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12 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Acne Scars Fast

12 Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Acne Scars Fast

Do you struggle with acne scars? Acne is normally caused by changes to your hormones as a teenager, but it can also run in the family or be part of another condition, like Cushing’s syndrome. Many people think that acne is caused by eating too much greasy food, but this is totally inaccurate.

If you dislike your acne scars, you don’t have to pay for expensive medical treatments; there are actually lots of natural ways to get rid of acne scars! These treatments are safe, easy to use and non-harmful – perfect!

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the best natural moisturizers, and it has lots of healing properties. Wash your hands, and then let ¼ of a teaspoon of coconut oil melt into a paste in your hand. Directly apply it to your face with your fingertips, and leave on for as long as you want.

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    2. Potato Juice

    If you want to get rid of acne scars quickly, try using potato juice. Potatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals which help your skin to heal. Slice a potato and put the slices on your face for 15 minutes, then rinse the juice off your face with warm water.

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      3. Honey

      Honey can help to remove scars, and raw honey is much more effective than processed honey. You can buy raw honey at your local farmer’s market or at a health store. Simply massage a small amount of honey over your acne scars and leave it on for as long as you want.

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        4. Aloe Vera

        Aloe vera gel is a great source of vitamins, which helps to fade acne scars. Let the gel soak into your face for half an hour before washing your face and patting it dry.

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          5. Apple Cider Vinegar

          Apple cider is a natural disinfectant that helps to balance the pH level of your body. It is also antibacterial and antiseptic, so it is a very effective way to treat acne!
          Mix one part apple cider vinegar with one part water and apply to your acne scars with a cotton ball. Leave for 10 minutes then wash your face and pat it dry. You can do this once a day until you notice results.

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            6. Lemon Juice

            Lemon juice can get rid of acne scars by helping to lighten the scars. Mix one part lemon juice with one part water than then apply to the acne scars. Leave it on for 20 minutes before washing your face and applying moisturizer.

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              7. Ice cubes

              Rubbing an ice cube on your acne will immediately reduce redness and inflammation. Wrap the ice cube in a cloth and hold it against the scars for a few minutes for best results.

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                8. Tea Tree Oil

                Tea tree oil is antibacterial, antiseptic and anti fungal, and it is one of the best ways to get rid of acne scars. Mix 2 drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of water, and apply the solution to your scars with a cotton ball. Remember never to use undiluted tea tree oil on your skin – it is too strong for your skin and can cause further damage.

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                  9. Baking Soda

                  Baking soda helps to get rid of acne scars by helping your skin to shed. Mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of water, and apply the paste to the scars. Leave for 3 minutes then wash your face with cool water.

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                    10. Olive Oil

                    Olive oil is very skin friendly as it is filled with vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin C. Apply olive oil to your scars and massage it in. Leave the oil on your face for an hour before washing off with cool water.

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                      11. Cucumber

                      Cucumber is hydrating and filled with vitamins – perfect for getting rid of acne. Put cucumber slices over the scars and leave there for 30 minutes, then rinse your face. You can do this every day for great results!

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                        12. Sugar Scrub

                        Sugar scrub helps to remove acne scars by shedding the skin. Mix 3 teaspoons of sugar with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, then leave on your face for 20 minutes. Wash your face afterwards with soap.

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                          However, it is important to note that prevention is better than cure. You can prevent acne scars forming by following these steps;

                          • Don’t mess with your acne – picking and squeezing the spots means they are far more likely to leave scars.
                          • Wash your face regularly – this will help to prevent acne outbreaks that may result in scarring.
                          • Cover up your scars in the sun – over time your scars will get lighter, but the sun slows the process down and makes the scars darker.

                          Featured photo credit: Africa Studio via shutterstock.com

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                          Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                          Boundaries are limits

                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                          • When do you want to be alone?
                          • How much space do you need?

                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                          Sample language:

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                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                          Final Thoughts

                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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