Your scars tell a story. For example, the one I have on my right knee. I got it when I slipped in the rain at summer camp. That was the year I learned running in wet flip-flops wasn’t a wise thing to do.
But sometimes those stories aren’t ones you want to remember. Or perhaps your scar isn’t as easily covered up as mine is.
If you have an unsightly or embarrassing scar you want to get rid of, but don’t want to resort to expensive painful surgery, there are other options.
Heal scars without chemicals or surgeries
Maybe your scar is brand new and you want to keep it from becoming permanent. Or perhaps it’s been haunting you for years.
Either way there are simple home remedies to heal scars that have stood the test of time. These natural approaches could help make your own scar far less noticeable. And in some cases, they may even make a scar disappear altogether.
Following are our six top solutions to heal scars naturally.
1. Aloe vera gel:
If you want to reduce the appearance of an old scar, or are hoping to prevent a new one from ever forming, reach for the aloe vera. The gel from this medicinal plant can help a wound heal faster to prevent scarring. Plus, research shows it could help heal scars that have been around awhile too.
For best results grow your own aloe plant at home so you can scoop the healing gel directly from the plant leaves. If growing aloe isn’t an option, just be sure that the product you choose is 100 percent pure aloe vera gel.
Apply the gel liberally to your scar two to three times per day. Leave on for at least 30 minutes, which will allow your body to absorb as much of the gel as possible.
2. Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a real kitchen hero. From balancing blood sugar to improving cholesterol, it’s uses almost seem endless. And it turns out it helps heal scars too.
ACV removes dead cells, while promoting new cell growth. Just be sure to avoid using it on any unhealed wounds, which could be painful.
Once a day, dab apple cider vinegar directly onto your scar. Allow it to sit for five minutes, then rinse. You can also mix the ACV with a teaspoon of Manuka honey for even more healing power.
Honey is a natural moisturizer and wound healer. It helps heal scars by rejuvenating skin cells.
Studies show honey can reduce inflammation, help wounds heal faster and dramatically minimize scarring. And the FDA even recognizes Manuka honey as an option for treating wounds.
Before turning in for the night carefully coat your scar with some Manuka honey then cover with a bandage to keep the sheets from getting sticky. In the morning, simply rinse the honey off in the shower. Repeat every night, and the scar should begin to fade.
Lemon is a good option for minimizing the appearance of older scars. But be sure to avoid using it on any wounds that aren’t fully healed because of the sting factor (ouch!).
Lemons are a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, the same active ingredient you’ll find in expensive skin products. These acids help slough off dead skin cells, promote the growth of new skin cells and help keep skin elastic. Plus, the vitamin C in lemon juice is great for helping rejuvenate skin, as well.
Apply the freshly squeezed juice directly to your scar, let sit for ten minutes, then rinse. If you have sensitive skin you can mix the lemon juice with a teaspoon of honey to get double the scar-healing power, without the astringent sting.
5. Tea tree oil:
Experts say essential oils such as tea tree oil can help heal surface scars such as those left behind by acne, cuts or minor burns. Plus tea tree oil’s natural antifungal and antibacterial properties can help heal existing acne to minimize future scarring.
Dilute the tea tree oil by placing a few drops into a carrier oil such as coconut oil (which has skin nurturing properties on its own). Use a cotton swab to dab onto acne scars or bumps. You can also mix a few drops into a teaspoon of Manuka honey.
6. Vitamin E:
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, which can help repair and rejuvenate your skin on the cellular level. The vitamin fights off UV light damage to minimize the appearance of dark spots and scars. Plus experts say it both inhibits scarring and promotes wound healing.
You can raise your E levels from the inside out by eating more vitamin-E rich foods such as almonds, spinach, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. And you can use vitamin E oil directly on your skin to heal scars as well.
Apply vitamin E oil twice a day to your completely healed scar. You should see it begin to fade within a few weeks.
Time may heal all wounds. But to heal scars you sometimes need to take a few extra steps. Give these simple home remedies a try so only the memory remains.
And don’t forget, you should never run in the rain in flip-flops. Trust me.