Hint: you’ll find it in the produce section.

Acne is the worst. And about 50 million Americans can back me up on that. Not only does it make us feel childish and self-conscious, but even after it’s over there are unsightly scars to deal with (because really, who can resist popping a pimple?)

There are plenty of “miracle creams” that keep dermatologists rich, but there’s a much simpler (and cheaper) solution right in the produce section. It’s carrot juice.

Sound too good to be true? Thanks to the insanely high levels of beta-carotene in carrots, it actually works. Beta-carotene transforms into Vitamin A in the body, a main ingredient in heavy-duty acne medications like Accutane—and helps to heal scars.

Plenty of people have sworn by taking vitamins or drinking carrot juice, so a topical application is just another step toward easy healing. Freshly juiced carrots have the highest levels of beta-carotene, so juice them yourself if you can, otherwise packaged 100% carrot juice will do.

First, mix together 1 tablespoon of carrot juice and 1 teaspoon sea salt.

Stir it together and form a light paste.

Use it as a gentle exfoliant over your scars, applying in a circular motion. Leave it on your skin until the paste dries and then rinse with cold water.

Next, fill a small bowl with carrot juice and dab it on your face as a toner.

Repeat once a day for at least 12 weeks for the best results and let the carrot juice work its healing magic!

All images from Getty and Kylah Benes-Trapp