Treating acne scars on Indian skin requires special care since the darker pigment means higher melatonin levels and a greater susceptibility to showing light, thin scars upon healing. Luckily, home remedies exist that can fade scars without causing light patches or areas of hyperpigmentation. Just be sure to talk with a dermatologist before trying any home remedy.
Herbs such as saffron, Manjistha-Rubia cordifolia, Daru haridra-Cocinum and fenestratum can help heal acne scars from the inside out. You will have to look for these at a farmer’s market or an herbal supply store.
Essential Oils & Plants
Never underestimate the power of nature. Many plants offer essential oil extracts that are effective for treating scars on darker skin. Three that have shown positive results are tea tree oil, aloe and witch hazel. You can generally get your hands on all of these items at most drugstores or grocery stores. Simply use the plant itself, break open an oil capsule or dilute an essential oil and apply it to the scarred area twice a day.
Baking Soda & Toothpaste
Toothpaste that has baking soda in it can help reduce acne scars. Small dabs lightly applied to affected areas can help absorb oil and can aid in the healing process while minimizing the appearance of any scarring.
Lemon juice has been a tried and true staple for treating acne scars in darker skin because it lightens up the scar just enough—thanks to the power of the citric acid. However, it is advised that you apply this to small test patches of skin prior to full application, in order to ensure that you see the results you desire without any side effects, such as pigmentation loss.