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Acne is the most common skin problem in the United States. And many people who suffer with acne later find themselves with a new problem: acne scars.

Acne scars are actually part of the healing process, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

The skin tries to correct the damage done by the blemish after it has cleared. It heals the skin by making collagen. You have a scar that is too littleCollagen. Too much and you will have a raised scar.

What can you do to make yourself less self-conscious about scars from your face? You might find relief through the less intrusive treatment options that the AAD suggests.

Also known as Nigella sativa, black seed oil is native to Eastern Europe, western Asia, and the Middle East. It is a relatively common medicinal plant, and the oil can be found online.

“The oil has anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Reducing inflammation isn’t the only way to reduce scar reduction”

Studies have found it to be able to speed up as well as improve wound healing. It can also even out pigmentation or even prevent acne altogether.

Rose Hip Oil is a solution for aging and is safe to apply directly to the skin.

One study has also indicated that it can be used to treat scars. Though the study was specific to surgical scars, the oil could be similarly useful in reducing acne scars. Researchers found that applying it twice daily reduced the appearance of scars and discoloration.

You don’t even have to go to the drugstore for this potential acne scar remedy. Honey is used for numerous medicinal purposes, including burns, wounds, and herpes. And research indicates that it can speed wound healing, reducing the potential for scarring.

Researchers found that applying honey directly can help with wound clearing. It is able to fight infections that could cause more problems.

Like honey, aloe vera is a common home remedy. In the case of acne, it works similarly to aid the healing process. According to a study in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, applying aloe vera directly to wounds reduced inflammation and scar tissue size.

“You can grow the plant yourself, but you can’t find it at drugstores. Apply the sticky gel to the skin by cutting into the leaves.”

Truly, there are very few proven natural remedies for acne scars. However, compared to the many more expensive creams and lotions — whose effects are equally unproven — there are added benefits of going natural. Namely, less expense, and few if any side effects. In other words, it doesn’t hurt to try.