Getting rid of acne is only the first step toward achieving clear skin. Acne often leaves red marks and small scars in its wake. Sometimes these traces fade with time, but the scars can be permanent. Many skincare brands sell masks and creams that promise to reduce the appearance of scars, but, usually, these chemical-heavy solutions just make things worse. They aim to quickly shrink the pores and tighten the skin, which can make scars seem temporarily smaller, but lead to severe irritation in the long run. Even the masks that contain natural ingredients are full of preservatives, that allow them to sit on store shelves for months. Making scar-reducing treatments at home guarantees that no harmful or drying chemicals will be mixed in with the ingredients that, actually, help.

1) Lemon juice

One easy and natural skin treatment involves simply rubbing lemon juice over the face with a cotton ball (be careful to avoid any cuts or injuries). It’s best to use fresh juice squeezed from a whole lemon, instead of the condensed juice that comes in a bottle. If it’s too harsh for your skin, dilute lemon juice with water. Apply it on your face for about 10 minutes, then rinse. The mild acid removes dead skin cells, particularly the red, dry patches that are left behind after recent breakouts. Lemon juice also has slightly lightening effect on the skin, it sloughs away the top layers of existing scars and encourages the development of fresh, new skin. You can couple your usual acne scars treatment with lemon juice, but make sure to talk to your doctor before using any homemade treatments. Be aware that lemon juice can make your skin susceptible to sun damage, therefore, make sure to use sunscreen.

2) Tomatoes

A light application of fresh tomato juice works in a similar manner. Tomatoes contain vitamin A, which is a key ingredient in some of the most effective and expensive acne treatments. A facial mask composed of mashed tomatoes and cucumbers (in equal proportions) reveals young skin and closes the pores, when it is used on a regular basis (any remedy needs time to produce results). Apply this mask on your face for about 10 minutes, then rinse.

3) Natural oils

A different approach is to use simple oils to nourish the skin. It might seem counterproductive to apply an oil on the skin, but moisture keeps skin looking youthful and prevents it from creating its own acne-producing oils. When the skin is forced to create its own oil, it’s because skin is not getting what it needs. It’s stressed out and attempting to moisturize itself, as a last resort. The less work the skin has to do to maintain its condition, the more nutrients and energy can be directed toward eliminating acne and healing scars. Olive oil and coconut oil are common natural moisturizers. A small application of either one will remove dirt and makeup while pulling impurities out of the pores. The moisture from the oils speeds cell turnover and helps to create a smooth surface appearance. A weekly facial mask of raw mashed avocados, for example, can naturally and efficiently deliver vitamins and intense moisture.

4) Honey face mask

Raw honey heals blemishes and reduces the scars left by old ones. It acts like a medicine, killing germs and pulling away dirt, removing anything that might get in the skin’s way, as it works to heal itself. One teaspoon of cinnamon stirred into two teaspoons of honey boosts the honey’s healing and antibacterial properties. Diluted apple cider vinegar can be used internally and externally. When applied to the face (diluted with water), it acts like a face toner. Two tablespoons can be stirred into a glass of water and drunk to improve the health of the skin from the inside. This prevents infection and improves the skin’s overall condition.

5) Calming mask

A mixture of equal parts nutmeg and milk can be used as a calming facial treatment. Whole milk soothes inflammation and reduces redness. Nutmeg kills bacteria, speeding up the healing process. This mixture can be left on the face for about 10-15 minutes and then, rinsed away.

6) Green tea

Green tea is something of a miracle food. It’s thought to prevent cancer and eliminate free radicals in the body. When applied topically, it kills germs and slows oil production. To make an antibacterial paste that also fades acne scars, mash a boiled carrot into some freshly brewed green tea. The vitamin A from the carrot will resurface the skin, and the green tea will keep the pores small.

(Make sure to consult your doctor before doing any homemade facial treatments).

What are your tips on how to get rid of acne scars? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Stay beautiful!

About the author:
Brenda Panin is very passionate when it comes to hair, skin, beauty and all those things girls just love to spend their money on. In her free time she loves to write and to take long walks with her favorite dog LuLu. For this article she referred to some information from


  1. Earl Olusola
    January 20, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    You can also use Aloe Vera gel is a good source of vitamins which can help to heal skin and fade scars. Aloe is gentle, so you won’t have to worry about further damaging or irritating skin. Also, because aloe is such a wonderful natural moisturizer, it will leave your skin looking and feeling softer and healthier.

  2. Sapna Sharma
    February 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Very helpful remedies mentioned in this article. Potatoes and Baking soda also works well to reduce acne scars. There are treatments like Chemical Peel, microdermabrasion and dermaroller that can help remove acne scars. One can get information on google very easily about these treatments.

  3. Jason
    June 7, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Some great tips. Only thing to be aware of is that lemon juice is highly acidic and can cause more issues than it fixes sometimes. Speaking from experience.

    • Katey S.
      June 15, 2016 at 4:34 am

      Thanks for this! I’d like to share some of my own home remedies as well (and since some of them are already in the list, add my own five cents in):

      Honey and cinnamon mask – This is great for preventing breakouts as they both have anti-inflammatory properties and for lightening scars. You will have to look for different guides on how to mix them though as cinnamon can be harsh on the skin if applied too much, even with the honey! My mixture was 1:3, so you can try that too.
      Lemon juice – Also extremely harsh on the skin if used alone so dilute it in water first.
      Apple cider vinegar – Dilute it well in water. The more sensitive your skin is, the higher the ratio should be so as not to irritate it any further. You can use this as a toner or simply as a drink! It will help fight acne from the inside.

      Also.. ice, ice, ice, ice. I always rub ice on my face before washing my face (both morning and night). It feels great and is a wonder for redness as well.

      It’s just a matter of figuring out what works more for you.

  4. Kim
    October 18, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I definitely love this website. Keep it up!

  5. Lauren Weston
    September 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Some absolutely brilliant tips here, thanks.

    “One teaspoon of cinnamon stirred into two teaspoons of honey boosts the honey’s healing and antibacterial properties”

    Never heard of this one before.

  6. Anonymous
    September 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I am truly delighted to read this post regarding ACNE SCARS treatment, which contains plenty of helpful facts, thanks for providing these data. Great article, exactly what I needed.

  7. Anonymous
    September 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Thank yyou for the auspicious writeup.

  8. Annie
    September 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Love the tips. Nothing beats Honey + Lemon Juice + Brown Sugar if any of you ladies are looking for a good anti-acne exfoliating mask!

  9. Anonymous
    September 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Great tips

  10. Lisa Janifer
    September 8, 2013 at 5:14 am

    Good tips! Thank you!

  11. Anonymous
    September 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Love the tips!

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