I would imagine there are very few people that have reached adulthood without scars of some kind dotting their bodies. Whether they are caused by acne, surgery or burns, scar tissue is a part of our aging bodies. I still have a visible scar on my thumb caused by my neighbor’s angry pet rat when I was around nine years of age and it makes for a decent party tale.
Scarred skin is stubborn and difficult to get rid of entirely and how much you want to eradicate them will likely depend on their visibility. Scarring on the face is likely to cause far more embarrassment than a surgical scar on the ankle and depending on their size; many scars will simply fade over time.
Scars are likely to be a beauty concern for a great many people and there is no guaranteed quick fix Getting rid of your scars will require time and a lot of patience but for those of you who would like to do something about them, there are a number of great home remedies to try.
It is worth bearing in mind that results will vary between different people and the effectiveness of these treatments will depend greatly on the size and severity of the scar. This article will take a detailed look at some of the best remedies that you can use at home.
Keep in mind that in all cases you need to be prepared to stick with a regimen for many months / years. There are no miracles but with time, effort and these remedies many scars can be minimized.
1. Virgin coconut Oil
There are many reasons why virgin coconut oil is so good for the skin. It contains important fatty acids that have antioxidant actions on the skin preventing reversing cellular damage caused by free radicals. It also promotes the production of collagen, moisturizes and softens the skin and helps speed up the skin’s healing process. To treat any facial or body scars with coconut oil, follow these simple instructions several times a day.
- Warm up a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil in your microwave oven.
- Apply the warm coconut oil to your scars and gently massage it into the skin using a circular motion until it has absorbed completely.
- Repeat this process twice daily for as long as necessary.
2. Aloe Vera
Like coconut oil, Aloe Vera has an excellent reputation for its skin health abilities. Among other things, Aloe Vera can be used with great effect to reduce the size and visibility of scar tissue as well as helping damaged tissue to regenerate. Aloe Vera can also soothe and moisturize the skin, reduce any inflammation and improve the skin’s elasticity.
- Use a knife to cut a fresh Aloe Vera leaf lengthways into halves.
- Extract the gel from the leaf and apply it to your scar.
- Massage the gel into the skin in a circular motion.
- Allow the area to dry before rinsing the gel off with water.
- Repeat the process several times daily for as long as necessary.
If you use store bought products then cold pressed products are preferred.
3. Lemon juice
I am sure that many of you love fresh lemons as much as I do but did you also know that they could be used effectively to deal with unwanted scars?
Lemons work because they contain alpha hydroxyl acid, which helps rid the skin of dead cells while repairing damaged tissue. As an added bonus, lemon juice bleaches the skin naturally causing any scars and blemishes to lighten in appearance.
- Extract the juice from a medium sized lemon.
- Apply the juice by massaging it into your scar.
- Let it dry for ten minutes or so before rinsing it off with water.
- Repeat this process several times a day for as long as necessary and with luck and some patience, you will start to notice the difference.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is very important for the health of your skin and is a popular remedy for many skin conditions including scars. Vitamin E has potent antioxidant properties while it also helps nourish and moisturize the skin. Vitamin E helps the production of collagen critical to the overall health and strength of your skin.
- Buy some vitamin E capsules and extract the liquid from the capsules.
- Apply the liquid to your scar twice a day for as long as necessary.
- Alternatively, you can use vitamin E cream.
- Try adding plenty of vitamin E to your diet-almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chard are excellent sources of vitamin E.
5. Essential oils
There are plenty of essential oils that can be used to great effect on your scars. Among the most effective essential oils for the purpose are lavender, helichrysum, tea tree, rose and geranium.
Many essential oils are effective because they possess cicatrisant (skin healing) and anti-inflammatory properties that help heal scars and rejuvenate the skin cells.
- Dilute your chosen essential oil with water or in a suitable carrier oil; hazelnut oil is a great base oil for the purpose of scarring but grapeseed oil, olive oil or coconut oil would work as well.
- Apply the oil to your skin with a cotton ball several times a day for as long as necessary.
If you want to read a detailed review of the best essential oils to treat scars, you can click this link.
6. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is versatile stuff. It is used as a home remedy to treat a variety of ailments ranging from acne and warts to weight control. Apple cider vinegar has malic acids that nourish the skin while it also helps exfoliate and reduce the appearance of scar tissue.
- Use a cotton ball to apply the apple cider vinegar to your scars.
- Let it work on your skin for at least ten minutes then rinse it off with warm water. Many people don’t appreciate the acidic smell so be sure that you get rid of any unwanted stink before you head out anywhere.
- Repeat the process for as long as necessary.
7. Cocoa butter
Another home remedy worth trying is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a rich source of vitamin E which helps repair skin damage and it also naturally moisturizes deep into the skin.
- Wet the affected area of your skin with a coarse cloth to exfoliate the area.
- Dry the area with a towel.
- Take a teaspoon of cocoa butter and massage it into your scars with circular motions until it has absorbed well.
- Repeat the process twice daily for as long as you need.
We all know that honey tastes great but it is also very healthy and has the therapeutic qualities necessary to treat a range of complaints. When applied to your skin, honey can work as a natural moisturizer and stimulate the growth of new cells.
- Apply your honey to your skin and massage it well into the scars for several minutes.
- Allow it to sit on your skin for at least an hour before rinsing it off with water.
- Repeat this process several times each day.
You might be unfamiliar with sandalwood powder but one of its uses is as a home remedy to treat scarring. Sandalwood powder helps skin cells to regenerate and diminish the size and appearance of minor scars and blemishes.
- Take a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and mix it into a little water to create a smooth paste.
- Massage the paste into your scars each night before bed.
- Leave the paste work into your skin overnight and wash it off when you get up
As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, there is no guarantee that these remedies will have the desired effect. The best you may be able to achieve is a gradual fading so that your scars become less visible. Expect any results to take time so do not lose heart when nothing seems to be happening. Have patience, stick at it and with luck your scars will be far less of a problem than they are right now.