Scars occur naturally throughout life and are simply a part of the body’s healing mechanisms. What you see is actually collagen, or protein, growing underneath the skin. They can occur as a result of a cut, surgery, acne, wound or some other type of injury.
Collagen is full of fibers that make the layer of skin, just underneath the top layer, stronger and more resistant to tearing. When some type of injury takes place they collagen that is manufactured by the body becomes thickened.
This thickness is what causes the scar that can be seen after an injury. A scar looks different depending on what the injury is and they take up to eighteen months to fully mature.
When they are first visible, they are typically reddish in color and raised well above the surface of the skin. As time passes, they flatten out and blend more easily with the surrounding skin. There is no way to completely get rid of scars no matter how hard we try, but there are ways to reduce scars with a natural scar treatment.
There are many different types of scars that can occur depending on what type of injury or surgery has taken place. Keloid scars grow outwards from the original injury. They have a tough look about them and can actually affect our ability to move freely. They can be erased in a limited way by using a natural scar treatment like cryotherapy, gel pads and pressure treatment.
Contracture scars result from skin that has been burned. These can be nasty and actually affect your ability to move freely. Muscles and nerves may also be effected.
Hypertrophic scars are the same as keloids scars in most ways besides the fact that they do not cover the outer edges of the injury. They are reddish in color and puff well above the skin.
Acne scars develop in people who are afflicted with a severe case of acne. They look different depending on the type of skin and severity of the acne. They can cause deep pits in the skin, look angular or take on a wave like appearance.
Doctors usually have no problems diagnosing scars. A simple examination of the skin will give all the information that they need. They will likely ask you a few questions about how they occurred and whether it is painful, or not.
As I said earlier, there will always be a trace of scarring left. There are scar treatments and medicines that can help to reduce scars and make them somewhat less visible, though. Topical ointments, gels and creams are the most common natural scar treatments.
Tips and Natural Scar Treatments to Reduce Scars
- Coconut oil: coconut oil is a terrific natural scar treatment which protects and heals scarred skin by working with the body’s healing processes. This oil contains fatty acids which function as antioxidants that are critical in minimizing tissue damage caused by free radicals. The tissues that are mainly affected by these radicals are connective tissues. They reduce the regenerative abilities of the connective tissues. Therefore if coconut oil is used consistently it will reverse the effects caused by radicals and also soften the skin’s texture.
- Aloe Vera: one property of Aloe Vera that helps in treatment of scars is that it stimulates the regeneration process of tissues in the skin. It also keeps the skin’s surface moisturized which helps in diminishing of scars. Application of Aloe Vera on the skin is also known to reduce inflammation.
- Baking soda helps in the exfoliation of the top layers of the skin, and if you use it regularly it will help in fading of the scars while at the same time cleansing the pores on the skin’s surface.
- Olive oil: one way of keeping your scars from becoming worse is by keeping them constantly moisturized. Olive oil has revitalizing properties and helps keep scarred skin adequately moisturized. This natural scar remedy can be applied after using baking soda.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree oil has both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This keeps the scars from worsening due to infections. If you use regularly, preferably at least twice a day, tea tree oil will significantly improve the appearance of the scarred area. One disadvantage of this remedy is that it has a strong pungent odor.
- Cucumber paste: often used at beauty spa’s to get rid of dark patches around the eyes, cucumber can be ground into a paste then applied to scarred skin. It helps hydrate the scarred area and at the same time helps fade the scars.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: If you want to reduce the scar on your skin, put on apple cider vinegar on the scar after you have washed it. The solution should be one part apple cider vinegar and one part of distilled water. You can utilize a cotton ball in putting on the solution to the scars every day for an optimum result.
- Honey Mask: A Homemade honey mask is also considered better in minimizing scars on the skin. Make a mask that is a blend of honey, oats and yogurt. For a maximum result, use a slice of cucumber that is dipped into the mixture and put on to parts that have scars for about 20-30 minutes. You can do this therapy two times every week for the best results.
- Egg Whites: Put egg whites on your face to minimize scars caused by acne. Putting egg whites on acne scars is also a way of reducing reducing their appearance. You can apply them on the scars using a cotton ball or your clean hands. Leave the egg white on the scar for about 15-20 minutes or until dry then rinse your face with luke warm water. Egg white is not only very good at minimizing face scars, it is also good in drying out oily skin.
- Cleavers and Red clover can help your body to recuperate from scarring and neither of them have the side effects of conventional medicine. If you have any specific questions about which herbs will be best then seek the advice of a local herbalist or homeopath.
- There is a specially formulated Scar Healer treatment that is is 100% natural and organic at the source. It has been formulated with the highest quality pure essential oils extracted from plants free from any chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and drugs. Scar Healer has powerful skin regenerative properties which will encourage new cell growth diminishing the size of scars. Improving natural skin color and restoring skin tissue elasticity (improving appearance and skin texture). Treat all types of scars or keloids new or old, including acne scarring.