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Restoring Acne Scars

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 09, 2011 at 6:20 AM

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?

Thank you in advance,

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:45 PM

I second this. I use the one from MD Formulations. But there are other good ones too.

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Cherry MUAC has sales ALL the time so I encourage you to go sign up for emails on the site. She regularly runs 20-25% off sales. One just ended yesterday and before that there was one in December.

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Thanks Shari, I can't wait to try it!

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I actually have used their 25% but currently use 25% from Makeup Artists Choice because it was cheaper. You can use it on a damp face or mix with water right before application. Mandelic is very gentle so even the 25% did not turn me red or make me peel or anything. It did sting a bit. Too much water will ruin the pH for your purposes but go ahead and try on damp skin first and see how it goes. If that's too much then add water (a few drop to a few drop of the mandelic) and apply that. Find a starting point that is comfortable then less water over time.

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:08 AM

What kind of AHA peels did you use? And what brand? I'm currently planning to check out mandelic since it's gentler than glycolic & lactic acids.

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Hi Shari, thanks to your recommendation, I've been looking more into mandelic acids. I've ordered a sample from Garden of Wisdom and was wondering which kind do you use or recommendation? I also accidentally ordered a full sized 25% mandelic acid ops! I'm a bit nervous about using the 25% but if you have any feedback on which percentages you used exactly and from where, that'd be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:29 PM

I had a problem with acne too which is why I went Paleo in the first place. I'm 6 months Paleo and have beautiful skin. Some things that helped me were increasing my fish oil, stopped taking birth control pills, I eat a lot more seafood, wash with a gentle green tea cleasner and after I wash my face I ALWAYS use virgin coconut oil on my skin-that's the part that helped with scars! Everything else helped with the breakouts! Good luck to you!

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:20 AM

My wife had severe cystic acne, eating paleo completely stopped the acne in it's tracks but left the battle wounds. She currently uses coconut oil during the day to keep the moisture in and breaks open vitamin E capsules (mixed tocopherols) and rubs those on her face at night. Seems to be working very well as her face becomes more beautiful and smooth everyday.

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on March 09, 2011
at 05:07 PM

I also highly recommend MyChelle products!

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at 04:57 PM

C serums work great on those dark marks left behind. I use this outrageously expensive one: http://www.amazon.com/MyChelle-Perfect-Serum-5-Ounce-Bottle/dp/B000MAOWP2/

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on June 19, 2011
at 09:12 PM

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.

62c5ce1936ead8fbe50021a42d61def0

(115)

on January 05, 2012
at 12:08 AM

What kind of AHA peels did you use? And what brand? I'm currently planning to check out mandelic since it's gentler than glycolic & lactic acids.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on March 07, 2013
at 12:45 PM

I second this. I use the one from MD Formulations. But there are other good ones too.

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on March 10, 2011
at 01:44 AM

I have had the best luck with acids. Either lactic, glycolic or my new love, mandelic. I get them at Garden of Wisdom or MUAC

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on January 05, 2012
at 12:51 AM

I actually have used their 25% but currently use 25% from Makeup Artists Choice because it was cheaper. You can use it on a damp face or mix with water right before application. Mandelic is very gentle so even the 25% did not turn me red or make me peel or anything. It did sting a bit. Too much water will ruin the pH for your purposes but go ahead and try on damp skin first and see how it goes. If that's too much then add water (a few drop to a few drop of the mandelic) and apply that. Find a starting point that is comfortable then less water over time.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on January 05, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Cherry MUAC has sales ALL the time so I encourage you to go sign up for emails on the site. She regularly runs 20-25% off sales. One just ended yesterday and before that there was one in December.

62c5ce1936ead8fbe50021a42d61def0

(115)

on January 05, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Thanks Shari, I can't wait to try it!

62c5ce1936ead8fbe50021a42d61def0

(115)

on January 05, 2012
at 12:06 AM

Hi Shari, thanks to your recommendation, I've been looking more into mandelic acids. I've ordered a sample from Garden of Wisdom and was wondering which kind do you use or recommendation? I also accidentally ordered a full sized 25% mandelic acid ops! I'm a bit nervous about using the 25% but if you have any feedback on which percentages you used exactly and from where, that'd be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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on March 09, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Vitamin C serums are also quite good at lightening scars. You can make your own using L-ascorbic acid powder, aloe vera gel, and distilled water.

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on March 09, 2011
at 04:57 PM

C serums work great on those dark marks left behind. I use this outrageously expensive one: http://www.amazon.com/MyChelle-Perfect-Serum-5-Ounce-Bottle/dp/B000MAOWP2/

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on March 09, 2011
at 05:07 PM

I also highly recommend MyChelle products!

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on March 09, 2011
at 04:34 PM

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.

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on March 09, 2011
at 02:52 PM

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.

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on June 20, 2011
at 03:32 AM

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.

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on June 19, 2011
at 12:53 PM

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!

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on March 07, 2013
at 10:24 AM

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

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on March 07, 2013
at 08:06 AM

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.

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on June 19, 2011
at 12:47 PM

I got just the thing for you : Sangre de Grado. It's from the rainforest, is EXTREMELY good at healing wounds and all kinds of skin problems. I could give you a list of other scar treatments, but this is the real deal.

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