DIY Scrub to Fade Acne Scars + the Science Behind It

Hey folks!
So today I am talking about those pesky little dark marks that are left behind even once
a pimple is gone. Typically referred to as acne scars – even
though they’re not technically scars but I will get in to that in a minute.
This video has 3 main components. Firstly I’m gonna be talking about the science mumbo-jumbo
of acne scars: what causes them, how they can be prevented and treated.
But if you don’t want to listen to all that, I will leave time stamps both here and in
the description so you can just skip to the DIY.
In the second part of the video, I’m gonna talk about each of the ingredients we will
use in the scrub/mask and how they actually help improve the appearance of acne scars.
And lastly, is the DIY segment where I will actually show you how to make the scrub, how
to use it, and all that fun stuff. So let’s get into the science side of things,
shall we. So usually what people are referring to when
they say acne scars, are the dark spots left behind even once pimples are gone.
They look like this, they are very annoying, and most of us don’t like having them on our
face because, ya know, vanity and whatnot. Now, even though we refer to these spots as
scars, they’re not technically scars. What they are is a form of post-inflammatory
hyperpigmentation, which is basically just the fancy way of saying “dark spots left behind
after some kind of trauma or injury to the skin”.
These frustrating little spots are all caused by melanin which is the pigment that gives
skin its colour. These spots are actually just deposits of
excess melanin which makes them look darker than the normal skin around it.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will eventually fade on its own but it can take a year or
so for that to happen. Which is why we can do things to speed up
that process. But before I talk about how to fade these
spots, I wanna talk about how to prevent them so that they’re either not there in the first
place, or don’t look as dark. when it comes to preventing these spots, the
most important tip I can give you is this: Stop. Picking. Your pimples.
I know we’re all guilty of it. I’m guilty of it. Still do it occasionally even though
I know better. Picking at and popping your pimples just makes
the trauma to the skin so much worse, resulting in darker spots, and it opens up the wound,
and allows bacteria to get in and all that yadda.
So just… don’t do it, ok? Stop. Bad. No.
Tip number two: sunscreen. Melanin production speeds up when your skin
is exposes to UV light and so regular UV exposure actually makes these spots darker and even
harder to get rid of. So if you don’t want hyperpigmentation spots,
premature aging, and skin cancer – probably best to put on some sunscreen.
So Chelsea, how can we treat these spots? Great question.
There are two main things you can do to help speed up the fading of these spots.
Firstly, exfoliate. Secondly, brighten. So exfoliating does two things. Firstly, it
scrubs off all of the old, dead skin cells to reveal the beautiful, new skin cells underneath.
The second thing that exfoliating does is that it encourages the skin renewal process,
which means the more frequently new skin is being produced the faster these spots are
going to fade. Brightening is pretty self-explanatory. Uh
we have dark spots and we want to make them lighter… so we brighten them. I feel like
that one doesn’t really require too much explanation. Now for the second part of the video where
I talk about each of the ingredients we’re gonna use and why we’re gonna use them.
This scrub/mask contains 4 ingredients. The main ingredient is honey which is really
nourishing for the skin, contains antioxidants, and is also a natural anti-bacterial so it’s
gonna get rid of all the nasty germs living in your skin.
If you would prefer not to use honey, you could also use coconut oil but I would suggest
maybe adding a drop or two of tea tree oil so you can still get that same germ-killing
effect. The next ingredient is sugar, which we are
quite simply using as an exfoliant. I used granulated white sugar just because
that’s what we had. Although if you’re wanting a gentler exfoliating
effect, I would suggest using castor sugar because it’s a bit finer and might be a little
bit softer on the skin. Next is ground or powdered nutmeg, which is
an anti-inflammatory so it’s just gonna calm down any redness and it is also a stimulant
so it’s gonna help stimulate that skin renewal process which is what we want.
And lastly is lemon juice, which we are using because it is a natural lightener.
A few words of warning about using lemon juice: If you have really sensitive skin, maybe use
the lemon juice out because it is very acidic. Don’t go out in the sun with lemon juice on
your skin because it’s gonna burn. So just don’t do it.
When it comes to using lightening treatments, if you already have quite light skin feel
free to go ahead and use it all over your face.
However, if you have darker skin it’s best to use this just as a spot treatment and only
over the areas that you want to lighten because if you use it over your whole face it’s going
to lighten the whole area, and then your dark spots are still gonna appear dark in comparison.
So it’s a bit counterproductive. Alrighty, now we’re on to the DIY.
You will need a clean container. I made enough to be able to get multiple uses out of the
recipe. Some honey.
Some nutmeg. Some sugar.
And some lemon juice. I used two very heaped teaspoons of honey.
My honey had already crystallised but that’s fine, it’s just extra grit for your scrub.
PROTIP honey doesn’t go off. They have found jars of honey in ancient Egyptian tombs and
the honey has been thousands of years old but still fine to eat.
So fancy that. Adding about half a teaspoon of nutmeg.
A teaspoon of sugar. And a teaspoon of lemon juice.
Give that a good stir, you want everything to be fully combined.
And then you will have a delicious looking concoction like this.
Skin treatments are usually more effective if you can open up your pores beforehand,
so here I’m just using a flannel soaked in hot water and patting that over my face.
Don’t burn yourself though. Clean hands because you wanna use clean hands
when you’re rubbing stuff on your face. Because you don’t wanna rub bacteria into your skin.
That is not a good idea. Slap that on.
Don’t go too thick though or else it will just drip off your face.
Like this delicious drip here. Oooh look at that.
Dance around for a bit and admire how attractive you look with this gunk on your face.
Attractive. Leave the mask on for at least 15-20 minutes.
Clean hands again. Give your face a good scrub in small circular
motions, paying particular attention to the areas where you are wanting to fade your hyperpigmentation
marks. When you’re done, wash that off.
And you’re left with beautiful, baby soft skin.
Also keep in mind that over-using exfoliators can do more harm than good; so if you have
mature or sensitive skin, best to only use this scrub once a week.
Whereas if you have normal skin, feel free to use it 2-3 times a week but even then,
just pay attention to your skin. If it’s getting a little bit angry with you then just cut
down on how frequently you use the scrub. So that’s all the information I’ve got on
this scrub. I really hope it works well for you. It might
take a few weeks but you should see improvement in the appearance of these spots.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.
Until next time, see ya later!

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