How to Get Rid of Acne Scars on Back
Acne scars can form as a result of severe acne outbreaks. They can also come from picking, popping, or squeezing at pimples on your skin. When these scars form on a person’s back, they can be particularly frustrating as they are harder to heal than on other areas of your body. Not to mention, many of the areas are hard to reach, making it difficult to treat them without the assistance of a partner.
There are some scar removal treatments on the market today, and some of them do work. If you look at their ingredients though many of them are made from natural products, which can be used on their own. There are however a number of home treatment remedies which some people can try to help improve the appearance of acne scars on their back before turning to these products or to a physician for help.
- One remedy people can use to help treat acne scars on their back is fresh lemon juice. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. It can help to reduce the discoloration of the skin from the scar making it appear lighter and closer to your natural skin tone. In addition, the juice of a lemon also contains nutrients, mainly vitamin C, which help the body to produce collagen. This collagen helps to repair the skin and reduce the amount of scarring.
- A second home remedy is the use of natural aloe. Aloe can be bought from a store, but the best comes straight from the plant and applied to the skin. Apply the gel from the inside of the plant to the scarred area and in a couple of days you should start to see improvement. It can also help to heal and prevent future acne outbreaks, which will prevent future scars from appearing.
- A third treatment option is to use baking soda from your pantry as an exfoliant. It will help to get rid of dead skin cells and improve your complexion. As the skin on the scar and around it heals, exfoliating it can help to reveal newer and healthier skin. This can be done a couple of times a week, and may take a while to see the benefits but is very inexpensive and commonly in people’s pantries already.
- A fourth natural treatment is the use of olive oil. You can massage it into your skin, or have a partner massage your back using it. Olive oil is a “good” oil and has natural healing properties. It can help to improve the appearance of the skin in only a short time, is inexpensive, and again common in many home kitchens.
- A fifth remedy is to use apple cider vinegar diluted in a little bit of water to cleanse the area. It works similarly to lemons, in that it can help lighten the appearance of the scarring. But it also is a natural disinfectant and can kill bacteria on the skin which might lead to more acne outbreaks.
Why Use Home Remedies
Some of the most obvious reasons for using home remedies is because they are simple to use. Many of the items are common in people’s homes already and do not require an additional trip to the store. They also have been used over the years by numerous people who have seen positive results from their use. So, we know that they are reliable sources of treatment for many ailments.
Not to mention, because they are already on hand you do not need to spend additional money to see improvements in your acne scarring. And, even if the items are not already in your home, they are very inexpensive, and can be used for a number of different home remedies to treat other ailments, as well as for cooking and cleaning tricks around the home.
A reason they are so great may not appear to be as obvious, but because they are all natural, and food items, you do not run the risk of using a product that may interact with any other medications or treatments you are using. Unless you have a known food allergy to one of these items, anyone can use them to treat their acne scarring.
Lastly, as these items are all foods, using the ingredients in a combination on your skin is a great option for seeing greater results. You do not have to choose one or the other. Instead you can use multiple ones, or even all of them to treat your acne scarring.
But unlike other products they are applied directly to the skin and your get the nutrients right away instead of having to go through “inactive” ingredients before you see the benefits.
Prevention of Scarring is Better Than Treating Scarring
No matter how hard people try, the impulse to squeeze a pimple often cannot be overcome. The result though is that the skin becomes damaged further, and there is a greater likelihood of scarring to the area.
Instead, at all costs, do not touch your pimples and allow them to heal without your squeezing them to help them along. Many of the home remedies mentioned also help to treat acne, and can be used for treating a current outbreak as well as treating scarring from previous outbreaks at the same time.
They really can do double duty and ease the healing process of both pimples and scars at the same time. But in order for there to really be a significant amount of improvement seen, you will have to refrain from touching, scratching, squeezing, or popping your pimples as new ones form.
Otherwise, you will simply replace the old scars with new ones and be right back where you started. Lastly, one of the most important things about prevention of scarring and pimples is to stay hydrated. Drink lots of water. This way your body can naturally heal itself, and remove the toxins that are causing the acne to form.
When you are hydrated, it will also signal to your body’s skin that it does not need to produce additional oil to hydrate it, and it will reduce the amount of pimple outbreaks you experience. But it requires you being consistent with drinking water and not only when you are getting an outbreak to be the most effective.
Do Not be Fooled By False Promises
If you have severe back acne scarring, home remedies may help to reduce them, but they will not completely eliminate your scarring. The same is the case with over the counter products. Many of these over the counter products work great to help lighten the appearance of scars, reduce the size of pores, and increase the amount of collagen your skin produces. By none of them can do it overnight, and even more importantly, none of them will clear up your scarring 100 percent.
Even interventions from your doctor cannot promise 100 percent improvement. Any product or doctor that claims they can completely eliminate severe back acne scars is giving you false promises. It might help to improve them greatly, but do not be disappointed when they are not completely eliminated.
If you realize this, and still feel that a marked improvement is worth the time and expense of using the treatment, then there is no harm in trying an over the counter product to see if it helps you feel more confident and satisfied with your personal appearance.
When to Look Beyond Home Remedies
There are a number of times when people have such severe back acne scarring that no amount of home remedies can help to solve the problem. Some scars are too deep in the skin and require more treatment than what natural products and remedies can provide. Or you may have such severe acne that until it really gets under control, there is no way the scarring can really be effectively treated. Or if you have medications that are causing the outbreaks to occur, as long as you are on these medications, you will continue to struggle.
If this is the case for you, then you should seek out the advice of your general physician or a dermatologist.
A dermatologist can evaluate your skin to help get your acne under control. They can also look at your scarring and determine if there are topical or oral treatments which may be beneficial to help reduce the amount of scarring and the appearance of the scars.
Lastly, a dermatologist can look at your skin and determine if you are best suited for injections to reduce skin inflammation, or laser treatments to help break up the scars and speed up the process of them healing and returning back to normal.
It should be noted though that many of these procedures, laser especially, are not suited for people with darker skin tones. The laser can actually cause more problems for these individuals, but a dermatologist can discuss what options are right for you and your type of skin.