Pimples always leave a mark that takes ages to get rid off. Typically, it lies between 3 months to a couple of years. It is firstly important to understand why these marks are left behind. Marks are usually left behind when the inflammation is too much, and the pimple bursts. This could also result in an increase of inflammation around the same area.
There are also pimples that will leave a mark even if you completely leave them alone, these are mostly cystic pimples. They’re painful and contain a fluid, and are probably the worst kind of inflammation (1).
If you want to get rid of the marks left by pimples, it is better to prevent the occurrence of pimples firstly. For an oily skin, it’s important to keep your face clean at all times, accumulation of dirt and oil can cause pimples. It’s important to understand that natural oils on your skin are important to keep it moisturized at all times. It’s not a bad thing but it’s important that you take care of your skin accordingly.
What increases inflammation?
There is a valid reason why we’re told not to pinch pimples. By doing this we’re decreasing inflammation under the skin which will help you get rid of a pimple but it will leave behind a mark. Make sure you keep your hands away from pimples. Also when you have nails, there can be dirt and bacteria that might infect a pimple, this could worsen your skin condition. Thus it’s important to keep your nails and fingers clean. Make sure you take out the dirt in your nails every time you clean your hands or wash your face.
There are other natural ways you could use to get rid of these stubborn marks even if you have oily skin. As I mentioned earlier there’s nothing bad about having oily skin, and neither do you have to take drastic measures to control it. But here are a few natural options for pimple treatment for oily skin you could use to get rid of the marks.
Lemon – Lemon contains vitamin c and this is known for its skin lightening purposes, its used for acne marks and even pigmentation. All you have to do is cut a lemon in half and squeeze the extract out into a bowl. Take a cotton squab and dab it into this extract and apply it on the acne mark that you want to get rid off (2).
Before doing this please make sure to run a trial test on your hand, this is to find out if you’re allergic to it or not.
Aloe Vera – Aloe vera has no side effects on any type of skin. But make sure to use natural aloe vera gel right from the plant instead of any product from the supermarket.
Take one of the leaves, cut it open and use the gel inside to apply to the areas that have marks. Leave it to rest for 15-20 mins before you rinse it thoroughly. Repeat this twice a week, but not on consecutive days.
Orange peel – Vitamin C itself is considered to have lightening properties, hence fruits that contain this is useful when you want to remove marks. Dry out the orange peels till they’re nice and crisp, grind it all together to make a powder out of it. Obviously, it would be difficult to apply this powder directly onto your face, you’ll need a binding agent and that’s why we mix it with milk to form a paste. Leave this mask on your face for a couple of minutes before you wash it off.
Coconut oil – Coconut oil is one of the best moisturizers for the skin. It also contains minerals that are used up by the skin for other purposes. Again use natural coconut oil that’s free of all preservatives for this. All you have to do is apply coconut oil on the affected area, the plus side to this is you can let it work without immediately washing it off (3).
Honey – This is considered to work really well for the face. It has antibacterial properties, that help reduce inflammation and marks caused by this. Apply a thin coat of honey on the affected area and wrap it with a cloth (4).
Cucumber – Cucumber is 70% water and is one of the best hydrating agents for your skin. It also includes vitamin a, vitamin c, and magnesium which help in the removal of acne marks on your skin. You simply have to place the cucumber skin on your skin, with the inner side placed right on the affected area. This is a slow process and to attain the best results you’ll have to do this every day (5).
Other than the methods mentioned above, remember that your intake is also crucial to your skin. So make sure you drink a minimum of two liters of water a day and have fruits rich in vitamin C and minerals. Avoid junk as much as you can, as difficult as that might be.
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