Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the world, affecting an estimated 85% of people at some point in their lives. Both Eczema and acne tend to leave behind nasty scars that do not simply go away easily. However, conventional acne treatments and scar-reducing ointments can be expensive and often have undesirable side effects like dryness, redness and irritation. Here, let us share with you some natural methods for your scar woes, as backed by science as well as personal experiences. Do note that every individual’s skin is very different, thus effects will vary from person to person and we advise to always try in moderation!
Zinc is an essential nutrient that’s important for cell growth, hormone production, metabolism and immune function. It is also one of the most studied natural treatments for acne. Research shows that people with acne tend to have lower levels of zinc in their blood than those with clear skin (1). Topical lotions that contain zinc can also help with acne as one study found that applying a lotion containing zinc acetate and erythromycin significantly cleared the skin. (2)
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a tropical plant whose leaves produce a clear gel. The gel is often added to lotions, creams, ointments and soaps, commonly used to treat abrasions, rashes, burns and other skin conditions. When applied to the skin, aloe vera gel can help heal wounds, treat burns and fight inflammation (3). Aloe vera also contains salicylic acid and sulfur, which are both used extensively in the treatment of acne (4). Several studies have shown that applying salicylic acid to the skin significantly reduces acne (45, 6, 7). Similarly, applying sulfur has been proven to be an effective acne treatment as well (8, 9).
3. Reduce Stress
The hormones released during periods of stress may increase sebum production and skin inflammation, making acne worse (10, 11). In fact, multiple studies have linked stress to an increase in acne severity (12, 13). What’s more, stress can slow wound healing by up to 40%, which may slow the repair of acne lesions (14). Some ways to reduce stress include getting sufficient sleep, engaging in physical activity and stress relief ointments.