A scar is a permanent patch of skin that grows over a wound. It can cause a lot of embarrassment. Cuts, burns, surgeries, lacerations, chicken pox, small pox, stretch marks and injuries may lead to the formation of scars.
Itching, burning sensation, pain, swelling, redness, pigmentation or depigmentation of the skin are some early symptoms of this problem. It may not be possible to completely remove a scar. The use of different natural treatments can help in reducing the size and appearance of the scars.
Natural Treatments for Scars
Aloe vera is one of the most effective natural treatments for the skin condition. It is anti-inflammatory in nature and has healing properties. Aloe vera gel can be mixed with tea tree oil and rubbed on the affected area to reduce the scars. A paste made by mixing aloe vera gel, oats and honey can be rubbed on the affected parts of the body in a circular motion for a few minutes and removed water after 2 to 3 hours.
This treatment should be continued for a period of 4 to 5 months to get effective results. Regular application of a mixture of aloe vera juice and cocoa butter/vitamin E oil can also help in the treatment. Another alternative is to drink aloe vera juice (half cup) on a daily basis.
Lemon has bleaching properties. A person can apply lemon juice with the help of a cotton ball for 10 to 15 minutes on a frequent basis to reduce the size and appearance of the scars. It is advisable to wash the affected area with a mild soap before the application of lemon juice to remove dirt and excess oil from the skin. A mixture of lemon juice and sugar can be rubbed on the affected area on a daily basis to lighten the patches. Application of a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda can also provide the desired results.
The affected area can be washed with coconut water several times on a weekly basis to lighten the stretch marks and scars resulting from burns and injuries. Fresh coconut fruit can be grated and mixed with honey to prepare a natural paste. This paste can be massaged on the scarred area on a regular basis to obtain relief from the symptoms. A mixture of coconut and lavender oil can be rubbed multiple times in a week to deal with the problem.
A person can mix turmeric powder, honey and yogurt to create a smooth paste. This paste can be rubbed on the affected area on a regular basis to deal with the problem of scars. A mask prepared by mixing turmeric powder, strawberry pulp and bentonite clay can be applied on the patches several times in a week to reduce acne scars. A mixture of turmeric powder, black gram flour and rose water can be rubbed on the affected parts of the body to get effective results. Another alternative is to apply a mixture of turmeric powder and clarified butter on a daily basis.
Vitamins are antioxidant in nature. Vitamin E can increase the blood circulation which may help in the treatment of scars. Intake of vitamin A is essential for maintaining a healthy skin. Vitamin C can promote the production of collagen which may help in repairing the damaged skin cells. Good sources of these vitamins include broccoli, brussels sprouts, corn, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, apricots and spinach.
Mashed avocado paste can be applied on the affected area before going to bed and removed in the morning with lukewarm water on a regular basis to relieve the skin condition. Application of a mixture of avocado oil and tomato juice can also help in the treatment. The scars resulting from chicken pox can be reduced with the frequent application of a mixture of avocado and olive oil.
Cucumber juice can be applied on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball 2 to 3 times on a daily basis. Application of a natural paste created with the use of cucumber juice, milk powder, tomato juice and honey can also help in reducing the problem. Fresh cucumber can be smeared to make a paste and applied on the scarred area for a period of 30 to 40 minutes multiple times on a weekly basis.
Another effective natural treatment for the skin condition is baking soda. The size and appearance of the scars can be reduced with the regular application of a mixture of baking soda and filtered water. A mixture of baking soda and honey can also be massaged on the affected area on a frequent basis to obtain relief from the problem. Another alternative is to apply a mask prepared with the use of baking soda and olive oil.
Pineapple contains ascorbic acid which can lighten the scars caused by acne and surgery. A person can make a pineapple puree and apply it on the scarred area to treat the symptoms. This paste should be removed with cold water after 15 to 20 minutes of the application. A mixture of pineapple and carrot juice can also be applied on the affected area several times in a week. Daily intake of pineapple juice can also help in the treatment.
A slice of raw potato can be rubbed on the scars on a frequent basis to obtain relief from the skin condition. A natural skin pack created by mixing grated potato, fuller’s earth and rose water can be applied for a period of 30 to 45 minutes on a daily basis to reduce the patches.
Regular massage with the oil extracted from rosehip seeds can help in treating the scars caused by problems such as acne, chicken pox and surgery. A mixture of rosehip, jojoba and lavender oil can be applied before sleeping. Rosehip oil can be mixed with extra virgin olive oil/hazelnut oil and massaged on the affected area on a frequent basis to obtain relief. It is advisable to use this natural treatment after consulting a medical professional.
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