While scars didn’t bother us much in our childhood, they can become a nuisance once we grow up, especially if they’re very noticeable. Luckily, there are many scar removal options today, and you can even use home remedies to diminish those annoying marks at home.
Since I have some scars myself, I was wondering what are the best methods for removing scars. I was happy to find out there are countless solutions. Although aesthetic procedures at a professional are the quickest answer, they can be too expensive, painful and are not the best choice for everyone. Therefore, I also wanted to focus on natural remedies with ingredients you probably already have at home.
All you will need is patience, as it will take time to get the results. Before I continue with describing the remedies and other procedures, I want to take a moment to explain the most common types of scars, as there are some differences which will change the best scar removal method as well as the time required to get rid of them.
Why Scars Occur and Different Types Of Scars
Scars are patches of skin that grow over a wound. Scarring is a natural process that happens after a cut or a burn, as our body tries to heal the damaged skin rapidly. Although scars do a great job in treating our skin, they look unappealing and may impact our self-esteem negatively. For this reason, scar removal treatments are among the most popular aesthetic procedures today.
The appearance of scars as well as the best technique of removal depends on many factors, including the age of the scar, depth of the wound, the position and the type of the scar.
Types of scars
Keloid scars happen after an overly rapid healing process, usually in the chest, back and neck areas. They typically extend beyond the affected area and are large, dark and raised above the skin. Keloid scars are most common among those with a dark skin tone. Although these scars can be slightly improved with natural remedies, store brought products, as well as surgeries, are much more efficient. Hypertrophic scars are similar to keloids in that they are raised above the normal skin level; however, they don’t spread beyond the injury.
They are the most common type of scars, and you can reduce them with silicone sheets, surgery, and home remedies. Atrophic scars are sunken scars that appear below the level of skin tissue, and they happen when your body is unable to repair the skin.
The most common examples are acne scars and stretch marks. There are many surgical options for these scars, but the continuous application of natural remedies can also make a tremendous change.
In the next few sections, I will explain the most common methods of scar removal. Bear in mind that although these will reduce the scars, they may not erase them.
Before spending too much money on surgical procedures and creams, you should try to use home remedies to decrease the appearance of your scars.
These are easy to do and will cost you almost nothing. However, you will need to repeat applying the chosen remedies daily for an extended period before seeing results.
Vitamin E can significantly improve the cosmetic appearance of scars when applied topically. The most common way to do it is by buying Vitamin E capsules. To do this method, just cut open the capsule and squeeze the oil over the scar, massage it in your skin and wash it off after 20 minutes. To see the fastest results, repeat this process three times per day.
Honey is a popular skin care remedy for hundreds of years, and recent research has proved it’s efficiency for skin regeneration. To use honey for scar removal, you only need to apply it to the affected area, cover it with a bandage and let it sit as long as possible. You could incorporate this into your evening routine and let it do it’s magic overnight. Once you’re done, wash it away with warm water.
Lemon may not flatten the scars, but it will lighten the skin which makes it a popular option for those with stretch marks. Make sure your skin is clean and then apply the lemon juice with a cotton ball. Rinse it off after 20 minutes and try to repeat this procedure twice per day, until you’re happy with the results. Onions can also be extremely useful for removing childhood scars. They have anti-inflammatory properties while also boosting the production of collagen, both of which can fade your scars.
What’s even better, we all already have them at home so that you won’t have any extra expenses. To use this remedy, merely grate the onions, squeeze their juice and apply it directly to your scar. Let it dry completely, and then rinse it off with warm water. To reap the maximum effect, you will need to be consistent and use the method several times per day.
Natural remedies are effective, but not all of us can incorporate them into our daily routines. If you don’t have the time to pamper your skin 3 to 5 times per day, you could try out scar removal creams which are easier to apply and don’t require as many steps.
Scar Removal Creams
If you’re not ready to prepare your remedies, you can buy some of the scar removal creams (note to editor – you can insert the product review link here). Topical creams can completely erase new scars, while also reducing childhood scars to a great extent.
If you’re not sure which cream you should go for, it would be best that you consult with a professional. On the other hand, you could also read customer reviews to see whether other users had any effect with a cream you’re considering. The scar removal creams usually come in gel form, which can promote healing of both old and new scars. Some products focus on skin exfoliation, that removes the top layer of the skin and promotes regeneration. Whichever cream you go for, you will need to apply it twice daily and can expect to see first visible changes after several weeks.
If nothing else works, you can consider going to a professional. While there are many scar removal treatments available, they fit into two general categories: surgical treatments and injections. Regardless of the procedure, you can expect you will need several appointments to get the best results.
Surgical Scar Removal
There are many surgical options available today. Dermabrasion is a popular choice for atrophic scars such as acne and stretch marks. It includes removing surface layers of the skin to promote skin regeneration. The healing process lasts for a few days, and you can expect your scars to appear lighter and less thick. Kin grafts, on the other hand, are commonly used for those with burns and large scars, and they include taking the skin from another part of your body to cover the scar and promote healing.
The third and most common surgical option are lasers which work wonders, for both hypertrophic and atrophic scars. They work by removing an upper layer of the skin. Promoting new skin to grow and consequently reducing the scars’ size and making them appear lighter.
Chemical peels are also an excellent option for those with acne scars, as they reduce their appearance as well as remove the hyperpigmentation that usually forms around them. The healing period lasts for a few days, as your skin will continue to peel. Therefore, it may be good to take a few days off, to allow your body to soak in the benefits of the treatment.
Steroid injections are commonly used for keloids and hypertrophic scars. They work best in combination with other treatment options, and they help to reduce the size of the scar. Other than steroids, fillers are also popular options. They come in the form of fat transfer, hyaluronic acid, and collagen and they fill up atrophic scars to make them similar to the rest of your skin. Injections are great for small scars since they can work magic while not requiring any time for recovery and they are also more affordable than surgical options.
Scars generally don’t have any health risks, but they can impact our self-esteem negatively. Today, when we’re aware of different scar removal options, there’s no reason to continue living with them. While natural remedies don’t have any side effects and are easy to use, it would be best that you consult with a professional to determine which solution, or combination of solutions, would be the most efficient for your specific case.
It seems demanding to continuously apply remedies and creams or go to several painful surgical appointments, but once you see your scars have nearly disappeared, you’ll know the effort was worth it.
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