Few things excite the famous Dr. Sandra Lee and at the top of the list you will find pimples and cystic acne. Yellow, puss filled, oozing with black and white liquid… you name it. You have to admit it, there’s something really satisfying seeing that pimple break when it is squeezed with a tweezer. A person could really get hooked on these videos. Whenever a new video pops up on YouTube by the “Pimple Popper”, people go crazy watching it and soon it goes viral.
You might have also seen videos of girlfriends doing small operations on their boyfriends but let us stop you right there. Pimples and cystic acne tend to leave scars… nasty ones at that! Once they take place on your face, they are there to stay. So, better stay away from those YouTube videos. As long as you are watching them for entertainment purpose, then you will be just fine.
Alright, enough with the wise cracks… let’s have a look at a few remedies that will help you get rid of cystic acne and assist you in acne scar removal:
Types of Scars
There are different types of scars, some of which fade away on their own and some leave slight discoloration behind. To name a few, there are:
- Macules that leave red spots on the skin for a few days
- Skin discoloration that lasts a week or two
- Tissue scars that appear as raised skin, which often results in slight bumps
- Loss of tissue that appears as raised skin tissue which inflames the acne and leaves sunken pits in your skin
- Apple Cider Vinegar
The lactic acid in apple cider vinegar suppresses the acne and prevents scars. The cystic acne might run its course through the week but you can be assured that there will be no scars. Simply mix water and apple cider vinegar, dab a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it on the face. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash your face. You can apply this mixture twice a day.
- Cinnamon and Honey Mask
The high amount of antioxidants in honey and cinnamon are great for suppressing inflammation. In fact, the anti-bacterial properties of these ingredients make them more effective than retinoids and benzoyl peroxide. Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of honey and apply this mask on your face and let it for 15 minutes. Wash your face with warm water.
- Tea Tree Oil
Those nasty spots from cystic acne that have likely dug deep into your scan can be removed with tea tree oil. Native to Australia, the extract of the tree used in this oil reduces skin inflammation and fights bacteria. Mix one part oil with nine parts water. Using a cotton swab, apply it on the spots and then apply moisturizer on top. Do this morning and night.
- Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is extracted from a shrub, which is native to North America. It contains tannins, a substance that is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. This substance is also used in many beauty products. This herb extract can help fight bacteria on the skin that aggravates scars. Simply add one cup of water and 1 tables witch hazel in a saucepan. Let it simmer for 30 minutes and then cook for 10 more minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. You can store this liquid in a container for a few days. Use a cotton ball to apply this mixture on your face twice a day.
- Baking Soda
For effective acne scar removal, use baking soda to balance your pH levels in the body. It exfoliates you skin and removes dead skin cells. Simply mix 1 part baking soda with 2 parts water, form a paste and apply on the face. Leave it for a minute and then wash your face.
There are quite a few essential oils in the market that also help remove cystic acne and aid acne scar removal but they only help hide them for a sometime. Try these remedies and map the change on your face. Since they are all natural, rest assured, you will end up having a scar and acne free, beautiful skin.