotine and alcohol, and must also stay away from oily, fermented and sugary foods.
Some Ayruvedic herbs that reduce acne and clear up the skin include: Shatavari (asparagus), Kutki(Picrorhiza kurroa) and Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) also called Amrit.
These are highly valued and extremely cooling ingredients and can help balance excess pitta in the body. They are readily available in the Indian stores, and also have plethora of health benefits apart from clearing acne scars.
Simply make a mixture of these three herbal powders, (1/4 tsp each) and have it 2-3 times a day.
Avoid Pro-Inflammatory Foods
Meanwhile, Avoid pro-inflammatory foods like:
- Sugar (the added sugars, not naturally present in food) and highly-refined foods such as white bread, pasta, cakes).
- Fried foods, and foods cooked in high-temperatures (deep-fried foods). These kind of foods promote inflammatory response in the body, and can cause an inflammation of the skin, larger pores and oilier skin.
Foods That Help Reduce Acne Scars
Low Glycemic Foods: High glycemic diet promotes inflammation, but low glycemic diet, will prevent inflammation. Low glycemic diets includes:
- whole grain foods,
- beans and legumes
These types of foods are digested slowly, resulting in a slow release of energy and no insulin spikes. This equals lower inflammation and fewer breakouts.
Vitamin C is magical for the skin, and a good, powerful antioxidant that also promotes collagen formation, skin elasticity, and dirt extraction when applied topically.
Vegetable sources of vitamin C are broccoli, spinach, kale, and chives, but for topical application, you can juice vegetables that are rich in vitamin C and include it in your daily facial cleanser to tighten your pores.
Vegetables high in zinc may act to reduce the inflammation of skin. Dietary sources of zinc are mushrooms, squash, zucchini, and spinach.
Polyphenols are found in tea, and studies have found that polyphenols in tea have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with maintaining pores as well.
Selenium helps promote skin elasticity, reduce skin inflammation, and helps in the regulation of glutathione peroxidase. Selenium can be found in aromatic vegetables such as onion, and garlic.
Selenium can also be found in Brazil nuts, brown rice, chia seeds, sunflower, sesame, and flax seeds as well!
Ensure to stay hydrated always, and drink plenty of water and also Blue water.
To make blue water,
- Take some filtered mineral water in a transparent bottle,
- Cover with blue cellophane paper.
- Place it in the sun for 3-4 hours
- Drink this water 3 times a day, as it really works for acne scars.
Aloe vera has many healing properties that can reduce acne and subsequent scars. Thus, include aloe vera juice in your diet.
Finally, you can reduce acne scars through stress control. Practice yoga and deep belly breathing in which your diaphragm or stomach should expand with each incoming breath and the chest should, ideally, remain at rest. Do this couple of times a day to control stress.
Yoga postures like sun salutations can help relax the skin and face and also reduce stress hormones.
Visualization may also work for you. To do that:
- close your eyes and quiet your mind,
- Then visualize, and command your skin tissues that your acne has healed.