A scar is a mark left on your skin after an injury heals. It forms when your body heals itself after a cut, scrape, burn, or sore. You can also get scars from surgery that cuts through the skin. However, infections such as chickenpox or skin conditions such as acne can also cause scars. Scars are often thicker, as well as pinker, redder, or shinier, than the rest of your skin.
A scar forms as part of the natural healing process following an injury. When injury occurs to your skin either by accident or from surgery your body works to repair the wound. The body creates collagen (a tough fiber in your body that gives the skin strength and flexibility) to reconnect the torn tissues. While the body does this work, it creates a scab over the wound. The scab protects the wound from germs as the body heals. But, after the repair, the scab dries up and falls off. In its place, there may or may not be a scar.
But, if you have a scar that makes you unhappy, various treatments might minimize it. A skin doctor (dermatologist) can talk about making scars less noticeable. Also, keep in mind that, the scars cannot be completely erased. Moreover, there’s no treatment that will return your skin to the way it was before an injury occurs. However, a dermatologist can answer any questions about scars.
Will my scar go away?
Some scars fade over time, but you can never completely erase a scar. No treatment will return your skin to the way it looked before an injury. Ask a skin doctor (dermatologist) about ways to make your scar less visible.
Home remedies for making scars less visible
Almost everyone has a scar and a good story to share about how they got it. Whether you fell off your bike or scratched your arm climbing a tree, scars are usually nothing to worry about. That being said, advocates of natural healing believe that there are remedies that can speed up the lightening process and make a scar less noticeable.
Here are some home remedies you can do to make a scar less visible:
- Remove the dark green “skin” from the flatter side of an aloe vera leaf.
- Scoop out the almost clear light green gel.
- Apply the gel directly to your scar using circular motions.
- After half an hour, wash the gel off with fresh, cool water.
- Repeat twice each day.
- Cut open a vitamin E capsule over the scar and squeeze the oil onto the scar. You might need more than just one capsule to get enough liquid for full coverage.
- For about 10 minutes, massage the oil on and around the scar.
- After about 20 minutes wash off the oil with warm water.
- Repeat this process a minimum of 3 times per day.
- Before going to bed, cover your scar with a layer of honey.
- Wrap the honey-covered scar with a bandage.
- Leave it on for one full night.
- In the morning, remove the bandage and wash off the honey with warm water.
- Make this part of your routine every night.
- Heat a few tablespoons of coconut oil, just enough to liquefy it.
- Massage the oil into the scar for about 10 minutes.
- Let the skin absorb the oil for a minimum of one hour.
- Repeat two to four times every day.
Apple cider vinegar
- Combine 4 tablespoons of distilled water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
- Dip a cotton ball into the water-cider mixture and generously dab your scar.
- Let it dry.
- Do this every night before you go to bed, washing the area in the morning.
Lavender and olive oil
- Mix three drops of lavender essential oil into three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil.
- Massage the mixture into the scarred area for about 5 minutes.
- Leave the oil in place for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse the area with warm water.
- Repeat this process a minimum of three times a day.
- Cut a wedge from a fresh lemon.
- Gently rub the juicy side of the lemon on the scar while you squeeze the juice onto the scar.
- Relax for about 10 minutes before rinsing off the area with cool water.
- Do this every day at approximately the same time.
- Slice a potato into medium thick rounds.
- Using a circular motion, rub the potato slice on your scar.
- Once the potato slice starts to dry out, discard it and continue rubbing with another slice.
- Continue rubbing and replacing for about 20 minutes and then let the scar air-dry for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse the area with cool water.
- Repeat this process at least one time each day
- Mix distilled water a little at time into two tablespoons of baking soda until it forms a paste.
- Wet your scar with distilled water and then apply the paste to the wet scar.
- Hold the paste in place with a warm compress for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the area and repeat daily.
Some scars are hard to avoid, like after surgery or the chickenpox. There are some things you can do to prevent scars caused by injuries like skinned knees and deep scratches. Here are some important safety tips:
- Always wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, or safety glasses when riding your bike, roller skating or playing sports.
- Make sure any equipment that you use or ride on is in good condition. Your equipment needs a tune-up if you see sharp edges, rust spots, dents or scratched paint.
- Play in safe areas. Look on the ground for glass, metal or even plastic bottles with sharp edges that could cut your skin.
- Seek medical help if you get a cut, scrape or more serious injury.
- If injury occurs, keep the cut clean to keep out germs.
- If your cut requires stitches, listen to your doctor’s advice on how to care for them. Following your doctor’s directions could prevent a scar.