There are many reasons why a person could have scars, varying from injuries and accidents to skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Regardless of how someone may have gotten a scar, most people would prefer to not have them. Scar removal can be very painful and expensive. However, many people are unaware of natural scar removal treatments.
Here are five natural ways to remove or diminish the appearance of scarring:
1. Egg whites
Egg whites have powerful healing qualities that can help heal scarring and make it less visible. Egg whites are full of proteins and amino acids which tightens the pores to prevent new breakouts while lightening scarred skin.
Whip 3 egg whites until they become fluffy and white. Use your fingers to spread the egg whites on to your skin, concentrating on the problem areas. Let the egg whites dry for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water. Do this 2-3 times a week and before long, scars will fade significantly.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda will elimate dead skin and make scars less visible over time. Baking soda is coarse, but not so much to be damaging. Apply gently and it will act as a natural exfoliant without causing inflammation or irritation.
Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water to make a consistent paste. Very gently massage the baking soda onto skin and let sit for one minute, then rinse with warm water. Make sure to moisturize after this treatment. A little coconut oil massaged gently in the skin is a great alternative to moisturizer.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemons contain alpha hydroxy acids, which have healing properties for the skin. The AHA in lemon juice removes dead skin cells, helps new cells grow, and gives skin its elasticity back. Lemon juice is often described as a natural bleach, so it’s not too surprising that it can help lighten scars.
To use lemon juice to lighten scars, cleanse the scar area thoroughly. Then, put 1 tsp. of lemon juice on a cotton ball and apply to the scarred area. Rinse off after 8-10 minutes. Lemon juice can make your skin photosensitive, so be sure to use proper precautions when in the sun.
Honey retains moisture well. By keeping the recovering skin tissue moist, honey aids in cells regeneration. Honey’s potent antibacterial power makes it an excellent choice for the treatment of wounds, such as burns, ulcers, bacterial infections, acne, and even scars that occur after wounds heal.
Mix a teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and honey and apply a thick coat to your face. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and rinse well with warm water. Repeat 3-4 times a week and scars will fade before you know it.
5. Aloe Vera Juice
Aloe Vera juice is another great option to naturally heal scars. Not only does it soothe inflamed skin, it also boosts the immune system and regenerates damaged tissue. Its mild acerbic qualities ensure, that with regular usage, are prevented resulting in a softer skin, decreased swelling and invigorating new cell growth.
While you can purchase various Aloe Vera products at your local pharmacy, the best thing to do is purchase an aloe plant.
To use the aloe from an aloe vera plant, break off a leaf and rub the gel-like contents onto the skin. Let it dry, then leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Try to do this every day to rapidly minimize the appearance of scarring.
The key to minimizing and elimination of scars is persistence. Serious scars may take up to several months, but with persistent and consistent effort you will eventually see good results.