Scars. Everyone has at least one mark on their body from an event of injury they suffered in the past. Whether it be from childhood or teenage years where you fell off a bike or stairs, or some ‘playful’ banter with your siblings, or it can be obtained through adolescence from another accident, a result from surgery, labor, or simply because you’re a klutz.
The scars you attained may range from a tiny white line on your finger, to a whole stitches scar down your spine. Maybe even a badass scar down your eye like Scar from the Lion King™. Either way, some people consider it a beauty mark, while some of us are eager to find a way to get rid of these marks off of our body, due to personal reasons. I’d know as I have a scar on my right cheek
I got the scar after mole removal treatment when I was 8 years old, and it has left a mark on my cheek. I have tried so many anti-scar creams and ointments I could get from the pharmacy or even prescribed by doctors. 14 years later, I still have the mark on my face. It is extremely saddening and disappointing.
Recently, I have been indulging myself with knowledge on clean beauty, and delightfully, I have discovered so many natural remedies products that can be used to get rid of scars, ranging from carrier oils to essential oils. Let’s check out these natural remedies that we can use for scar treatment.
Top 9 Natural Remedies to Reduce Scars
Natural Beauty Oils
Everyone knows of the ability of rosehip seed in aiding facial beauty. Rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes, and is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids that supposedly do wonderful things for your face. Although rosehip seed oil doesn’t exactly have the best smell with its dry, herbaceous aroma, this seed is actually helpful for aging skin, treat sunburn, and is the best remedy to treat scars and stretch marks on your face or body.
Rosehip oil is widely known for its valuable healing benefits, prized since ancient times. This oil is loaded with skin-nourishing vitamins and essential fatty acids, as well as phenol, that was known to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Apart from its definite ability to moisturise the skin, and boost collagen production, rosehip oil is also known to be able to heal scars, patches of deformed skin, and dark spots. Rosehip oil contains antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and E, and essential fatty acids which are important to regenerate tissue and cell in the skin.
In research conducted in 2015, a group of researchers has given rosehip seed oil to post-surgery patients. The patients were advised to apply the oil on surgical scars twice a day, starting from the day the stitches were removed. The results of the research were taken 12 weeks after the first application, and it is found that the scars were less apparent, disappearing without lumps, and the skin elasticity was improved. The color on the area had also significantly improved.
It is possible for rosehip seed oil to cause irritation or allergy reaction, so please conduct to a doctor, dermatologist, or pharmacist before using. Patients who have diabetes, kidney stones, and anemia are prohibited from using this oil.
2. Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E is not a single vitamin, but rather a group of fat-soluble vitamins with antioxidant effects. Vitamin E oil is derived from vitamin E and can be applied directly to the skin, or added to lotions, creams, and gels.
Vitamin E oil contains antioxidant that helps to protect skin from damages caused by free radicals. Free radicals make it harder for scars to heal, so applying vitamin E oil on your body can prevent scarring by helping skin to retain moisture while boosting its collagen production.
A few studies have been conducted using vitamin E, and it has shown a significant improvement on the appearance of scars. A study was conducted on child patients with surgical scars who used vitamin E oils 3 times a day. It was discovered that the children didn’t develop keloids or extra scar tissue over the wound. Researchers also conclude that using vitamin E oil topically before and after surgery improve the way scars heal.
Coconut is one of the few foods that can be classified as ‘superfood’. Not only you can get a delicious drink and meat inside the fruit, the fiber can be used to make nets and strings, and our grandmothers also use coconut milk to make curry. Mmm… yummy! Aside from those, coconut is also known for its benefit in beauty. Aside from the fact that it can be used on your hair for a glossier and lusher hair, its unique combination of fatty acids can have positive effects on your health.
Virgin coconut oil contains fatty acids and micronutrients that may help to reverse skin damage. With its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it can also help prevent, and heal skin conditions. One key ingredient in coconut oil is the antioxidant vitamin E. As you’ve read before, multiple research has been done on the abilities of vitamin E to improve scars.
Packed with healthy fats and essential nutrients, almond is another one of nature’s ‘superfoods’. Many are aware of almonds’ internal benefit and pleasure, but not all know the external benefit of this nut. Almond oil has numerous benefits to the skin, including reducing the appearance of scars.
Sweet almond oil is treasured in the cosmetic world for its natural emollient qualities. This oil contains vitamin E antioxidant which helps to hydrate, soothe and moisturise dry and damaged skin. Its lower content of essential fatty acids makes it a stable topical solution, and a less greasy option than other oils. It is absorbed by the skin well, allowing the skin to benefit from the nutrients in the oil.
Due to its emollient qualities, many people use it to aid in the smoothing and reduction of scar tissue. The oil absorbs easily, then it works to keep the skin’s moisture levels balanced, thus generating smoothness and promoting evenness in color. The result of the usage can usually be observed after a few weeks of twice-daily application to the affected areas.
Although it has undeniable benefits to the skin, it is advised that people with nut allergies avoid using this oil, and instead, sought for a different alternative.
Essential oils have many wonderful benefits that can help enhance our wellness and beauty journey. Using them to reduce scars is definitely one of them. As essential oils are very potent, always dilute them safely into natural beauty oils as mentioned above before applying them on the skin for your scar treatment.
Not only that lavender smells amazing, it is also one of nature’s gentle and effective healing tonics for scars blemishes due to its antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-fungal properties. Ever since the ancient Rome and Greek age, lavender has always been known for its ability to heal wounds and scars. Though in the old days, they mashed lavender flowers to make a paste to be applied to scars, now we are blessed with the existence of lavender essential oil.
Since this oil is so gentle, you can apply lavender essential topically onto your skin to promote healing from the inside out immediately. Applying lavender essential oil over a newly-opened wound may help to stop the bleeding and prevent the formation of scars by promoting tissue and cell growth. You can also put lavender essential oil on existing scars to reduce the size and appearance of the mark on your skin.
Though cedarwood is a tree that grows in Morocco and has many different types, Atlantic cedar, also known as, Cedarwood Atlas, is known best for its healing abilities. Cedarwood Atlas essential oil is known for its antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
Although known best to help reduce acne and get rid of dandruff, cedarwood Atlas is also known to be able to condition and regenerate skin, thus is capable of reducing the appearance of scars and unwanted blemishes.
7. Carrot Seed Essential Oil
Carrot seed essential oil is known for its high level of antioxidants, it is not only capable of protecting skin from wrinkles, improve skin tone and elasticity, as well as reducing fine lines. Basically, carrot seed oil can be used to fight early signs of ageing skin. Apart from being an excellent additional item for skin care it is also the most effective treatment for scars. In fact, it is the high content of the antioxidants which help fight free radicals that threaten the body’s immune system on a regular basis.
Carrot Seed oil also has high levels of vitamin A, which is known to help produce collagen. The production of collagen is necessary in regenerating skin cells and tissue, as it helps to smooth out uneven skin and scars on the body and layer in new and healthy cells.
Tea tree essential oil is widely known for its powerful antibacterial, antiseptic, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties. What should be noted along with tea tree essential oil is its cicatrisant properties, which is the ability to heal skin, wounds, and ability to regenerate skin cells. Due to this, tea tree essential oil is capable of healing wounds very rapidly and also diminish scars with its healing and regenerative powers. It also acts as a blood stimulant, aiding in overall blood circulation and delivery.
Tea tree essential oil also has a strong and effective antioxidant to improve the overall appearance of the skin, as well as reduce blemishes, lines, and scars. Tea tree essential oil is one of the most effective remedies for tightening and smoothing the skin, as well as drastically reducing scar tissue by helping to regrow new and healthy skin cells.
9. Neroli Essential Oil
Neroli is a citrus plant that contains wonderful medicinal properties. Neroli essential oil is also a cicatrisant, and it contains high antibacterial, antiseptic, and cytophylactic properties, proving that this oil is excellent in healing new or old scars. This oil also has amazing astringent and antibacterial properties that makes it a staple in anyone’s beauty arsenal. When incorporate into daily beauty routine, it can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines, and blemishes.
Although Neroli essential oil is among the more expensive essential oils due to its requirement of 1000 pounds of the blossom to produce only one pound of oil, with its incredible overall healing properties, Neroli has been an eternal favorite among essential oil users and naturopaths. One can say, that it is worth the fortune to spend on this jewel.
These are the few oils that can help improve the appearance of scars, but consistency is key! Researches conducted have shown that one needs to use the oil regularly. Mainly, twice a day. Though the result may not be immediate, most have reported that the positive results may be seen after 6-12 weeks.
Now, although we’ve known the natural oils we can use to get rid of our scars, it is important to note that every skin type is different, there’s no one oil that fits all. So, be patient and always do a patch test to avoid any allergic reaction before applying any product. When you’ve found the oil that suits you, make sure to be consistent & enjoy the healing process.
Stay safe, and happy trying!