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Popular natural "cures" for acne scars

When it comes to treating acne scars, everyone has a favoured home remedy of their own, and a cursory search on the internet will turn up a laundry list of home remedies for acne scars, such as:

Apple cider vinegar1

Apple cider vinegar is commonly cited as a home remedy for acne scars as it is supposed to reduce inflammation.

Honey and cinnamon2, 3

Honey and cinnamon are also popular acne scar home remedies as they are both apparently good sources of antioxidants.

Green tea extract4

Found in many acne treatment creams, green tea extract is marketed as being able to fight bacteria and reduce inflammation.

Baking soda5

Commonly mixed with water to form a scrubbing paste that's great for removing stains, many swear by it as a gentle exfoliating scrub as well.

Turmeric powder6

Turmeric contains curcumin, which is supposed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, leading many to believe it helps with acne.

Every home remedy has its claims, so how do you know which to choose? Well, no one knows for sure, because most natural cures have not been extensively tested in clinical studies, or have produced inconclusive or inconsistent results in tests7. So, if you're not to keen on wading into unknown territory and taking risks with your acne scars, avoid these commonly cited home remedies.

For more certainty, go with an acne scar treatment like Dermatix® Acne Scar, which has been extensively tested and shown to lighten acne dark spots, marks, and scars8, 9, 10 in as little as 4 weeks11!

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Sources
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3888247/. Last Accessed June 2019
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12358452. Last Accessed June 2019
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10641152. Last Accessed June 2019
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17584048. Last Accessed June 2019
  5. https://www.healthline.com/health/baking-soda-acne#treatment. Last Accessed June 2019
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569207. Last Accessed June 2019
  7. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-alternative-treatments#1. Last Accessed June 2019
  8. CR&D, S. L. Inner skin activators: Skin feel and skin smoothing enhancers (2016). Retrieved from: http://www.beautyandcosmetic.eu/public/pdf/articoli/pdf/ita/GLYCOSNAIL_SITO.pdf (page 2)
  9. Dermatologist shines light on natural ingredients used in new topical treatments for hyperpigmentation. American Academy of Dermatology, 2014. Retrieved from: https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/dermatologist-shines-light-on-natural-ingredients-used-in-new-topical-treatments-for-hyperpigmentation
  10. Tang, S. C., & Yang, J. H. (2018). Dual Effects of Alpha-Hydroxy Acids on the Skin. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 23(4), 863. doi:10.3390/molecules23040863
  11. Study of efficacy and tolerance of a treatment against acne scars. Consumer Use test in Singapore. 07 August 2018 (Data on File)

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