6 Natural Home Remedies for Treating Scars and Keloids
Even though scars and keloids are literally ‘skin deep’ and rarely present any health risks, they can also be ‘scarring’ to one’s psyche, namely how they view themselves in the mirror.
And while this may be more of an aesthetic issue than anything else, one still shouldn’t have to be forced to live with such things their entire lives if they choose not to.
And yes, you can opt for surgical removal if you wish, but there are plenty of others, less risky and much cheaper home remedies which will also do the trick. We’d like to introduce you to some of the best ones.
Before we do, however, there are a few more things worth noting: the best time to start treating a scar is when it is still very young, practically a wound.
And remember to always keep it properly clean and dry to avoid any complications. Patience is needed for these marvelous home remedies to do their magic.
1. Carrot Seed Oil
Carrots are, much to our dismay, often overlooked veggies and yet they offer plenty of health and beauty benefits. Some of which include the natural treatment of acne and, you guessed it, scar tissue!
Their most powerful form would be their oil form. You see, carrot seed oil is a potent disinfectant, antiseptic, anticarcinogenic and antioxidant agent.
Why, it is even diuretic! You can either consume it or apply it directly to the affected area on your skin. It can also help in treating any digestive issues, stomach ulcers, and lower one’s acidity levels. All in all, a useful ingredient to have lying around in your cupboards.
The method for treating scars is simple: just pour a few drops onto the affected area and massage this oil into your skin for about 5 to 12 minutes two times a day.
2. Tea Tree Oil
This oil has been gaining popularity for a reason. It is absolutely safe to use other than having a lovely scent and a gentle effect. Many pregnant women love using it to avoid any abdominal scarring which can pigment very easily.
This healing oil has many useful properties. It can even relieve certain pains as well as being a natural cleanser for any sensitive parts. One can even use it as a makeshift douche or mouthwash (spit, don’t swallow!), as long as they remember to dilute it in some water first.
The treatment is to pour several drops onto your scar and massage until it the area is well moisturized, and most of the tea tree oil has evaporated. Do this twice per day.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Is there something ACV is not beneficial for? Its potent antiseptic properties make it a popular natural cure for oral ulcers and gastritis. It can also be used as a mouthwash and is excellent for cleaning and sanitizing wounds. Since it is edible, one can use it in many recipes.
But let us concentrate on the scar treatment. Dab a cotton pad into some ACV. It can be applied either on its own or prior to applying any of the essential oils we mentioned.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide plus Baking Soda
Such a concoction will gently sizzle on your skin and offer some nice soothing effects. Baking soda is fantastic for alkalizing the body, but when combined with hydrogen peroxide instead of plain water, it makes for a super-cleansing paste. Not to mention cheap!
A word of caution, don’t leave this homemade paste on your skin for over 10 minutes. Make sure to rinse properly using a gentle moisturizing soap.
5. Guava and Vitamin C
Instead of lemon juice, you can opt for these two. For example, kiwis and bell peppers, leafy greens or chili peppers, berries and, yes guava are all excellent sources of vitamin C, even more so than lemons.
You can combine any of these foods with vitamin C supplements for an excellent beauty paste. Give yourself a nice spa treatment with this pro-collagen, anti-acne and anti-scar mixture!
6. Aloe Vera
It’s safe for use, and its abundant collagen and vitamin E content make it a fantastic choice for soothing any burns and treating many skin problems. It is also a natural antibacterial agent which does a great job at reducing inflammation.