Scars occur as a result of the formation of fibrous tissues that repair and protect a skin that has been injured. You can get a scar on your skin through accidents, burns, acne, scrapes, surgical cuts, piercings, insect bites and vaccinations.
Scar tissues look the same with that of healthy skin. However, their fiber structure is very different. Scars widely vary in shape and size. They could affect your appearance and make you feel self-conscious.
Scars tend to get less prominent with time. However, to speed up the scar removal and healing process, you could try some natural treatments and home remedies.
Be aware that there is no procedure that can make a scar to completely disappear. Furthermore, not all the home remedies or natural treatment would work for you. You would have to be patient to discover which home treatments work best for you and give it time to hasten the scar dissipation process.
Below are 30 home remedies and natural treatments to help remove scars on various parts of the body especially the face and legs;
1. Vitamin E Oil
Open some vitamin E capsules and apply the oil to the affected area. Leave on the skin for about 30 to 45 minutes. Wash off with warm water thereafter.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that helps dissipate scar tissues, repairs and hydrates the skin. However, do not use this home remedy if you are allergic to vitamin E oil.
2. Olive Oil
Apply extra-virgin olive oil to the scar. Leave, on the scar, for about 30 minutes before cleaning off. Olive oil is another potent remedy for scar removal because it is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E, that accelerates the healing of the skin, repairs the skin, as well as soften and moisturize the skin.
3. Sandalwood Oil
Mix sandalwood oil and a carrier oil (such as olive oil or lavender oil) and apply to the scar. Leave, on the scar, for 30 to 60 minutes. Clean off thereafter. You could also use a pasty mixture of sandalwood powder and rose water or milk for the same result.
Sandalwood has been long used in Ayurveda for skin blemishes and scars because of sandalwoods potent skin-regenerating and anti-inflammatory properties that make sandalwood capable of reducing numerous sizes of scars.
4. Fenugreek Seed
Make a paste of ground fenugreek seed with water. Apply this paste to the scar. Leave, on the scar for 30 to 60 minutes, rinse off thereafter. Fenugreek contains potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties capable of reducing scar sizes.
5. Cocoa Butter
Rub cocoa butter on the scar and massage liberally. Leave this, on the scar, overnight. Wash off thereafter. Cocoa butter contains vitamin E which aids in skin repair and scar removal. Also, cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer that hydrates and moisturizes the skin which, in turn, hasten skin regeneration and also fades the scar.
6. Aloe Vera
Apply fresh aloe vera gel to the scar. Leave on the scar for 30 minutes to 60 minutes before washing off.
Aloe vera is a fantastic scar removal due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and healing properties. These properties make aloe vera capable of lightening the scar, promoting the growth of healthy skin and improving your skin look and texture. However, do not apply aloe vera on open wounds. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9395659)
7. Lemon Juice
Apply lemon juice to the affected area. You could also dilute the lemon juice in case you have sensitive skin. Lemon has healing and exfoliating properties that help treat scars as well as remove dead cells. Lemon contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) which are potent for scar dissipation.
Lemon also promotes the repair of damaged skin cells and improve skin elasticity. Also, lemon has bleaching properties that would help to lighten the scars.
Grate onions and squeeze out some fresh juice. Apply this juice to the scar. Leave, on the scar, for 30 minutes. Rinse off thereafter. You could also use onion extract in the form of gel or cream.
Use of onion for scar removal is a surprising but potent home remedy.
Onion has anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties that helps inhibit the production of collagen around the scar. Thus, helping to make the scar size to reduce. Furthermore, onion has superior wound healing properties with excellent cosmesis. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18482012)
9. Indian Gooseberry
Make a paste from Indian gooseberry powder and olive oil. Apply this paste to the scar. Leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off thereafter. Amla is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, that inhibits scar formation.
Indian gooseberry also helps to dissipate exist scars. Olive oil would help nourish and moisturize the skin during the healing process.
Apply honey on the scar. Leave the honey, on the scar, for about 60 minutes before cleaning off. You could also cover the honey with a bandage and leave it on the scar overnight. Honey stimulates skin regeneration, helps in scar dissipation and helps keep the skin well hydrated and moisturized.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar
Dip a cotton ball into apple cider vinegar that has been diluted with water. Apply this to the scar. Leave this on the scar for 15 minutes. Rinse off thereafter.
Apple cider vinegar has an acidic nature that gives it exfoliating properties that are capable of exfoliating the skin and removing the dead cells around the scar tissues. Apple cider vinegar also promotes skin growth and helps dissipate the scar.
12. Coconut Oil
Rub coconut oil on the scar. Coconut oil is a potent home remedy for scar dissipation. The antioxidants, in coconut oil, help quicken the fading away of the scar, repair the skin and prevent the formation of new scars.
Furthermore, capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid, that can be found in coconut oil, accelerates the healing of damaged skin cells, stimulates collagen formation, and protects the skin from harmful free radicals.
13. Tea Tree Oil
Mix tea tree oil and a carrier oil (such as olive oil, almond oil, or lavender oil) together. Apply this mixture on the scar. Leave on the scar for about 30 to 60 minutes. Rinse off thereafter. Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties that help reduce scar swelling and other skin blemishes.
14. Jojoba Oil
Massage jojoba oil to the scar for 15 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water thereafter. Jojoba oil is potent for reducing scars because it contains vitamin E which is an antioxidant vitamin that helps in wound and scar healing.
However, a little quantity of jojoba oil would go a long way as too much application of jojoba oil may lead to skin breakout.
Mash almond to paste and place this paste as a poultice on the scar for a couple of hours. Alternatively, massage almond oil on the scar, in a circular motion, for 30 minutes.
Almond is rich in the vitamin E antioxidant that makes it superb for scar healing.
A study published in 2010, by Complementary Therapies In Clinical Practice, established that almond oil reduces hypertrophic scarring as well as smoothes and rejuvenates the skin. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20129403)
Placed sliced raw potato poultice on the scar. Leave for 60 minutes before removing. Most forms of scars can be reduced with the help of potato.
Raw potato contains potassium, sulfur, and chlorine that makes it suitable for scar healing. Also, potato has bleaching properties that help in lightening and fading the scars.
Mix fresh cucumber juice and beaten raw egg together. Apply this paste to the scar. Leave on scar for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse off thereafter. Cucumber has anti-inflammatory properties that help fade away scars, blemishes, and dark spots. Cucumber also helps to moisturize the skin and leaves it supple and well nourished.
18. Baking Soda
Take 5 tablespoons of baking soda and add 1 tablespoon of water. Apply this paste to the scar and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse off thereafter. Baking soda has numerous properties that make it potent for scar removal.
Baking soda’s exfoliating property remove dead cells from the scar. Its natural bleaching and lightening properties help fade the scar. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to dissipate the scar.
Also, due to the alkaline nature of baking soda, it helps to balance the skin’s pH levels. (https://diyremedies.org/baking-soda-for-acne-scars/)
19. Lavender Oil
Apply a few drops of lavender oil to the scar. Then massage the scar, in a circular motion, for 10 to15 minutes. Lavender has skin rejuvenating compounds that help to heal the skin around the scar while fading the scar.
20. Salicylic Acid
Topically apply salicylic acid cream or ointment to the scar. Salicylic acid has scar peeling and scar thinning properties that make it capable of reducing scar sizes especially severe scars. Consult your doctor before using salicylic acid topically. Ensure you moisturize the scar especially if the salicylic acid ointment is not also a moisturizer. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16921411)
21. Chamomile Tea
Saturate a clean cloth with chamomile tea and compress this cloth to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. You could also brew another cup of chamomile tea for sipping if you desire.
Chamomile is effective for scar removal, especially acne scar removals, due to its phenolic compounds, antioxidant flavonoids, and bisabolol that give chamomile its anti-inflammatory properties.
Bisabolol, a component of chamomile tea, has also been shown to have significant lightening effect in women with pigmented skin. This lightening effect helps makes scars less visible. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2494.2010.00560.x/abstract)
Crush 2 aspirin tablets and add very little water to make a paste. Leave on scar for 30 to 60 minutes before rinsing off. Aspirin has scar reducing properties that make it a good home remedy for scar removal. Consult your doctor before using aspirin topically.
23. Gotu Kola
Make a paste from Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica) leaves. Apply this paste to the scar. Leave on the scar for 30 to 60 minutes.
The terpenoids, which include Asiatic acid, madecassic acid, and asiaticoside, have been shown to accelerate wound healing, quickens collagen production and decrease myofibroblast (scar tissue) production. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10890953)
24. Fish Oil
Apply fish oil to the scar. Leave for 30 to 60 minutes before cleaning off with lukewarm water. You could also add vitamin E oil to fish oil before application to make the fish oil even more potent.
Fish oil is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid and omega-3 fatty acids that help in the dissipation of scar tissues.
Apply neem (Indian lilac) paste to the scar. Neem helps in the removal of scars especially scars left behind by acne, wounds, and burns. To make the neem paste more effective, you could add a pinch of turmeric powder.
26. Garlic Oil
Apply garlic oil to the scar and massage, in a circular motion, for about 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse off thereafter with lukewarm water. Garlic is rich in allicin and various antioxidants that help promote the scar healing process.
Continuous topical application of garlic oil would continue to fade the scar and lighten the skin. Try not to use garlic paste and ensure you do not leave the garlic on the skin for long to avoid a garlic burn.
27. Rosehip Seed Oil
Apply rosehip seed oil to the scar. Rosehip seed oil is best applied at night. Rosehip seed oil is rich in antioxidants, especially retinoic acid (a form of vitamin A), that helps reduce hyperpigmentation and rejuvenate skin cells. It also helps promote collagen formation especially around the scar area and helps in the dissipation of scar tissues.
28. Cod Liver Oil
Apply cod liver oil to the scar. Massage this oil on the scar for 5 to 10 minutes. Wash off thereafter. Cod-liver oil is rich in vitamin A that accelerates the epithelial and the vascular components of the healing process of the scar. Cod-liver also moisturizes and hydrates the skin. Thus, removing any other skin blemishes. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10756571)
29. Vitamin K
Apply vitamin K cream or serum to the scar. Topical application of vitamin K would help reduce scars, stretch marks, and spider veins. Also eat foods rich in vitamin K, such as kale and collards to accelerate scar removal from within.
30. Frankincense Oil
Apply frankincense oil to the affected region. Leave for 10 to 20 minutes before cleaning off. Frankincense oil is rich in antioxidants that helps to reverse the aging process as well as make stretch marks and scars less visible.
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