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Here's How To Naturally Get Rid Of Acne Scars

Struggling with acne? If you’re being pestered by pimples, we' ve got some real talk. Getting big, red pimples literally happens to everyone at one point; blemishes are never fun to deal with, and breakouts can encumber both complexion and confidence. But that doesn’t mean you can't do some a few remedies, and preventative measures. So before you book that expensive appointment with the dermatologist (which we are all for, if it's necessary!), here are a few simple steps and lifestyle changes to keep your acne under control. 

 

Ice the zit

If you’ve got a swollen pimple on your face, reach for an ice cube. Wrap it in a thin cloth and sit it on the spot for 3-4 minutes—ice can decrease skin swelling and redness. Repeat throughout the day to relieve pain and temporarily reduce swelling.

 

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Don’t EVER pick your face

Hands off! We know you’ve heard about this, and have been dying to do it. It may seem tempting, but remember that once you’ve picked at an acne lesion, it will take longer to heal and is more likely to become a scar. Plus, dirt and residue from your fingers can exacerbate the breakout, causing more acne. The last thing you want is to add more problems to that! 

 

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Sleep as much as you need to

Sleep 6-8 hours a day. It helps to relax your body and encourage detoxification of your skin—if you don’t sleep as much as you need, your skin might have problems renewing itself.

 

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Shield your skin from the sun

Some popular acne-fighting ingredients include retinoids, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid, which slough off the top layer of skin to prevent pores clogging. At this point, your skin is more vulnerable to the harmful rays of the sun, and more prone to free-radical damage. Protect your face by using an oil-free daily sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15.

 

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Lead photos from @violetgrey