Even when boils and zits are just ghosts of breakouts past, acne scars can frustratingly loom on your face for years- or decades. Remember your worst pimple that just wouldn’t pop, no matter how hard you picked or squeezed? Acne scars usually result from these serious types of under-the-skin breakouts. And although the deepest, most painful cysts heal eventually, their healing processes can sometimes create unsightly scars, like off-textured dark spots, indents, and bumps. The rules here are: 1) the more the intense inflammation, the more likely you’ll scar and 2) the more you pick and pop, the worse the scar will be.
According to dermatologist Dr. Marmur, 50% of acne scars are self-inflicted (from picking and popping). Wouldn’t that have been nice to know when you were performing self-surgery in your teenage bathroom mirror? Unfortunately, these scars never really go away on their own. And every time you look in a mirror, you’re reminded of a acned, embarrassed you. The other half of the equation depends on your skin type. People with darker or olive skin tones have a much higher chance of pigmentation and scarring after breakouts because their healing process over-produces certain cell-restoring chemicals, changing the pigmentation of the affected area. Whether you’re in boat A or boat B, how can we deal with acne scarring so it’s finally gone for good?
Types of Acne Scarring: Who Are You?
To treat your acne scars, you have to know what you’re dealing with first. And it can be confusing to realize what is and what is not an actual acne scar. If you have flat, dark areas left behind from acne, those are called PIH (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and are commonly misinterpreted as acne scars. This hyperpigmentation will fade overtime and you can learn more about how to speed the process up here. You can be certain you have an acne scar if your concerned area has irregular texture. It could be an indentation in the skin or raised and bumpy. Nodding your head yes? You’re dealing with a Grade-A acne scar. And I’m guessing you probably already know from personal trial and error that these babies don’t heal easily.
Too late? Never.
Healing your acne scars doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to include chemicals. Skip the invasive professional procedures and capitalize on what mother nature has to offer. We discovered a team of 100% organic superfoods for the job that you can use in just one, creamy swoop in the comfort of your own home. Meet the miracle-workers:
Organic Aloe vera.
Aloe Vera has a unique genetic makeup that allows it to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin; bringing all of its nutrients down to the cells for serious healing. It’s a powerhouse containing over 100 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and amino acids that work synergistically to repair the skin from the inside out by regenerating the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Aloe vera has also been proven to speed up wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around that wound (2). We suggest Organic Aloe Barbadensis Miller, which is the most effective and healing variety out of the 2200 Aloe plants worldwide. We personally use this rare strain in our products because it’s healing powers are a third times stronger and fast-acting than it’s siblings.
The omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in shea butter are proven to inhibit keloid scar tissue and repair even the most damaged skin (1, 2). This butter boosts cell regeneration and helps to stimulate healthy tissue formation. It’s a powerful, natural healer because it’s anti-irritating, smoothing, and softening- which is called Keratolytic.
Manuka honey is a superfood spiked honey that is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world for healing acne scars and repairing the skin. The magic of manuka honey is that the bees pass on their antifungal and antibiotic properties into the already antibacterial honey, creating more active hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxal. This makes manuka honey the subject of medicinal studies as a wound dressing, MRSA cure, and acne cure. It promotes skin regeneration, repairs cellular damage, and lessens scarring.
Organic Rosehip seed oil.
This oil is an ancient beauty remedy from Chile, but has gained high popularity in the beauty industry all over the world because it’s the number one oil for skin rejuvenation. Numerous scientific studies have yielded astounding evidence supporting its scar and wrinkle fading benefits. Like you’d think, this oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes and is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fats that do wonders for dull, damaged skin. It has nourishing fatty acids that hydrate and repair damaged skin. It’s also a strong antioxidant boost, which decreases scarring and increases collagen production.
Organic Grapeseed oil.
Squeezed from the seeds of wine grapes (after they’ve been used to make wine, of course), this antioxidant-rich oil contains flavonoids that help to repair damaged skin capillaries. Grapeseed oil is also rich in vitamin E, which speeds up the healing process of scars while slowing down the aging process.
Here's how to erase acne scars for good.
Before you hit the health food store, our Face & Body cream includes all of the amazing ingredients above, at a very potent percentage. Even though it’s called a “cream”, it’s consistency is more like a finely whipped gel. It’s the perfect, hydrating moisturizer you can use morning and night. Your skin feel so refreshed while taking care of those pesky acne scars. Oh, and you can feel confident putting this on your skin because we’re certified cruelty-free, preservative-free, paraben-free, and vegan. Snag a jar here!