Whether your scars are due to your own actions or from an accident, you don’t want them there. They’re a constant reminder of everything that has happened to you. In some cases, they’re embarrassing, meaning that you don’t feel you can wear certain dresses.
Whatever the reason for your scars, is it possible to minimize them. In some cases, you can completely remove them from your body. It will take some time and constant use of home remedies, but you really can say goodbye to them forever.
Here are 15 scar treatments that you’ll be able to find in your home. Many of them you will already have in the cupboards or fridge. It’s time to nourish your skin and get rid of the unsightly marks with herbal remedies.
Start with Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one of the most popular items used for removing scars and nourishing the skin. It’s also used as a treatment for various skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Naturally made and from a plant, aloe vera is full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It will help to remove the redness around the mark, meaning it’s perfect for while a wound is healing to reduce the chances of a scar developing. The plant works into the damaged skin, promoting the growth of healthier skin around it. Make sure you only use it on wounds that have closed and have started to heal. You can damage your skin using it on open wounds.
You’ll be able to cover up the scar tissue with healthy skin that feels amazing. Your skin will be softer than ever before.
It’s possible to pick the leaves from the aloe vera plant and scoop the gel out, using it directly on your skin. There have been no side effects noticed, even on those with sensitive and fair skin. You’ll need to leave the substance on for about half an hour before washing it off, so make sure you do it when you have some time.
Aloe vera works best when it’s used twice a day.
This can also be added to some moisturizing creams, meaning you can apply it on a daily basis and leave it on. There are some creams that you can buy with aloe vera for overnight use.
Accelerate the Healing with Coconut Oil
You likely already have coconut oil in your house. It’s one of the most beneficial oils in the grocery store. Not only is it low in calories and good for cooking, but it will also help to heal skin conditions and is perfect for oil pulling.
One of the benefits of coconut oil is that it has a solid form when at room temperature. It’s easier to handle, especially when you want to apply it to your skin.
Coconut oil is full of antibacterial properties, but that’s not the reason why it’s good for fading scars. The benefit is the vitamin E. This vitamin is an antioxidant that helps to boost the healthy growth and repair of damaged cells. Your scar tissue builds due to damaged cells, so you want to work at a cellular level.
The oil will help to improve the healing time, preventing new scars forming at a later date. Other minerals will also help to boost the production of collagen, which helps to improve the look and feel of the skin. In fact, more collagen will help to heal damaged skin, reverse damage from free radicals and from wounds.
If you have stretch mark scars, you’ll want to use coconut oil on your stomach. The boost in collagen production will help to repair the skin in the middle layers. The marks have formed due to tears in these layers, and those tears need repairing.
You can apply the coconut oil directly to your skin without adding anything else to it. Use it as a moisturizing cream and allow your skin to soak it all in. It can take up to an hour for all the oil to soak into the skin. Make sure you massage it in to boost the blood flow, aiding to repair the damage further.
Use this at least twice a day. Make sure you apply it after the shower or after swimming.
Opt for Olive Oil Instead
If you don’t have coconut oil in the house, you can opt for olive oil instead. This has been used for centuries as a scar treatment and removal remedy. Like coconut oil, the olive oil works because it is full of vitamin E to work on the cells and repair the damage.
You’ll want to get extra virgin oil for the best effects.
The downside is the oil is runny at all times. You may want to apply it in the shower to avoid getting it everywhere in the bathroom.
You can add essential oils to add a better scent to the natural moisturizing cream. Lemons are popular and will offer other scar treatment benefits (we’ll move on them next).
Use the olive oil just before you go to bed and leave for 30 minutes before wiping up any excess oil. Leave it overnight to let your skin soak all the health benefits in.
Olive oil isn’t as effective as coconut oil, but it may be something that you already have in your cupboards. It also tends to be a cheaper option.
Lighten Your Skin with Lemons
One of the problems with scars is that they are a different color to the rest of your skin. You need to find a way to lighten your skin to make sure the scars blend in. The citric acid in lemons is perfect for this. You’re not quite removing the scars but making them less visible.
The good news is that while you’re lightening your scars, you will work on the cells and skin to remove them. Lemons are full of vitamin C, which is excellent for repairing and rejuvenating the skin. The vitamin will get into the cells, working deep within the layers of skin.
If you’re still not sure, lemons will also remove the dead skin cells. These usually sit on the top of your skin, making it look dull and damaged. They prevent the growth of new skin cells and can dry out the skin. You want to get rid of the dead cells to improve the elasticity and rejuvenate the skin to get rid of the scars.
You can use lemon juice directly on your skin, but it can be irritating for those with sensitive skin. It’s often worth adding the lemons to some oil to apply directly onto the area. You can also drop some lemon drops into your bath water for a long soak if you’d like.
If you have fair skin, you will need to apply sunscreen before going outside. Lemon juice will make it easier for the sun to bleach your skin, risking burning.
Try Out Some Apple Cider Vinegar
How about apple cider vinegar instead? If you don’t already have it, it’s an excellent addition to your kitchen cupboards. This vinegar has various health benefits and helps with a variety of ailments and conditions!
One of the benefits of apple cider vinegar is in the acidic nature. It lightens the skin while removing all the dead skin cells from your body. Like with the lemons, removing the dead skin cells will promote the growth of new cells. Your scars look lighter and fainter than ever before. While removing your scars, you will reduce the look of them to feel more comfortable and confident.
Apple cider vinegar will also help to balance the pH level within your skin. It’s naturally alkaline, so will need some acid for the best skin texture, again reducing the look of your scars.
Make sure you dilute the apple cider vinegar in some water. You’ll want to test the levels on the back of your wrist to determine just how sensitive your skin is to the acidic levels.
Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture directly to your scars, leaving the ball in place for five minutes. You can then wash it off and leave your skin until the next day.
This is a remedy that you can use with other scar treatments already mentioned.
Make a Honey Moisturiser
Honey is a wonderful ingredient and helpful for reducing scar visibility on the skin. While initially, it seems sticky, honey can make a good moisturizer for your skin.
Let’s start with the main benefit of skin regeneration. Honey is full of vitamin C, which will help to boost the skin cell rejuvenation and improves the tissues around the cells. Your scar tissue will breakdown and be replaced with new, healthy tissue. The vitamin C can also help to avoid free radical damage over the years.
At the same time, honey prevents dead skin cells from accumulating. The body will remove them instead of gathering them so the new cells can grow easily and clearly. Your skin will look brighter and healthier, removing the look of the scars.
If you are worried about your skin is sticky, you can apply the honey overnight. Wrap it up in a cotton bandage and then wash the honey off the next morning. Using cotton will allow your skin to breathe throughout the night, while the honey works its wonders.
You can also make a honey scrub for the show. Mix with some crystallized ginger or sugar and use it in place of your usually exfoliating cream. Be gentle to avoid damage to the rest of your skin.
This is a treatment that you can use just once a week if you want, making it much more life-friendly.
Apply Tea Tree Oil Instead
Tea tree oil is used for a variety of skin remedies around the world. It doesn’t just work on scars, but on treating dry skin conditions and other blemishes. Any type of scar can be healed and treated, including acne scars, stretch marks, and healed wound scars.
The main benefit of tea tree oil is within the healing properties. Tea tree oil is an anti-inflammatory, meaning that there isn’t the pressure placed on your skin cells. They’re able to heal freely and shed out the bad quickly and effectively. Your collagen production will get a boost, helping to heal the skin around the scar tissue.
Never apply tea tree oil directly to your skin without diluting it. There are some people who are allergic to it, so you’ll want to do a patch test on the back of the wrist on inside the elbow if you’ve never used it before, even when diluting.
Use a cotton wool ball to soak up the diluted essential oil and wash around the scarred area. You can then wash the liquid off. This is best used a couple of times a day.
Alternatively, you can add the oil to some olive or coconut oil. Apply it directly to the skin and allow the skin to soak it in for half an hour. You can then rinse off. You only need to do this once a day for the best results.
Cocoa Butter Can Work Wonders
Cocoa butter is often overlooked, but it is extremely effective for treating scars. It’s a natural moisturizer and now available in bottle form and sold specifically as moisturizers. Make sure you pick one up that is made with cocoa butter, rather than one just with added cocoa butter. They’re definitely not the same!
The big benefit of cocoa butter is that it gets deep into the skin. It heals between the layers while boosting the production of collagen. The butter works for much longer than any other moisturizer on this list.
Of course, being full of vitamin E also helps. We’ve already looked at all the benefits of vitamin E for scar repair.
You can place cocoa butter directly on your skin with minimal risk. There are only a small number of people allergic to it. If you’re worried, you can try a small amount on your wrist just to check.
Leave the butter on your skin and give your body a chance to absorb it all. The best results come from using it overnight on a nightly basis.
Apply Tea to Your Skin
Did you know that tea could help your skin repair? Green tea or chamomile tea offer better results, but you can get the benefit from black tea too.
Green tea specifically is full of antioxidants. These help to work within the cells and improve the repair rate. The antioxidants remove the bad and boost the rejuvenation of newer cells. The scar tissue is broken down and will repair with healthier skin.
The caffeine in tea can also help to rejuvenate the skin. The body is encouraged to work faster, meaning that the process is quicker and more effective.
You just need to dab some cotton wool into lukewarm tea and massage it directly into the scars. Allow your skin to soak it all in and leave it there. Use it once or twice a day for the best results.
Try Almond Extract on Your Scars
Create almond paste from the extract. Almond paste is something that you can create to apply directly onto your skin. Almonds are full of protein and antioxidants that will help to improve the collagen production and skin cell repair. You’ll find that the tissue within the scar tissue breaks down quickly, and the collagen promotes healthier skin to replace the area.
Over time, your scars will fade into nothing. One of the best parts of this treatment is that you can apply it weekly to get benefits.
Make your own almond paste by soaking almonds in water overnight. Remove them from their skin and then crush them with some water. You can use lemon water if you would like to get some of the benefits of lemons too. Apply the paste directly onto the scar and leave for half an hour before washing off.
If you’re allergic to almonds, you’ll need to skip this treatment. Other than a nut allergy, there aren’t any side effects of using this treatment directly on the skin.
Lemons aren’t the only fruit with citric acid, and we’re not talking about oranges and pineapples. It’s time to pull out that fruit that is something called a vegetable: the tomato.
Tomatoes are commonly used in beauty treatments because they are so effective. They’re also affordable and easy to find. The acid works like the lemon, bleaching the skin naturally and making your scars look lighter.
You can use tomatoes on a daily basis. Massage the juices into the skin and let them do their work. It’s also a treatment that can be used along with other natural remedies.
Create a Yoghurt Mix for Direct Application
Making your own yogurt will give you a cheap home remedy that you can apply on a daily basis. This is most effective on a scar from a burn than other types of scars. The protein in yogurt will help to repair the tissue and improve the look of the burn mark.
You’ll want to mix some barley and turmeric into your yogurt. Both of these herbs have healing properties and will help to reduce inflammation and redness. Over time, they’ll make the scar fade while replacing the damaged tissue with healthier options.
Make a paste from your ingredients by using equal amounts of all. Apply it directly to the burn scar and leave for at least 30 minutes. You can do this once a day if you’d like, but at least try twice or three times a week.
You’ll Be Surprised at How Ice Can Work
Have you ever apply ice to a wound? The chances are that you are nodding your head right now. Ice is one of the quickest ways to reduce inflammation in the skin. But why only use the ice on the actual wound after it happens? You can also use it directly on a scar to reduce the inflammation and repair the damage.
Ice is also frozen water, which means you get the benefit of hydrating the skin while it melts. The skin needs water to keep its flexibility and boost collagen production. When the skin doesn’t get enough water, it snaps and tears in the middle layers, making your scarring worse.
You only need a few ice cubes a couple of times a day. Apply them at the end of a long day to help your muscles relax, especially if you’re a gym bunny!
Of course, there are absolutely no risks of using ice on your skin. Don’t use an ice cube directly on the skin though, as it can stick and burn. Wrap it in a cloth or a cotton towel to protect the skin from further damage!
Crushed Aspirin for a More Medicinal Option
If you’re happy to use pharmaceutical products, you’ll want to stock up on some aspirin to remove those scars. For those who want to avoid the medicinal options, there are natural ingredients like ginger and garlic that can help to offer some of the same benefits.
The benefit of aspirin is within the anti-inflammatory properties. The scar tissue will be inflamed, which often makes the scar stand out and look worse than it really is. In fact, the inflammation can make the scar look worse than the actual wound, especially with burn scars!
Crush a couple of aspirin and place them in some water. You only want enough water to create a paste that you can apply directly onto the scar. Leave for about 30 minutes and then wash off.
This isn’t an overnight remedy, and you will need to use it daily. If you’re worried about the cost of the aspirin, opt for garlic powder to make a paste instead.
Avoid Sun and Exfoliate Regularly
Sun is one of the worst things for your scars. It damages the skin tissue and will make the scars look deeper and darker than they really are. This even happens if you use lemon or tomato to attempt to lighten the skin. At the same time, the sun will affect the skin cells by killing them. Your natural remedies above will need to work harder to remove the scar tissue.
While avoiding the sun, you’ll want to remove the dead skin cells as much as possible. One of the best things that you can do is exfoliate. Whether you do that with over the counter treatments or natural remedies is up to you.
It is possible to create your own exfoliate. Use some honey with sugar or salt to rub away gently. You can also use half a lemon dipped in sugar or salt for similar effects.
Look for various ways to reduce the look of your scars, while using options that will heal from deep within the skin. You can get rid of those marks, whatever the reason for them. You can also use the remedies above to prevent scar tissue returning or forming in the future, so you have more confidence to show off your body.