How to Lighten Pimple Marks Naturally (Oily Skin)

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Oily skin has a role to drive acne flare-ups which sometimes could be severe enough to leave scarring. There is no single formula for everyone. But with appropriate strategies, it’s possible to get rid of the marks. Here are a few remedy claims that may help lighten pimple marks naturally — though there aren’t a lot of studies to back them up, they are more affordable and have few if any side effects. They are worth a try if compared to many more expensive acne-scaring products whose effects are equally unproven.

Tea tree oil

It is derived from the Australia native plant, Melaleuca alternifolia. It has been used in traditional medicine for numerous different medicinal purposes. How about pimple marks?

Unfortunately, there is still no cut answer of whether or not tea tree oil is effective to treat pimple marks. One study in 2015 showed the effectiveness of tree oil in acne treatment, though its effect on treating acne scarring was inconclusive [1].

But tea tree oil may help ease the severity and risk of acne lesions since it has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, there is no any harm in trying it out.

In general, it’s OK to use for most people. There is usually no significant side effect, but this doesn’t mean it’s safe for anyone. Though it rarely causes negative reactions, it could also cause skin irritation.

To keep safe, do a patch test before doing a full application. Drop small amount of the oil and apply to the small area of your skin (the inside of your elbow, for example). If there is no any counterproductive effects (irritating, redness, or other discomforts), the oil is likely safe.

For full application, dilute essential oil with carried oil because pure essential tea tree oil is extremely powerful.

How much and how often to use tea tree oil are dependent on your chosen product. Concentrations matters – while pure tree oil has the most active compounds, OTC products usually contain extra ingredients. Some are designed for daily use, while others are recommended for a few times a week.

Aloe vera

Aloe is a common natural remedy for various skin problems, including acne scars. It improves the healing process of damaged tissues, making the recovery more quickly. One study showed it might help ease inflammation and scar tissue size, though it’s not clear yet whether it does work for acne scars in human [2].

Moreover, aloe is a good way to help keep the skin moist. Keeping your skin moist is important when you’re taking isotretinoin (acne medication) [3]. Using moisturizer product containing aloe (concentration at least 10%) should be helpful enough to provide a soothing effect and even possibly anti-inflammatory effect.

If you have fresh-green aloe leaf, extract the gel by peeling the leaf. Or you can also get the gel easily at your local food store.

Do a patch test first! If there is no any negative reaction, the gel should be OK to use. In general, topical application with aloe is safe for most people, though it might causes side effects such as skin irritation in a few people.

Apply the sticky gel on the scared area. Leave it for about 30 minutes or until it dries naturally (if possible). Do the therapy 1-2 times a day. You might also like to read benefits of aloe on face!

Coconut oil

When it comes to naturally moisturize the skin with potent healing properties, coconut oil is one of good ideas. But does it work for pimple marks? This depends on the severity of the marks. If they are mild, coconut oil might help ease the problem.

Coconut oil is not an essential oil. Instead, it’s often used to dilute essential oils such as rosemary, chamomile, bergamot, clove, and cedar-wood essential oils. However it has several potent properties to help relieve various skin problems.

Most studies on coconut oil for skin conditions have to do with eczema and wounds since the oil acts as a thick, moisturizing barrier as the affected skin heals. How about acne scars?

Its antioxidant vitamin E content is probably the answer. One study showed vitamin E might have a role to help treat scars [4]. Also, its lauric acid may help prevent Propionibacterium acnes bacteria – this is so helpful to reduce the risk of having future acne lesions [5].

It also has caprylic, capric, and caproic fatty acids. These medium-chain fatty acids are not as powerful as lauric acid. However, some are probably effective to help fight against acne-causing skin bacteria.

Drop small amounts of virgin coconut oil, a quarter of a teaspoon should be enough, into your palm. Then gently massage the oil with your fingertips on the scared area. Don’t wash the oil afterwards. Let it dry naturally to allow its potent properties work more optimally. If you feel the oil is too heavy, leave it for at least 20-30 minutes.

Black seed oil

Black seed oil is derived from a small flowering shrub called Nigella sativa with white-tinged or purple flowers that typically grows in Western Asia, Middle East, and Eastern Europe. It goes by many names, including; black caraway, black cumin, kalonji, and black onion seed.

The shrub grows and produces tiny black seeds which have been used in traditional medicines decades. The seeds are also commonly used in cooking to enhance flavors. They have a bitter flavor.

Black seed oil contains several potent properties to help treat a number of different health conditions. How about pimple marks?

One of potent properties in black seed oil is anti-inflammatory. So it eases inflammation, resulting in scar reduction. Also, it may improve wound healing, making the recovery become more quickly – according to one study published in the journal of Dermatology and Dermatologic surgery [6].

Plus, it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which may also help prevent your acne flare-ups. The same study revealed that a lotion containing black seed oil might effectively prevent the incidence of acne flare-ups after two months of topical application.

Black seed oil is also probably effective for the following beauty benefits:

  1. To help reduce the risk of psoriasis flare-ups.
  2. To help soften skin since the oil improves your skin moisture and hydration.
  3. To hydrate and soften hair.

It rarely causes side effects. Mostly, topical application with black seed oil is safe. But again, do a patch test first since it might cause allergic reactions. For oral use, talk to your doctor first when you’re going with any prescriptions medications!

Rosehip seed oil

This essential oil, as the name suggests, is made from plants in the Rosaceae family. But unlike rose oil extracted from the rose petals, it is extracted from the seeds and fruits of the rose plant.

Rosehip seed oil is loaded with several essential fatty acids and skin-nourishing compounds, which some may help remove or lighten pimple marks naturally. Its antioxidant and essential fatty acid contents are integral for the regeneration of skin’s cell and tissue. Therefore, it has long been used in traditional medicine for wound healing, as well as the treatment of scars.

One study in 2015 suggested that the oil was effective enough to lighten post-surgical scars [7]. In this study, participants applied rosehip seed oil to their incision site twice a day. And after 3 months of the therapy, they had significant improvements in scar’s inflammation and color compared to the group of participants who didn’t use the oil.

Rosehip seed oil is high in vitamin C, an essential antioxidant to improve collagen production and help cope with irregular pigmentation – two things that are important to boost skin cell regeneration and reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

Plus, the oil has an essential omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid, which is so good if you have oily skin. It’s thought that the deficiency of linoleic acid may have a role to cause excess sebum production and acne flare-ups more likely.

For most users (including those with oily skin), topical application with this essential oil is considered safe. But to keep safe, take a patch test first particularly if you have sensitive skin!

How about honey?

Honey has a long history in the treatment of various medical conditions. It was used in the ancient Egyptians as far as 2200 BC for standard wound care, according to an article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

What studies say? Currently, there is no enough evidence of any research that specifically confirms the effectiveness of honey for treating acne scars – though it has had some success in the treatment of several skin problems (e.g. burns and skin irritations).

However honey has a few potent properties that might help lighten acne scars. It has anti-bacterial properties to promote wound healing. Its antibacterial content is also useful to fight against infections that could make more acne to appear and provoke scarring.

One research suggests that it may be effective to speed up as well as improve healing process of the wound, reducing the risk of scars to occur [8]. So it’d be better to use honey as a preventative measure if it has any place in treating acne scars. But when a scar has occurred, there is no merit to use honey.

What else?

Many other remedy claims for pimple marks  are overwhelming out there, but most of them are not scientifically proved yet.

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