For many of my teenage years I have had the pleasure of dealing with acne prone skin. Many people who know me would say that I have never had acne, however this a lie they say this, A.) to try to make me feel better. B.) partly because they didn’t think level of my blemishes were bad enough to call acne.
Ahhh but this is because I started medication from the age of 13, before it all got bad enough that each inch of my face was covered in those nasty things. The thing was I knew I was going to get acne. It was inevitable, all my siblings had it before me, so as soon as it got as bad as constantly having a few blemishes on my skin at one time I went straight to the doctors. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying my acne was really horrific or anything but it was definitely a problem with my confidence, I hated how red and blotchy my skin looked all the time without makeup.
Alas I learnt to cover it up with a variety of high coverage foundations and concealers, ranging from drugstore to high-end. But i couldn’t wear foundation 24/7 and it was when I was without foundation I always felt my worst. Six years later and my acne has had a significant improvement. I’m not saying i don’t get spots or anything, but there’s not a new one sprouting up every day anymore.
The problem I deal with now is scarring. And I’m not talking about crater like scarring that normally occurs after acne, I have a little, but it’s not a massive issue for me, the issue I have is that after a spot disappears I’m left with redness on my skin that still looks like a spot but the skin is completely smooth. Also the red mark just doesn’t go away, literally that little red mark sticks around for like months and months. So even when I don’t have a blemish on skin it still looks like my face is full of them. This issue has been the reason I’ve been on a little mission lately, to find products and solutions to fade my acne scarring and dark spots.
There are three main processes that have helped me on my healthy skin journey to banish acne scars, that I would like to share with you. Just as a quick pointer beforehand, I’m pretty sure nothing is going to cure acne scars overnight, it’s a long process that takes time, effort and commitment to get clearer skin. But sticking at these few simple ideas has helped me tremendously.
The first one is a homemade face mask that includes various ingredients that I’m sure you will have in your cupboards. The first ingredient is honey; not such a shocker, It’s not exactly a secret that honey is a natural lightener, i find honey to be really gentle and add moisture to the skin so I add about a tablespoon of honey to a tablespoon of natural yogurt, which is also for moisture. The last two ingredients you will find on your spice rack. The first one Turmeric, and no we are not making a curry. Turmeric is a natural antioxidant that will help to lighten the skin. Just as a warning make sure you always use yogurt when using turmeric on your skin, i did try this recipe once without the yogurt and ended up with a yellow Simpson like tint on my face for a day or two. And the second spice; Cinnamon. Cinnamon is a great exfoliant for the skin but also has natural healing properties as well as an antiseptic. I use a teaspoon of each spice and mix it all together, then i coat my whole face with the mixture using a makeup brush. Leave on for about twenty minutes then wash off with warm water. I recommend using this face mask around two times a week. I found that this really replenishes my skin and makes it feel so soft and i have noticed a difference is the brightness in my skin.
The second method to reduce my acne scars is derma roller treatment also known as needling. It’s a roller with tiny needles on that penetrate and stimulate the skin by causing tiny wounds on your skin promoting the skin to naturally heal itself quicker. It can be used for acne scars, wrinkles, stretch marks and more. Yes it is a little bit painful at times but nothing too unbearable. This method can be quite costly if you go to a dermatologist for treatment, but i decided to purchase an at home kit. I chose a roller with 0.5mm needles and have used this about five times and next week i will move onto 1.00mm needles. How do you use this contraption you ask? Well it’s actually really easy and simple. Step one is to completely cleanse your face of any makeup of bacteria, then after soaking your derma roller in 99% alcohol commence step two, start pressing the roller needles against you skin in criss cross motions ensure to go over the same area a few times also. I do this all over my face for about ten minutes. Step three: wash your face with lukewarm water and again soak the roller in 99% alcohol to cleanse it. Step four is to moisturize your face! I recommend one with vitamin E as they will speed up the healing process. I’ve noticed quite a bit of difference with my older acne scars after doing it but i still have a long way to go to achieve my goal. If you can tolerate tiny needles pricking your face for ten minutes, give it a whirl, I do not regret it one bit.
The last topic probably sounds the easiest but i actually found the hardest, and that’s being healthier. As much as i hate to say this, i found chocolate was like a catalyst for new spots, so i have (cries) cut down tremendously on my intake of chocolate. I’ve also been taking Zinc supplements to help combat new spots and also joined the gym! This last process for more of a life changing thing, so i haven’t really seen a massive difference but i have noticed that my skin in general looks happier!
Let me know if there’s anything you’ve been trying to help with acne & scars!