Pimples are the real culprit I know all beautiful ladies agree with me. Painful are the scars left behind the pimples. It is not painful, whenever you are confronting a mirror you will feel the pain. So, how to get rid of acne scars overnight? Every pretty girl has wondered in different phases of their life. Getting rid of acne scars need some insight on the type of pimple you have and remedy suitable for you. Let us see different ways to get rid of acne scars. Natural remedies, as well as medical treatments, are available to treat the scars.
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How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars Overnight?
Getting rid of acne scars overnight might be a far possibility. However, you can get rid of the scars quickly. Most of the pimple scars take few months to fade. In the meantime, you can do certain things to speed up the recovery process and avoid hyperpigmentation. Here are few natural remedies, medical treatments, and skin care tips to help you get rid of scars.
1. Lemon Juice
The natural bleaching properties of lemon juice help you to fade the scars. Dilute the fresh lime juice by mixing water with equal parts. Apply the liquid on the scars avoiding the surrounding areas. Allow it to work on the scars for 15 to 20 minutes. You can rinse the region with plain water after 20 minutes. Or you can also put lemon juice mask overnight. Nevertheless, this method is not suggested as the pH of lemon juice is 2.0 and pH value of skin lies between 4.0 and 7.0. If the lemon juice is left for long time on the skin or applied without diluting may cause significant chemical burns on the skin. On top of it Bergapten a chemical present in the lemon juice attaches to the DNA allowing UV rays to affect the skin easily.
Soon after applying lemon juice moisturize the region immediately as citric acid in the lemon will be drying on the skin. You can use lime juice for treating the scars instead of lemon.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda helps exfoliate your skin minimizing the appearance of scars. Make a liquid paste by mixing two teaspoons of water with one teaspoon of baking soda. Apply the paste all over the face gently and rub your fingers on the face in circular motion. Concentrate on the scars while rubbing the paste. Wash the face using warm water after few minutes. Do not apply baking soda on active acne as the pH value of baking soda is 7.0 it is too basic. Optimal pH of the skin is between 4.7 and 5.5, and this is a hostile environment for the bacteria causing pimple acne to grow. If the pH value is raised and making it more basic prompts the growth of bacteria.
Baking soda can also be used for spot treatment that is to say it can be applied only to the scars directly and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse the region.
Manuka honey or raw honey is the best one for treating pimple scars. The antibacterial property of honey aids in removing scars and soothes the skin. Additionally, it reduces inflammation. You can directly dab the honey on the scarred region with a q-tip. Unlike other remedies, honey moisturizes your skin. It is apt for sensitive skin as it does not produce any irritation.
You can also use pearl powder in combination with honey and apply on the scars. Pearl powder also reduces the inflammation fading the pimple scars.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the best natural remedies. The plant’s sap produces a soothing effect on the skin by relieving burns, wounds and scars. It moisturizes your skin, rejuvenates and promotes fading off the acne scars. Aloe vera is available in the drug stores in your vicinity. However, you can get aloe vera plant and use sap from the broken leaf for a natural extract for effective treatment. The sap appears gel-like and you can directly dab it over the scars. There is no need to wash off the aloe vera gel from the skin.
For more intense treatment, you can add one or two drops of tea tree oil to the aloe vera gel. Apply the mixture on the scars. Aloe vera promotes clear skin.
5. Ice Cube
Ice cube is the simplest home remedy. It helps promote soothing, reduces inflammation and redness of the skin. Just wrap the ice cube in a paper towel or a clean cloth and hold against the pimple scars till you feel numbness in the region.
To get best results freeze strong green tea instead of freezing plain water. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea combined with the cooling effect of the ice cube will fade the scars.
The healing properties of sandalwood aids fading the acne scars. Moreover, using sandalwood is simple; prepare sandalwood paste by adding a tablespoon of sandalwood powder to few drops of milk or rose water. Apply the paste on the scars and leave it for 30 minutes. Rinse the affected area with plain water. You can repeat the process until the scars completely disappear.
As spot treatment of individual scars, you can use the mixture of sandalwood powder and honey. The combo of sandalwood powder and honey works to reduce inflammation and to get rid of scars.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar maintains the pH of the skin. It helps to reduce the scars and red marks. Before applying the apple cider vinegar make sure you dilute the liquid by adding half of its strength of water. Using cotton ball apply the liquid every day on the scars to see the scars gradually fade off.
Apart from the above mentioned natural remedies as a next level of treatment you can go for simple medications. Medical creams, as well as other treatments, are available to get rid of scars. You can start off with simple ones like cortisone ointment.
Cortisone ointments reduce the inflammation and promote healing. Before using cortisone ointment take the consent of your doctor on which ointment suits your skin best.
Cortisone ointments are available in both over-counter forms and on prescription. Apply the ointment only on the scars and before applying read through the instructions on usage.
Skin Lightening Cream
Arbutin, Vitamin C, mulberry extract, kojic acid, and licorice extract present in the skin lightening creams help to fade away the scars. The cream reduces the hyper-pigmentation of the region without causing any side effects as irritation or any damage to the skin.
- Avoid using products containing hydroquinone as this may cause skin irritation and it is named as potential carcinogen.
- People with dark skin (especially black or African people) avoid using lightening creams as it removes the melanin present in the skin resulting in blemishes on the skin.
- Meet your dermatologist to get glycolic chemical peel that works in a similar way but it is more effective as it penetrates into deeper layers of the skin.
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A and retinoids are used in wide variety of skin products. These are used in treating fine lines, skin discoloration, acne, and wrinkles. Retinoid promotes the collagen production that speeds up the cell recovery. Though these creams are high priced, most of the dermatologists suggest these products for quick and effective recovery.
- The retinoid products manufactured by major skin care brands can be purchased without a prescription. However, if you are going for something strong, then you must possess a prescription from your dermatologist.
- Additionally, these creams are sensitive to UVA rays in the sunlight. Therefore, do not apply the cream during the night in order to protect your skin.
Even after several months you are not getting rid of the acne scar then you can opt for laser treatment. Based on your need the laser therapy is opted accordingly so as to one that stimulates the production of collagen or to fade away the scar and promote the growth of new skin at that place.
Talk to your dermatologist about the possibilities for you undergoing the treatment and potential risks, side effects associated with it.
In some cases, acne might have left behind dent on your skin surface. Then it is impossible to permanently fill the indentation. However, you can temporarily get a filler injection that fills the indentation to get even skin surface. The effects of the injection do not long last and you will have to repeat the injection once in four or six months for the desired results.
Chemical Peels And Microdermabrasion
You cannot expect results overnight using these treatments as these treatments are harsh on the skin and require little time to heal. If the creams and lotions fail to produce required results, then you can opt for this treatment. And if you are concerned about evening the skin tone then this is the one for you.
- Using a chemical peel involves applying the highly concentrated acidic solution on the skin. The acid burns the top layer of the skin leaving behind the new fresh layer of the underneath skin.
- Microdermabrasion also produces a similar effect, but it exfoliates the skin with the help of rotating wire brush.
Take Care Of Your Skin
An easy way to get rid of the scars is to prevent the pimples. Take care of your skin to avoid getting pimples and indeed the scars. Below are some of the precautionary measures that help you keep your skin pimple free.
Protect Your Skin From Sun
Protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. Ultraviolet rays trigger the pigment producing cells worsening the appearance of pimple scars. Apply sunscreen before going out in sun use cream with SPF 30 or higher. Moreover, you can use a wide brimmed hat and stay at shady places to keep away from sun rays.
In the process of getting rid of acne scars and discoloration, people tend to use many abrasive products that are harmful to the skin. As a result, this worsens the situation resulting in irritation. So, it is important to listen to your skin and choose the right product. If your skin is reacting badly to certain product avoid it, stick to gentle and light products. Make-up removers, scrubs, moisturizers and facial cleansers should soothe your skin instead of producing inflammation.
Do not use hot water to wash your face as hot water may dry your skin. Use water that is relatively cool to avoid drying of skin.
Using rough loofahs, facecloths and sponges may harm your skin producing irritation. Soft face towels are the best option.
Exfoliation removes the dead cells from the skin leaving behind fresh and new skin. The pimple scars only affect the top layer of skin and exfoliation helps remove dead cells thus quicken the process of fading. You can exfoliate using any facial scrub but make sure it is suited for sensitive skin.
- On the other hand, you can exfoliate using warm water and wash cloth. Move the washcloth dipped in warm water throughout the face gently in circular motions.
- At least exfoliate once in a week and at most you can exfoliate once in a day. If your skin is very dry, exfoliate thrice or four times in a week.
Do Not Pick Spots And Scars
You may find it difficult to avoid picking at the scars and spots, but there is no other go simply to avoid it. As picking affects the natural healing process and delays fading. Moreover, picking at the active pimple may cause scars. By picking you are aiding the bacteria on your hand to spread onto your face causing inflammation and infection. Avoid picking at any cost.
Healthy eating, balanced diet and hydration although do not fade away the scars magically but gradually fades the scars. Drinking plenty of water help your body perform at its best. Water flushes the toxins present in the body and keep the skin healthy and look great. Ideally consume 5 to 8 glasses of water per day. Certain vitamins like vitamin A, E and C also keep your skin hydrated.