Scars serve as a reminder of the pain we’ve been through, whether it’s the emotional battle scars we’ve endured in life or the acne scars on our face. Breaking out is frustrating enough, but the aftermath of dealing with acne scars can start a whole different emotional battle that we didn’t plan for.
Acne scars can be a burden to get rid of and it could also hinder your confidence and prohibit you from participating in certain activities. The good news is, by finding out what causes your acne scars will help you choose the necessary ingredients needed to get rid of them.
What Is Acne Scarring?
The phrase “acne scar” refers to a fibrous process where new collagen is produced to heal an injury that occurred on your face, and by injury, we mean one related to popping a pimple. After the inflamed acne lesions have healed, postinflammatory color changes or hyperpigmentation occurs ranging from pink, purple, to white and brown will start to take its place.
Although no two acne scars are alike, there are common forms of acne scars that we should all become familiar with.
Type of Acne Scars
There are five common acne scars that can occur on the face. These acne scars include the following.
- Ice-pick scars: deep, narrow and pitted scars
- Rolling scars: wide impressions with sloping edges
- Boxcar scars: wide impressions with sharp and defined edges
- Atrophic scars: flat and thin scars
- Keloid scars: thick and lumpy scars
What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne scars are caused by an inflamed lesion like pustules, papules or cysts. Inflamed blemishes occur when the pore or follicle becomes clogged with excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. The pore starts to swell resulting in a break in the follicle wall.
If you’re struggling with acne scars, don’t lose hope. Check out our anti-acne scar removal mask we’ve provided for you below.
Anti-Acne Removal Mask
Getting rid of acne scars can be a difficult task, but with the use of essential oils like tea tree, helichrysum and frankincense oils, they work together to naturally reduce all types of scarring.
Ingredients like bentonite clay and lemon juice help even skin tone and draw out toxins while honey helps hydrate and moisturize the skin. Olive oil has a high content of vitamin E to help promote overall skin health.
What you will need:
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of bentonite clay
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 6 drops of tea tree essential oil
- 6 drops helichrysum
- 6 drops of frankincense oil
How to apply:
- Combine all the ingredients except the essential oils into a jar
- Mix together well
- Add essential oils and mix once more
Apply this mask daily and leave it on your skin for about 10-15 minutes. Afterward, rinse off with warm water and moisturize your face with a natural moisturizer. Try this mask once every day for about 10 days. If you feel any itching or discomfort, stop using it or apply it less frequently.
Recipe inspired by Dr. Axe