October 11, 2020

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Unless you happen to be very lucky, you’re likely more than aware of how frustrating pimples can be. They show up at the least convenient times, and take an excessively long time to get rid of, especially when you most need them gone. Worst of all, even when you think a pimple might have run its cause, it leaves a splotchy, red mark or a deeper crater that may not ever go away without the right treatment.

Unless you have a more serious pimple problem, you probably don’t want to resort to spending money on expensive over-the-counter medications that might not work for you. Aside from that, if your skin is acne-prone, some of these products might just make your skin even worse. Stay tuned to learn of the best alternatives to medication for removing pimple marks for good:

1. Stay out of the sun

Use sunscreen to shield from UV rays

Sunlight doesn’t only cause sunspots and pigmentation; it can also make your pimple marks look even darker than before. Additionally, the sun can delay the healing process of your scars, making for an unfriendly combination as far as your skin’s concerned. 

Try to shade your face from the sun at least, or if you are out in direct sunlight, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to fight off the worst of those UV rays.

2. Don’t pop your pimples

We’re all guilty of pimple-popping from time to time – it’s just so unexplainably satisfying. But even putting your fingers near your pimples can transfer harmful bacteria onto the site that can make the pimple worse. When you squeeze a pimple, you’re causing damage that may be irreversible and may lead to more prominent scarring on your face.

3. Use products that are kind to the skin

Use a face wash containing salicylic acid to keep your skin bacteria-free

It’s tempting to purchase the cheapest skincare products to save a penny, but these products often do more damage than they do good. If you want to recover from acne more quickly, avoid harsher exfoliants and soaps. When drying your face, pat with a soft facecloth instead of scrubbing with a rough towel. Use a face wash containing salicylic acid to keep your skin bacteria-free.

how to remove pimple marks, scars, and dark spots naturally

4. Use tea tree oil

the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil makes it an effective remedy for acne

One of the best natural products for reducing pimple damage is tea tree oil. The antibacterial properties of this oil make it an effective remedy for treating acne, by interfering with the growth and reproduction of bacteria that can often lead to an outbreak. They can also eliminate pimple marks, thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce swelling and redness.

Tea tree oil is too concentrated to apply directly to the skin, so it’s recommended that you mix around 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil, like coconut, then applying the mixture to your face before bed every night. You can purchase tea tree oil here

5. Try out vitamin E oil

It’s widely believed that rubbing vitamin E oil onto your acne scars can help them heal, and reduce their visibility. For this reason, you’ll find serums and moisturizers containing vitamin E sold commercially in the beauty industry – but if you want to save money, you can buy the oil on its own or in capsule form.

The skin regenerating properties of vitamin E make it an effective acne scar eliminator. It also boasts other skincare benefits, with its antioxidant properties fighting off the free radicals that cause skin ageing. You should dab vitamin E oil onto your face with a cotton bud, then leave for a maximum of 15 minutes for your skin to absorb. Rinse then wash your face with a cleanser.

6. Coconut oil

coconut oil helps in skin rejuvenation

We’ve already discussed using it as a carrier oil for tea tree oil, but coconut oil on its own is has a wide range of acne and skincare benefits. Namely, coconut oil is important for skin rejuvenation and can promote the growth of healthy skin tissues and minimize pimple marks.

It’s rich in antioxidants and vitamins E and K, and coconut oil also boasts anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which can prevent the surfacing of new acne lesions. And the best bit? Coconut oil is incredibly kind to skin, so even if your skin is easily irritated, you’ll be fine to use it on even your sensitive areas.

When to See a Specialist

On certain occasions, it may be better to leave your acne treatment to the professionals. For more severe cases of acne, a dermatologist can help you to take the best course of action to not only remove your pimple marks but to prevent more pimples from forming. If your pimple marks just aren’t going away, or they seem to be causing deeper scarring in your skin, you’ll greatly benefit from speaking to an expert.


stay hydrated to prevent pimples

There are so many simple ways to remove pimple marks, but ultimately, prevention is key. To avoid pimple formation, make sure to properly wash your face every morning and evening to remove excess oil, dirt, sweat, and pollutants. Stay hydrated by drinking water frequently and limit your makeup application. Try not to touch your face unless you need to – and you should find you have far fewer pimple marks to deal with in the future.

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Rachel Perono

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