I originally hopped on the Paleolithic Diet to cure my acne and while my acne problems have decreased significantly, my face is now covered in acne scars. I was wondering if anyone else is in the same boat and can offer some help in this area. If so, how did you treat your acne scars and restore your skin?
Alpha-hydroxy peels! If you want results, that is, and don't care so much about it being 'natural'.
And time. :) Granted my pitting wasn't too bad, but it's almost completely gone now, and so is my pigmentation which was always the worse problem. I kicked the majority of my acne about a year-and-a-half ago, and the rest when I gave up cheest and yogurt about 8 months ago.
Going through puberty I had some pretty bad cystic acne. Couple that with keratosis pilaris (keratin plugs that usually form on outer arms and thigh areas due to body's inability to fully slough off dead skin cells) and compulsive skin picking, I was left with lots of acne scars and marks on my arms. I obsessed about them when I was younger and researched/tried everything from hydroquinone (skin lightener made of benzene -- nice! (not)) to other various medications, etc, etc.
I finally just left everything as is and let puberty run it course. I'm 24 now and the facial acne scars are almost non-existent and healed well (time really helped), however the dotted scars on my arms are still there. About 2 months ago I was reading stuff about essential oils and what not and stumbled across this site. Tons of good information about making your own blends but I don't have the time right now to make my own so I ordered their pre-made blend. In all seriousness, my arms are looking the best they've ever looked.
Placebo? Maybe. Do I care? No. Give it a shot if you want. I bought the 2 oz. bottle (a little pricy at $31.09) and I am using quite a bit every night (not just a few drops on scars but slathered on my arms). It'll still last me another few months I bet.
Honey and bee propolis, also you may find taking Royal Jelly and or bee pollen internally will soothe out those scars. If this does not help significantly, then try bee-venom therapy (not as dangerous as it sounds). Googling "bee products scar tissue" will set you on the path of finding the hows and wherefores of bee product therapy.
Good luck, I had bad acne as a teenager and I have some idea what you are going through.
I use a mixture of 2 parts tamanu oil to 1 part neem oil - both are oils that have been used for their skin regenerative properties - which I buy from mountainrose.com. I find it's helped with redness. Pock-marks will take a LOT of time to heal, but the first step is lessening the blotchy-darkness. Good luck!
Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Refining Toner and organic Tea Tree Oil. The former helps even out skin tone, and the latter is anti-inflammatory. I had bad acne when I was pregnant and afterwards. I don't have it anymore (mostly thanks to paleo!) but there are some "battle scars", and those two products have helped me a lot with them. The only bad thing is that the oil smells awful. But once you get used to it it's not that bad.
I make my own acid with vitamin c crystals and water. I use about 6 to 10 part water to one part c. Right after washing my face massage it into my face using a dropper bottle. I massage jojoba oil immediately after. There are different variations online and you just have to find a formula that suits you.
eat pork belly or streaky bacon, it plumps up my skin incredibly
i never had bad acne but i have 2/3 small indent/scars on my cheeks from a couple of persistent spots, whenever i eat lots of pork/pork fat they are greatly reduced the next day, it doesn't last long, but if i ate pork more regularly it might