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10 Easy Ways To Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Acne Scars

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10 Easy Ways To Use Olive Oil To Get Rid Of Acne Scars September 19, 2017

You wake up to see that the pimple you had been trying to get rid of for the last few days has finally popped by itself and subsided. By the evening, it’s almost gone, BUT it has left behind an ugly scar on your beautiful skin. At times, these scars can be so extreme that they can make your skin appear pitted. They don’t heal easily and can be a task to get rid of.

If you have had enough of the synthetic products available in the market that do more harm than good, then this article is for you. You can rely on olive oil for a natural and effective solution for acne scars. Its benefits are plenty, and it can be used in combination with many ingredients. To know more, keep reading!

Is Olive Oil Good For Getting Rid Of Acne Scars?

Most of us know that olive oil is a healthy choice, but not many know about its ability to heal the skin. Here is why you should use olive oil for acne scars –

  • Olive oil is rich in vital vitamins, which quickens the healing process of acne scars.
  • It is loaded with antioxidants in the form of phenolic compounds like oleuropein and squalene which keep oxidative damage at bay.
  • It possesses excellent anti-inflammatory properties that enhance the healing process of scars from acne and other skin ailments.
  • It is non-comedogenic (does not clog skin pores) by nature, which makes it an ideal remedy for acne.
  • It is also an emollient which hydrates and nourishes the skin and keeps it supple.

[ Read: How To Get Rid Of Pimples Overnight ]

With benefits that cater to our needs when trying to heal acne scars, olive oil makes for a potent treatment option (1, 2, 3). Here are the best ways to make use of olive oil for treating acne scars.

How To Use Olive Oil For Acne Scars?

  1. Olive Oil
  2. Honey And Olive Oil
  3. Olive Oil Honey And Lemon Juice
  4. Olive Oil And Baking Soda
  5. Olive Oil And Tea Tree Oil
  6. Olive Oil And Aloe Vera
  7. Turmeric And Olive Oil
  8. Olive Oil With Sea Salt
  9. Sugar And Olive Oil Scrub
  10. Olive Oil With Castor Oil Or Rosehip Oil

Say Goodbye To Acne Marks With Olive Oil Remedies

1. Olive Oil For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Washcloth
  • Warm water

What You Have To Do

  1. Lightly warm up the oil and massage it gently over the affected skin by moving your fingertips in small circles.
  2. Keep massaging with medium pressure for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Dip the washcloth in warm water and wipe away the excess oil with this.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Olive oil can help make the dead tissues softer and get rid of stubborn acne scars easily.

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2. Honey And Olive Oil For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the honey with the oil and apply on the scars.
  2. Leave this on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse your face.

How Often You Should Do This

This should be done twice a day for quick results.

Why This Works

Honey has scar healing properties apart from its moisturizing and antioxidants effects on the skin (4).

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3. Olive Oil, Honey, And Lemon Juice For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Cotton swab

What You Have To Do

  1. Blend the ingredients together.
  2. Dip the cotton swab in this and apply onto your skin.
  3. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes.
  4. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Store the remaining solution in a glass jar in the refrigerator and use it again.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this mixture twice a day to get visible results.

Why This Works

The addition of lemon juice to the honey and olive oil mixture makes this remedy more potent. Lemon’s natural bleaching properties can help to lighten your acne scars (5).

[ Read: Laser Treatments For Acne Scars ]

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4. Olive Oil And Baking Soda For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the baking soda and the oil together to get a paste-like consistency.
  2. Apply it onto the skin and rub gently with your fingertips, in a circular motion.
  3. Continue doing this for 3-4 minutes and then wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this once every day.

Why This Works

A scrub like this remedy is used to exfoliate the skin. The baking soda granules can detach the dead and damaged scar tissue from the affected skin to reveal the healthy skin present below (6).

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5. Olive Oil And Tea Tree Oil For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 5 drops extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Combine the two oils and apply on the affected skin.
  2. Massage for a minute or two so that the oil gets absorbed into the skin.
  3. Leave this on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil and its healing properties are becoming more and more popular in the recent times. It is full of antioxidants that can easily get rid of your scars and also make your skin less-prone to acne with its antimicrobial properties (7).

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6. Olive Oil And Aloe Vera For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do

  1. Extract fresh gel from an aloe leaf and mix it with the olive oil. Make sure that no lumps remain.
  2. Apply this on the affected skin and massage it in.
  3. Leave this on for an hour at least. This can also be left on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply the aloe-oil blend twice a day.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is often used to treat skin issues. If you are using it to treat scars, its healing properties remove the dead skin cells and enhance the production of new skin cells. It also helps in increasing collagen synthesis, which is essential to healing scars and other marks on the skin (8).

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7. Turmeric And Olive Oil For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the two ingredients together and apply this on the acne scars.
  2. Rinse this off after 15 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

Turmeric contains curcumin which enhances wound healing (in this case, acne scars) and also improves collagen deposition in the skin (9).

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8. Olive Oil With Sea Salt For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons pulverized sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix them both to form a thick paste.
  2. Use this as a facial scrub by rubbing it gently on your skin using circular motions.
  3. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this scrub once every day initially and then reduce the frequency to 1-2 times a week.

Why This Works

Like the baking soda scrub, this scrub will also quickly fade the ugly acne scars away effectively by exfoliating the dead skin (10).

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9. Sugar And Olive Oil Scrub For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated brown sugar (OR white sugar)

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a scrub with the sugar and oil.
  2. Massage your facial skin for a few minutes with this.
  3. Rinse it off with lukewarm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every alternate day.

Why This Works

This remedy works similar to the baking soda and sea salt remedy by exfoliating the skin. Sugar can also improve the skin’s texture and improve the regenerative process of new cells (11).

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10. Olive Oil With Castor Oil Or Rosehip Oil For Acne Scars

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You Will Need

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosehip oil OR castor oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a blend of the two oils and apply on the skin.
  2. Massage it in and let it sit for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Rinse it off with tepid water or use a warm washcloth to wipe it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Try to use this remedy at least twice a day.

Why This Works

Irrespective of which oil you decide to mix with olive oil, the results will be wonderful. Rosehip oil is well known for its anti-wrinkle properties and its ability to improve the appearance of scars and marks on the skin. It contains vitamin A, vitamin E, and other antioxidants which enhance this healing process (12). Castor oil, on the other hand, works by restoring and rejuvenating the skin. It is also an excellent skin conditioner (13).

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Olive oil can be used by itself and in combination with different ingredients to enhance its effects on the skin. It serves so many purposes and works on to offer many benefits for the skin and body. Healing acne scars is just one of the many benefits of olive oil. So, if you have acne scars, invest in some olive oil and say goodbye to this skin problem forever!

Do you know any other way to use olive oil for acne scars? Let us know by commenting below. Your inputs are important to us.

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