Scars are typically the result of an injury, such as a small cut, laceration or burn; stretch marks from pregnancy or significant weight changes; or an incision due to surgery or even acne. Scars can be flat or may protrude, often severely.
They can be difficult to live with, especially if the scar is in an exposed location on the body, such as the face or hands, which is why so many people want to know how to get rid of scars. Here are my eight secrets for natural scar removal.
The following are home remedies proven effective for healing scars and reducing the appearance of scar tissue.
- Vitamin E
Many individuals report improvements in scars after applying vitamin E oil or cream on a regular basis. However, studies show that putting vitamin E directly on scars can actually prevent them from healing as quickly as they should. In fact, for the vast majority of people in the study, vitamin E either made no improvement to scarring or made it worse, with a third all study participants developing contact dermatitis as a result of treatment.
Contrary to this, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggest that vitamin E is great for skin an helps in fading scars and marks. The best solution is trying it out, as different people have different responses to the same treatment. Experimenting with vitamin E oil is harmless, and in the event that undesirable effects do develop, discontinue use immediately.
- Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer that penetrates deeply into dry skin helping to make it smoother and softer. Rich in Vitamin E, cocoa butter helps to repair skin, treat scar tissue and fade discoloration.
It is especially effective for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy when applied to the body several times a day on a regular basis.
Exfoliate skin thoroughly using a coarse, wet washcloth.
Using firm circular motion, rub a generous amount of cocoa butter into the skin.
Repeat this treatment three times daily for several weeks for best results.
Lemon juice is rich in alpha hydroxy acids (AHA’s), which help to rejuvenate the skin and improve its elasticity. AHA’s also remove dead and damaged skin cells, which allows new skin cells to emerge.
The juice lightens skin discolorations and acne scaring gradually due to its gentle bleaching action.
- Clean the affected area of skin thoroughly.
- Use a cotton ball to apply a teaspoon of lemon juice to the scar.
- Let the juice remain on the skin for up to ten minutes before rinsing it with water.
Drinking water with lemon juice twice daily for fifteen days also has a positive effect on the health of the skin.
Warning: Apply sunscreen to the skin treated with lemon juice to decrease sun sensitivity.
- Raw Honey
With regular use raw honey (particularly maunka honey with high UMF factor) is an effective natural moisturizer and anti-bacterial compound that fades and removes scars and heals skin while also facilitating skin regeneration.
- Combine two tablespoons of raw honey and two tablespoons of baking soda.
- Apply to scars and massage it in for approximately three minutes.
- Dip a washcloth in hot water and wring out the excess before placing it over the affected skin.
- Let the washcloth cool completely before wiping the area clean.
Repeat the treatment twice daily for best results.
Warning: Treatment with honey is not recommended for individuals with oily skin.
- Onion Juice Extract
The anti-inflammatory compounds in onions help to prevent and reduce scarring by slowing the formation of collagen.
- Rub onion juice extract (in gel form) directly into scars each day.
Results typically become apparent after several months of treatment so this method requires patience and consistency.
- Aloe Vera
The anti-inflammatory compounds in aloe Vera help to soothe and heal skin while reducing swelling and the appearance of scars. It also helps by removing dead skin ells and reducing irritation, while regenerating and fortifying new tissues.
Available in several applications that include gels, ointments and lotions, aloe Vera is most effective when it is applied two to three times a day in its unprocessed natural form.
- Cut an aloe Vera leaf in half before scraping the gel form it.
- Apply the gel to the scar and massage it in thoroughly.
- Indian Gooseberry
Rich in vitamin C, Indian gooseberry (also called Amia) helps to reduce the formation of scar tissue if applied shortly after the initial skin trauma.
Available in a ready-to-use paste and in powder form, the Indian gooseberry treatment is very simple to make.
- Combine Amla powder with enough water to make a smooth paste.
- Apply the paste to the scarred skin and massage it in thoroughly.
Cucumber paste (which can be purchased or made at home) helps to soften and make hydrate scarred skin.
Along with being made up of ninety percent water, cucumbers are affordable, readily available and on irritating to most skin.
- Put a slice of cucumber (raw) or cucumber juice directly onto a scar.
- Blend the mixture to the affected skin and let it sit for twenty minutes.
- Rinse and dry the skin thoroughly.
Repeat this treatment several times a week for best results.
- Tea Tree Oil
The anti-bacterial properties in tea tree oil help to remove acne and surgical scars gradually.
- Combine warm water and a few drops of tea tree oil to make a rinse.
- Apply the rinse to scarred skin, before washing it away with clean water and drying with a towel.
Warning: The antibacterial compounds in tea tree oil may cause a tingling or tingling sensation. Always dilute tea tree oil with water to reduce its potency and the chances of skin irritation. Perform a patch test before and see a dermatologist immediately if the sensation lingers.
Scars can be traumatic, but with the remedies mentioned above, scars can be practically eliminated and with a little effort and by taking a home remedy approach, you can experience scar-free skin in no time at all.