Post # 1
So I’ve been dealing with really bad acne for the past 14 years. As I’ve grown older it has thankfully calmed down, but I still get more acne than your average person.
Most of the scarring/discoleration from the acne is around my chin, cheeks and in between my boobs. I’ve started a good skin care routine but still am wondering what I can do to help fade scarring. Something that is natural and not expensive. My wedding is six months away and, while I’m not expecting miracles, I still want to look as best I can – thoughts??
Post # 3
@VintageMichelle: I know this isn’t a cheap option but its worth it, go and get a series of micro dermabration your skin will look beautiful by 6 months.
Post # 4
Oh girl, I feel for you.
The BEST thing I have found for scars is to do home TCA peels. It also is getting rid of my melasma. I get my peels from Makeup Artists Choice (it’s a website). If you go this route, do a little research first, and START SLOW, lol, and follow the instructions. I started at 12.5% with one layer peels. It worked for me, but I have tougher skin than most (I’m now up to 15%). Plus, I was already using an AHA daily so my skin was prepped. If you have questions shoot me a message. But the peels are really a miracle. Super cheap (10 peels for $25–this will last you 6-9 months), safe when you take it slow, and it peels off any “bad” skin–scarred, hyperpigmented, etc. Can’t say enough about them.
Also, try Acne.org’s products. It’s saved me. Saved me, I tell you. I use the benzyol peroxide and the AHA+ lotion.
Post # 5
@VintageMichelle: Natural and cheap? Baking soda face scrub & vitamin e oil as a moisturizer.
Post # 6
I’m mostly commenting to follow-up if anyone posts more. My red marks (not technically scars) are causing me serious emotional damage (ok slight exaggeration, but not by much). I HATE not being able to look normal without heavy-duty foundation…. :'(
Anyways, in terms of cheap and natural, I just starting using jojoba oil, which is supposed to heal red marks (you can read reviews on makeupalley). It has definitely helped with little acne bumps, but I haven’t been using it long enough to vouch for it in terms of scarring. It also slightly heals acne, although nothing compared to the power of acne.org products (the point is, it doesn’t make acne worse; it’s not actually oil but a wax, so it doesn’t clog pores). I got it from acne.org and it was pretty cheap, especially considering that you only need a drop or two to cover the entire face area. I think the PPs’ methods will give you faster results.
Post # 7
@frogprincess: +1 for the acne.org advertisement 😛 I use Bridal Party and it’s WONDERFUL. That + the cleanser are the only products that got my acne under control. But I heard that Bridal Party actually makes scarring worse, although I can’t really tell.
Post # 8
@Holly77: +1 also I’ve heard olive oil works as well
Post # 9
@frogprincess: +1 to everything you said, I clicked on this thread thinking, “Makeup artists choice and acne.org” and BAM! you beat me to it 🙂
I swear by the AHA at acne.org, and I used to use the lactic acid peel from Makeup artists choice as a teenager, when my skin was more problematic. I have heard wonderful things about their other peels though- my mom uses them regularly and I swear, it makes a big difference!
Post # 10
@Dialysate: lol! too funny! That’s so crazy that two people would both be into the same two things. 😀 They’re really that awesome, though. I never tried the lactic peels. Jumped into the TCA and love them so never did try anything else 🙂
@arathella: Awesome! It really is amazing, and simple. Bridal Party never affected my scars one way or the other.
Forgot to mention Jojoba oil. It is a FANTASTIC moisturizer. I would not use olive oil, though, not on your face. I believe it clogs pores. Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, and a very gentle moisturizer. Also soothes razor burn and sunburn. It’s perfect for post-peel moisturizing. I use it under my eyes every day.
The peels, AHA and jojoba do wonders. I’m 28 and people swear I’m 22/23. Of course this is also due to good nutrition and exercise, and daily suncreen. Please use at least SPF 15 UVA/UVB sunscreen every day! 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2014 - Barn
I use Advil (which I suppose isn’t 100% natural but apparently it’s been used forever) and honey. I mix a few drops of water in with 4 Advil, then mix a bit of honey into the container. Mash it all together then rub it on your face. It has the texture of an exfoliator. Massage it around gently then leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Leave your face nice and smooth and will eventually get rid of the red marks!
Post # 12
I have heard that a turmeric (a traditional Indian spice) and honey mask does wonders!
Post # 13
I’ve heard that vitamin C serums, which you can make yourself by mixing vitamin C powder you can buy at places like Whole Foods, can help.
I’m starting with a new retinol serum tonight to get rid of my acne scars, but it’s not super cheap. It’s not really expensive either, but it’s still around $80.
Post # 14
Oatmeal soap, Shea butter and vitamin d
Post # 15
This might be a “duh!” comment, but if you’re not using SPF in your moisturizer, then definitely start! I was so stupid and didn’t have SPF on my face where my scarring was. Since I’ve been using SPF my marks have faded drastically.
Post # 16
I started using the Dermadoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ cleanser about two weeks ago (AHA/BHA cleanser). It’s helping my acne somewhat, but that plus the Paula’s choice BHA I’ve added in is REALLY getting rid of red marks from blemishes that healed months ago but were still hanging around.