Scars caused due to injuries tend to get lighter with time. While they won’t magically disappear, you can fall back on some trusted home remedies to speed up the process. Be patient and persistent as it may take some time depending upon the shape, size and type of scar.
Aloe vera works as a natural emollient to help repair damaged skin and promote growth of healthy skin. That’s why aloe vera can be found in most scar removing ointments. In addition, it will also improve the texture of your skin.
DIY treatment: Peel the outer green cover off the aloe vera leaf, scoop out the gel-like substance, apply it on your scar and massage in circular motions. Leave it on for about 30 minutes and wash it off. However, remember not to apply aloe vera gel on open wounds.
The antioxidant vitamin E present in coconut oil accelerates the healing time and prevents new scars from forming. In addition, the lauric, caprylic and capric acids found in coconut oil stimulate collagen production, promotes healing of damaged skin and reverses free-radical damage.
DIY treatment: Heat some coconut oil to liquefy it, pour some of the warm oil on your palm, and massage it onto the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
The alpha hydroxy acids in lemon contain healing properties that can help treat every type of scar. It can remove dead skin cells, promote the growth of new skin cells and improve skin elasticity. The vitamin C in lemon also helps regenerate and repair damaged skin. In addition, the bleaching property helps lighten scars.
DIY treatment: Apply some lemon juice directly on the affected area, wait for 10 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, dilute it with rose water or vitamin E oil. Do avoid going out in the sun immediately after applying the lemon juice and be sure to use sunscreen when you do.
Sandalwood has skin-regenerating and soothing properties that can reduce the appearance of all types of scars.
DIY treatment: Mix one teaspoon of sandalwood powder with two teaspoons of rose water or milk to make a paste. Apply the paste on the scar and rub gently. Leave it on for an hour before washing it off with cold water. Sandalwood can be included in your daily beauty regimen too as it is effective in reducing dark spots.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is also useful in managing skin conditions and reducing scars and blemishes, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties.
DIY treatment: Add four drops of tea tree oil to two tablespoons of water. Use this diluted solution to wash the affected area at least two or three times a day. Never use tea tree oil undiluted and always run a patch test if you are using it for the first time.
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