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How to Use Olive Oil to Fade Acne Scars

by
author image Kelly Sundstrom
Kelly Sundstrom is a national special needs spokesperson and writer. She writes content for major brands, magazines and newspapers, including Gather News, STACK Magazine, Colgate, Kudzu, LIVESTRONG and Lowe's Home Improvement. She currently has over 6500 digital and print articles in publication. Her awards include the 2012 Skyword High Flyer Award and the 2009 Demand Media Top Content Creator Award.
How to Use Olive Oil to Fade Acne Scars
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Acne scarring is a common skin condition, and is caused by previous acne pustules, papules or cysts that have healed. Acne scarring can be brown, pink or red, and can take a long time to fade form the face. Luckily, by applying olive oil to the skin in a few different ways, acne scars can fade more quickly.

Step 1

Soften dead scar tissue by applying olive oil to the skin. Massage 1 tbsp. of olive oil onto the skin, using deep pressure and circular finger movements. Since olive oil will not clog the pores, you can rub it into your skin without causing acne. After four to five minutes of massage, allow the oil to sit on the skin for an additional four or five minutes. Fill a bowl with very hot, steaming water. Lean 18 inches over the bowl. Do not lean any closer or the steam could scald the skin. Cover the head with a towel, which will cause the steam to envelop the face. Steam your face for at least five minutes, and no longer than 10 minutes. Wipe off the excess oil and sweat with the towel. Using olive oil on the face and steaming will cause the scar tissue to become loose, allowing it to be removed more easily.

Step 2

Exfoliate and remove the softened scar tissue by applying an olive oil scrub. Mix 1 tsp. of olive oil with 1 tsp. of baking soda. Once combined, spread the mixture onto your skin. Use the tips of your fingers to scrub the skin with the mixture using small, circular motions. Scrub for two to three minutes, focusing on the areas that contain the most acne scars. Wipe a warm, wet washcloth over the face to remove the baking soda and olive oil mixture. The scar tissue that was softened will become dislodged by the olive oil and baking soda scrub, effectively removing it.

Step 3

Keep your skin clear and free of infection by combining olive oil with tea tree oil. In a small bowl, mix five drops of olive oil with three drops of tea tree oil. Dip a cotton swab into the oil, and apply it to the areas of acne scarring, areas of inflammation and breakouts. Tea tree oil is an antimicrobial oil, and will protect the skin underneath the scar tissue, which will become visible after using the scrub. Tea tree oil will also prevent new acne from forming, reducing future acne scars from developing.

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