Scars are marks that are left on the skin after an injury or a wound. They may be due to various skin wounds including burns, cuts or acne inflammation. These are not just marks on the body but for many people they are one of the biggest reasons of low self esteem. It is said that “A wound may heal but scars are forever.” Getting rid of scars is a little tougher but they can be treated by following simple home remedies. Results of these remedies may vary from person to person depending on the depth and severity of the problem. Scar tissue also tends to fade naturally over a period of time.
Here is a list of 10 such quick and easy home remedies to clear the scars. You don’t need to spend your hard-earned money on expensive cosmetic treatments if you follow these simple steps to get healthy-looking flawless skin.
10. Coconut Oil
The simplest and cheapest of all, coconut oil can be used on burn marks, injury marks and acne as well. The vitamin E, and antioxidants, in coconut oil accelerates the healing time and prevents new scars from forming. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties and helps in preventing skin infection. Just apply it on the scar overnight for 10-15 days and see the magic!
Turmeric has not one but many health benefits. It is considered to be anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibiotic and protects against many harmful diseases. It is also used to treat scars, mix some turmeric powder with ghee or raw milk and massage it gently over the affected area. Wash it after 15-20 minutes, it not only clears scars but keeps the skin healthy and glowing. It has been praised and popularized for its anti-aging properties also.
Lemon juice is packed with many nutrients, so it’s not only healthy as a food but can also be used in home remedies to treat numerous skin disorders. Lemon is rich in vitamin C and citric acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which helps to remove dead skin cells and act as natural bleach. To use it, clean the skin around the scar then dip a cotton ball in lemon juice, apply it on the scar and rinse it after keeping it for 10-15 minutes. It will lighten the scar and erase it completely after regular use.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
As a folk remedy, apple cider vinegar has been credited with curing everything from the flu to warts. Dab a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it on the scars. This will fade the scars. Wash it off after 10 minutes. Else, take 1 part of apple cider vinegar and 2 parts of water. Wash your face with this solution after cleaning the face and before going to bed.
6. Neem Leaves
Neem leaves have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents. These agents help to remove scars. To use it, take few neem leaves and make a paste. Apply it on the scars. It can also be used as a face pack. This will not only fade the scars, but also solve the skin problems, like acne, etc. Neem leaves for skin can also be used as a toner. Just dip a cotton ball in boiled neem water and wipe your face with it overnight. This will clear acne, scars, pigmentation and black heads.
5. Cord Liver Oil
Cord liver oil is derived from the skin and tissues of a certain type of fish. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and eicosapentaenoic acid. It is also recommended for topical application for the removal of scars and stretch marks. However, it is available in tablet and capsule form; one can puncture it with a pin and take out the oil. Make sure the area is dry and clean of any dirt by rubbing with a towel. Insert your finger into the oil mixture, and gently apply it to the scarred area. Apply it 3-4 times a day.
Tomato contains lycopene which is good for the skin. Like lemon, tomato also works as natural bleach. Tomatoes are inexpensive fruits that are anti-aging, fight acne, and lighten the skin. Take a fresh tomato and slice it in half, now massage the slice onto the scar and make sure to get the juice all over the trouble area. Not only you will see small improvements every morning, but the rubbing motion also acts as a natural exfoliator. Try it out, but make sure to stick to it.
Gooseberry is considered to be one of the most powerful herbs for improving health and well-being. Known in India as Amla, gooseberries are rich in Vitamin C, which inhibits the formation of scars. Amla can be used to make a powder or paste. The paste can be applied over the affected area and the powder should be mixed with olive oil and applied over the face as a pack. This helps to prevent the formation of scars and helps in lightening the old scars.
Honey is a natural product that has been used as a medicinal remedy for centuries. Although honey has several perceived therapeutic benefits and also can be used to treat scars. According to a study honey stimulates the healing process, is effective in the treatment of wounds and stimulates tissue regeneration. It can be used with both lemon and baking soda. Mix raw honey and baking soda in equal proportions. Massage over the scar area for about 3-5 minutes. Place a hot towel over the area. When the towel cools down, wipe the area clean. Mix honey (3-4 tablespoons) and lemon (half a lemon) and apply on the scar, after 10-15 minutes rinse it off with Luke warm water. Honey and lemon are also used to remove sun tan.
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a plant whose extract is well known for its ability to cool and soothe irritated skin. It is the only topical treatment, a treatment applied directly to the skin — known to reduce the appearance of scars. It is most effective among the numerous options for reducing scars. Advocates theorize that it helps to reduce inflammation and raises the elasticity of scar tissue because aloe vera has moisturizing properties. Studies show that applying aloe vera gel to scar tissue can decrease the size, as well as the look, of scars. To use it, make a mixture of aloe vera gel and rose water. Apply it on your face and keep it on for 15-20 minutes. Before rinsing off the pack, gently massage it for a few minutes.
Many people opt for medical or surgical treatments to treat scars which can have side effects later. For those who desire a safe alternative to reduce scars should definitely try these home remedies. The scars will go completely as long as you are consistent enough to carry on the regime.