I was on birth control for several years, throughout, and for about a year after graduating high school (unknowingly treating any severe acne outbreaks that might've happened when I initially hit puberty).
I stopped taking the pill about two years ago, and my skin completely exploded. The acne problems that have plagued most of my family members for years had finally crept up on me.
Once I adopted the vegan lifestyle, my skin condition did improve a bit, but a significant amount of damage had already been done. After countless face scrubs, peels, and moisturizers, I feel like I finally have a half-decent regimen worked out to keep any new acne at bay, but I'm still too embarassed to even leave the house without makeup on because of the severe scarring that happened during that interim period.
What I'm really desperate for here is a healthy, clean, reasonably priced way to reduce the scarring.
Whether it's a product or a home remedy, I'd be thrilled to hear from anyone who has had success in this area.
I'd love to hear anything; whether it's advice, sharing of a similar story, or a remedy of any sort.
Vitamin E is excellent for treating scars. I buy it in oil form, and it's a really sticky kind of oil, so try not to get it on your hands or anywhere it's not supposed to be. I apply it daily before going to bed and I've seen major improvement on all my scars after a few weeks. Just be patient and diligent about applying it, it really does work.
You might want to research evening primrose oil for scars. I can look up some information and post it later. I think it would need to be diluted with a carrier oil, and you need to be careful with those. Fractionated coconut oil and jojoba oil are very good for not interfering with acne-prone skin.
Sadly, one of the best scar healing oils, rose hip oil, can cause more breakouts in people with susceptible skin.
I would also recommend helichrysum essential oil, which lessens any associated inflammation. This definitely needs to be diluted in a carrier oil. It is a perfumery scent, and may take a while to get used to, but once you are, the smell is relaxing and stimulating at the same time!
Meadowsweet is an herb you can buy dried and make a tea with it to pat on your face. I also drink a cup of green tea every afternoon and once the tea bag has cooled, wipe my face with it. I blot it around my eyes first, then on my neck where I have some long-standing scars.
If you want extensive expert information about any carrier/essential oils used for pretty much any purpose, I highly recommend this site:
#1: Vitamin E cream, applied to the area twice a day, is helpful in softening scars.
#2: An ointment containing 10 percent mustard-seed oil, applied to a scar three times a day for several weeks, is said to aid in improving the appearance of the scar.
#3: Mix 1 ounce each of rose hip seed oil and essential oils of rose and everlasting and apply daily to the scar after bathing. This should help to improve the appearance of the scar. Store the mixture in a dark glass bottle.
#4: Lavender oil has skin-cell-rejuvenating properties and reportedly helps with all forms of scarring. Apply it to the scar or keloid several times a day.
#5: Massage can help to soften scars. Roll stiff scars several times daily to break down scar tissue and soften the scars.