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9 Effective Natural Remedies And Treatments To Remove Old Scars

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9 Effective Natural Remedies And Treatments To Remove Old Scars September 19, 2017

No one wants to live with scars. You might have tried all methods to remove them, and your efforts must have gone in vain. Well, don’t let them trouble you any more. We bring to you home remedies that can get rid of those adamant scars and make you look flawless again. Read on to know more.

Scars can be a result of injuries, burns, acne, blemishes, insect bites, chicken pox, and surgeries. They can tarnish your skin and leave permanent marks on your face and/or body. Although some parts of the body are not visible, having these scars on areas like the face can be very embarrassing and difficult to handle. Removing them can be a challenge, but it is not impossible by any means.

Before looking at the remedies to say goodbye to your old scars, let us first understand the different types of scars that occur due to skin exposure and trauma. The different types of scars are:

  • Atrophic Scars: One example of this kind of scars is stretch marks. They create sunken or indentation marks on the body.
  • Keloidal Scars: These are large, dark, elevated, and benign tumors that appear behind the ears, back, and chest. These scars can also go beyond and grow outside the affected area.
  • Hypertrophic Scars: These are the most common type of scars. They are raised dark marks that are caused due to acne and other skin infections.

Scars come in all sizes and shapes, and they are something you would rarely want to show off. Here are some methods to treat these scars. These methods can erase them to a great extent in due course of time.

Natural Remedies To Remove Old Scars

  1. Lemon
  2. Honey
  3. Onions
  4. Aloe Vera Gel
  5. Gooseberry
  6. Tea Tree Oil

Other Treatments

  1. Over The Counter Drugs
  2. Chemical Peels
  3. Laser Treatments

How To Get Rid Of Old Scars With These Remedies

1. Lemon

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You Will Need
  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Firstly, ensure that the skin around the scarred area is cleansed thoroughly.
  2. Dip the cotton ball in lemon juice and dab it on the affected area.
  3. Keep it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off.
  4. After washing off the lemon juice, apply a sunscreen if you plan to step out in the sun.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times daily.

Why This Works

Lemons are rich in AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) that help to remove dead skin cells and act as a natural bleach on old scars. Lemon juice helps to lighten scars and erases them over time (1).

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2. Honey

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • A small towel
  • Hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the raw honey and baking soda.
  2. Massage the mixture on the scar for about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Place a hot towel over the area. When the towel cools down, wipe the area clean.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Raw honey is an age-old therapy to remove and fade scars. It stimulates tissue regeneration and is very effective in treating wounds as well (2). Baking soda exfoliates the accumulated dead skin cells from the scar and makes your skin healthy and smooth (3).

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3. Onions

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You Will Need

Onion juice

What You Have To Do
  1. Grate the onion and squeeze out some fresh onion juice.
  2. Apply this directly to the scar and let it dry naturally.
  3. Rinse after 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

This remedy can be repeated 3-4 times a day.

Why This Works

This is a surprising but miraculous treatment for old scars. Onions have anti-inflammatory properties and also inhibit the production of collagen, which in turn helps in fading scars (4, 5). These days, onion extracts come in gel or cream bases that can be applied regularly to get blemish-free skin.

Caution

Do not forget to keep the skin moisturized in between the onion juice applications.

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4. Aloe Vera Gel

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You Will Need

Aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Use either fresh aloe vera gel or an organic store-bought one on the scars. Massage it in thoroughly.
  2. Do not rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Reapply 2-3 times daily.

Why This Works

Aloe vera gel has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce skin irritation, remove scars, and encourage the regeneration of new skin cells (6).

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5. Gooseberry

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You Will Need
  • Gooseberry powder
  • Olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix enough gooseberry powder with olive oil to form a smooth paste that will cover the affected area.
  2. Apply this as a face pack and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

Use this face pack every alternate day.

Why This Works

Known in India as amla, gooseberry is rich in vitamin C that inhibits the formation of scars. This helps in lightening the old scars and also preventing the formation of new ones (7). Olive oil will keep the skin nourished during the healing process (8).

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6. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon water or olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Dilute the tea tree essential oil in either olive oil or water.
  2. Massage the scarred area with this oil.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night, before going to bed.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil contains phytochemicals that can reduce surgical and acne scars gradually. It improves blood circulation to the affected area and also protects it from any infections (9).

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Other Treatments For Old Scars

Apart from these home remedies, there are various treatment options available in the market to get rid of scars. Here are some of the commonly used methods you can also opt for.

7. Over The Counter Drugs

There are several OTC drugs or creams that can be used to remove old scars, but only under the guidance of the doctor or a pharmacist. Consulting a certified dermatologist is recommended so that you are prescribed the correct type of cream to remove your old scars.

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8. Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are known to lighten old scars and remove them by using chemical exfoliants. This procedure also removes the dullness from the skin and adds a glow to the skin by providing an even skin tone. Many cosmetic clinics offer various types of chemical peels depending on the nature of the scar you want to get rid of. This method works the best for superficial scars.

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9. Laser Treatments

If none of the methods mentioned above methods work, you can try laser treatment. This method is used on persistent and stubborn scars. Different lasers are used for different types of scars. For example, a yellow light laser is used for keloids or hypertrophic scars. Among all the cosmetic procedures, laser treatment is the most effective in removing all scars and evening out your skin tone.

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Getting rid of old scars can give you confidence and determination to face the world. Try these methods, and soon, you will be ready to face the world without any embarrassment. It’s time to say goodbye to those old scars!

[ Read: Laser Treatments For Acne Scars ]

Watch This Video To Learn How To Remove Old Scars

Do you have old scars that bother you? What have you tried to remove them? What home remedy worked the best for you? Do share with us in the comments section.

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