Natural Ways to Prevent and Reduce Scars
At some point in our lives, most of us will walk away from some event or another with a scar to show for it. Sometimes that scar will tell a story. Other times, a scar can be a source of embarrassment. Whatever the cause of a scar, it’s important to love the skin you’re in.
Sometimes, loving your skin means preventing or reducing scars and marks that you find unfavorable. If reducing scar visibility or preventing them from forming in the first place means you’re happier with your body, the good news is, there are simple, natural ways to do so.
It’s also important that you treat your scars in the most natural way possible, avoiding any topical creams or oils that may contain harmful chemicals. For the most part, you can make your own topical scar treatment using one or two natural ingredients that are fairly easy to come by.
We’ve gathered a list of what we consider to be the top natural solutions for preventing and reducing scarring on your skin.
Spot test these products on your skin to be sure you won’t have a negative reaction to any of them, which could make matters worse.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a great option for both preventing scarring during the healing process and reducing scar visibility after the wound has healed.
Acting as a natural astringent, apple cider vinegar will tighten the skin, which will help the process of healing and reduce the likelihood of scar tissue forming.
Top 10 Home Remedies says that apple cider vinegar can help eliminate dead skin cells as the strong, acidic nature of the vinegar exfoliates the skin in a way. This elimination of dead skin cells will actually help reduce the scar’s appearance.
According to The Life Square, “vinegar scrapes off all dirt, dead and old skin from the skin surface and then regenerates the growth of skin’s tissue for a healthy new skin. It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antibiotic properties. […] Cider vinegar’s got essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin B2 and B6, Vitamin C, E and P.”
Since apple cider vinegar is so strong, you’ll want to wipe it off shortly after application as it could cause your skin to react. It’s also important to spot test for the same reason to make sure you won’t have a negative reaction to such a strong ingredient.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an extremely powerful essential oil that is used for a number of different types of treatments.
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties which make it powerful when treating and preventing scars. According to Tips and Beauty, “this oil heals several skin infections which are primarily bacterial and fungal in nature. The chemicals present in this oil also fade and lighten the scars on the face.”
Using tea tree oil can also help speed the healing process on a fresh wound and help avoid infection.
What’s unique about tea tree oil, is that according to Livestrong, tea tree oil can even help heal hypertrophic scars. These scars differ from normal scars, as they are usually red, raised and can cause itching or pain. “Tea Tree oil has been shown to alter a number of inflammatory mediators. Reducing some of these mediators should improve both wound healing and scarring.”
Tea tree oil should never be used undiluted, so make sure that pure tea tree oil is only applied topically after being mixed with a carrier oil.
Pure Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is often credited with its ability to help soothe skin and heal burns, but did you know it can also heal wounds and prevent scars?
Livestrong says that “due to its soothing, moisturizing and healing properties, aloe vera gel can be applied to scars to help the skin repair itself as well as lessen irritation. […] Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory properties that cut down on skin irritations, as well as help your wounds rid themselves of dead skin […] aloe vera can lessen surface swelling and help repair damaged skin cells, as well as protect newer, healthier ones. Aloe vera is able to penetrate deeply into the skin to moisturize it and help increase the amount of collagen your skin produces to promote healing.”
An animal study published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery supported the idea that aloe works to heal wounds and prevent scarring. “Aloe vera modulated the inflammation, increased wound contraction and epithelialization, decreased scar tissue size, and increased alignment and organization of the regenerated scar tissue.”
The best way to use aloe is to squeeze it from a fresh aloe leaf directly, but using a bottled gel works, too. Just check the ingredients beforehand to make sure there is nothing harmful in it.
Lemon juice doesn’t only prevent scarring, it also helps with the noticeability of preexisting scars.
Alpha hydroxy acid is found in lemon juice. This acid is praised for its ability to benefit the skin. In lemon, AHA comes in the form of citric acid which is an astringent, according to Livestrong.
It also works as a natural bleach, preventing or correcting skin discoloration, which can be part of dealing with a scar. This is the biggest way that lemon juice helps reduce the appearance of a scar.
Again, because lemon is extremely acidic and has a natural bleaching effect, spot testing is extremely important. It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t leave lemon juice on your skin for too long, nor should you go out into the sun with lemon juice on your skin as it could cause a burn.
Black Cumin Seed Oil
For generations, centuries even, black cumin seed oil has been used in skin care. Even Cleopatra used black cumin seed oil, or Nigella sativa, for better hair and skin.
According to Natural Living Ideas, black cumin oil is “known to promote and inhibit melanin production, benefiting the skin and even helping to heal scars, and prevent scar formation. Some studies have suggested that it may be an especially useful remedy for this purpose.”
The Skin Disease Remedies blog says that the “antioxidant activity exhibited by black seed oil thwarts free radicals and stimulates cell regeneration. […] Omega–3 fatty acids housed in it moisturize your skin and fasten the healing of acne blemishes. […] Vitamin A and amino acids help to reduce acne scars and dark spots.”
Black cumin seed oil is a great option to use during wound healing and after the wound has partly or completely healed to prevent the scar from becoming worse. This is the most powerful solution for scar preventing and reduction on the list.
If you decide to use this powerful oil for your scars, it’s important that the black cumin seed oil you choose is the best quality it can be.
Our Black Cumin Oil is 100% black cumin seed oil, made with organic non-GMO seeds, pressed using Perfect Press Technology. This is the best black cumin oil available on the market.
Scar Treatment Tips
It’s important to be persistent with treating a scar, whether it’s already formed or on the way to forming.
Keeping the area hydrated and moisturized is extremely important for healing and improving a preexisting scar.
Don’t forget to spot test any product ahead of time, as scarred skin tends to be a bit extra sensitive. Skin, in general, can react to different ingredients in different ways. Make sure to test how your skin will react before applying generously to a scar.
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