Coconut Oil For Scars: An Effective Remedy?

Understand why and how this oil may improve the texture and appearance of scars.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Priya Gill, MBBCH, MRCP
Written by Arshiya Syeda
Edited by Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach
Fact-checked by Medha Deb  • 

Scars are very common as they are a part of the body’s natural healing process. They can be caused by injuries, surgeries, burns, skin disorders such as acne, and other types of physical traumas. Since scarring is so common, there is a significant demand for effective therapeutic solutions. People swear by coconut oil for scars as it is believed to reduce the visibility of scars and enhance the skin’s overall appearance. Could this be true? Let ‘s see what we can find out!

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Coconut oil that you can use to treat scars is extracted from the coconut palm fruit’s milk, meat, and wick.

Coconut Oil For Scars And Wounds: A Look At Its All-Round Benefits

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Coconut oil has a hydrating and moisturizing effect on the skin (particularly dry skin) and is an excellent oil for skin massages (1). Moreover, it can prevent dryness and flaking of the skin and is thus extensively used in skin care. This moisturizing property of coconut oil may help with early scar treatment, especially if the skin is dry and damaged.

The same research claims that when applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer and protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Hence, coconut oil is highly effective on bruises as it can accelerate the healing process of damaged tissues (1).

Another study suggests that coconut oil can boost collagen production and help the skin tissues heal quickly (2). This can encourage new tissue development. Additionally, coconut oil can even out the skin tone and reduce redness caused by scarring. However, more research is warranted in this regard.

The takeaway: According to research, this powerhouse of an ingredient can assist in scar-healing and can be used as a therapeutic agent (3). Data suggests that it could be included as an active ingredient in wound management.

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The practice of applying coconut oil to the body has a long history. Indian Ayurvedic medicine from 1500 BC documents its use for skin healing purposes.

How To Treat Scars Using Coconut Oil

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You can use coconut oil twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Start by doing a patch test to see if you are allergic to the oil:

  • Apply a small amount of the product to your forearm.
  • Use a bandage to cover the area.
  • If you do not experience any irritation, redness, or inflammation within 24 hours, you can continue using it.

DIY Recipe Using Coconut Oil For Treating Scars

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  1. Heat a few tablespoons of coconut oil to ensure it is liquefied.
  2. Gently massage the oil in circular motions into the scar for at least 10 minutes. You may even add some other carrier oils or essential oils.
  3. Let the skin absorb the oil for at least sixty minutes.
  4. Repeat this process at least 2 to 4 times a day for the best results.

Pro tip: Home remedies such as coconut oil cannot be a replacement for sunscreen. Make sure to wear an SPF 30 (or higher) sunscreen every day to prevent sun damage and keep your scars from darkening.

When You Should Seek Professional Treatment

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Coconut oil is a natural product. But you still should consult your dermatologist before using it (or any other ingredient) to treat your scars at home.

Do a patch test to see if you are allergic to coconut oil. If you experience any irritation or redness, stop using immediately and seek professional help.

Possible Side Effects And Risks

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Coconut oil is generally well-tolerated among people of all age groups and in all skin types. However, some people can experience extreme reactions if they are allergic to coconuts (do a patch test first). Also, extra virgin coconut oil contains high amounts of antioxidants, such as vitamin E and may cause contact dermatitisi  XA general term that describes a common skin irritation that usually involves itchy, dry skin or a rash in response to an allergy. when applied to surgical scars (4), (5).

Infographic: Coconut Oil For Scars: Benefits And Tips To Use It

Scars can have a long-lasting effect on your confidence. While you cannot completely get rid of them, you can try a few remedies to improve their appearance. Coconut oil is now recognized as a safe and efficient method to help with managing scars and boost overall skin health. Check out the infographic below to learn more.

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Scarring is a common issue and occurs during the body’s natural healing process. Although all scars do not completely fade away, you can use natural anti-inflammatory and wound healing remedies to reduce the appearance of scars. Using coconut oil for scars is one of the most effective ways to get rid of these stubborn scars.

Coconut oil helps boost collagen production and moisturize your skin, reducing scars, and improving skin texture. It also helps improve skin issues, such as eczema, psoriasis, and hyperpigmentation. Since there is not enough research to back this claim, you may consult your dermatologist before using this oil for scar treatment. Always do a patch test before you incorporate it into your treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does coconut oil fade old scars, dark spots, and acne scars?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that coconut oil may help fade scars and dark spots as it keeps your skin moisturized and boosts collagen production to stimulate cellular turnover. However, we have not added it as a beauty tip as there is no scientific evidence to support the claim.

How long does coconut oil take to brighten skin?

Coconut oil may take at least one month to make your skin visibly brighter.

Can I use coconut oil on my skin every day?

You may use it sparingly to moisturize dry and chafed skin. Since it is a comedogenici  XA product or a drug that clogs the skin pores by blocking them and results in blackhead formation and pimples. oil, it may cause breakouts. Therefore, avoid using coconut oil if you have oily and acne-prone skin.

Can I apply coconut oil to face overnight?

No. You shouldn’t leave coconut oil on your skin overnight as it is a comedogenic ingredient and may cause breakout by clogging your pores.

Can coconut oil remove stretch marks?

While there is no scientific evidence to prove that coconut oil may remove stretch marks, it may help improve its appearance by deeply hydrating the skin and boosting collagen production.

Key Takeaways

  • Coconut oil has a hydrating and moisturizing effect on the skin and may help with early scar treatment.
  • Coconut oil forms a chemical layer over the infected body parts and protects them from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Coconut oil is generally well tolerated. However, some people may experience extreme reactions if they are allergic to coconuts.

Acne scars can make you uncomfortable but worry not because coconut oil happens to be a great natural remedy for them. Watch this video to learn more.


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  2. Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats
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  5. The effects of topical vitamin E on the cosmetic appearance of scars

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