7 Easy Ways to Make Scars Look Better [Skincare Tips]

Tired of looking at your scars every day? Wish you could hide them? Here are seven easy fixes to improve the appearance of scars anywhere on the body. Some people have scars from acne or childhood chickenpox. Some scars are the result of burns. Others form as a result of the skin healing from a cut or an injury. It’s common to have at least a few scars somewhere on the body, but for some people, even small scars can make them feel self-conscious.

Skincare Tips: 7 Easy Ways to Make Scars Look Better

Scars can be puffy, flat, shiny, or darker than your normal skin tone. Luckily, there are some topical remedies that you can apply to make them less visible. Tired of looking at your scars every day? Here are seven easy fixes to improve the appearance of scars anywhere on the body.   

1. Vitamin E

When applied to hair, vitamin E can be quite powerful. It’s a natural antioxidant that has excellent moisturizing benefits. You can even use it to heal dry, brittle, and cracked fingernails.

And it’s perfectly natural and safe for use on the skin.

If you have scars, pick up a bottle of vitamin E capsules. Open the capsule to release the oil inside, and massage it on and around your scar for about ten minutes. Let it sit for 20 minutes or so, then rinse it off with warm water.

Doing this three times a day can drastically reduce the look of old scars.

2. Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is high in fat, which makes it easy to absorb into the skin. Women have been using it for decades to remove stretch marks after pregnancy, and it works the same way on scars.

Not only does cocoa butter smell incredible, but it’s a good at-home scar remedy if you’re trying to cover a large scar. Just scoop out as much or as little as you need and apply it directly to the skin as you would any regular moisturizer.

Cocoa butter won’t remove scars, but it can improve their appearance by adding a generous amount of moisture into the skin.  

3. Aloe Vera

If you like to cook, it’s always a good idea to have an aloe vera plant in your kitchen. Aloe vera is one of the most effective ways to heal and calm the skin after it’s been burned. Many people keep a plant nearby the stove to remedy burns from cooking and splashing grease.

But that’s not all it’s good for. Aloe vera is also effective at minimizing scars.

All you need to do is break off a leaf from an aloe vera plant, snap the end off, or remove the outer skin from one side of the leaf. Inside you’ll find a pale green gel — that’s the actual aloe vera gel. Scoop it out and apply it to your scar in small circular motions.

Let it sit for about a half-hour, then rinse it off. For the best results, do this twice a day.

Aloe vera is also good at fighting inflammation, making it ideal for use on raised, puffy scars.

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great way to moisturize the skin, and it can reduce the appearance of scars if you use it on a scar that’s just starting to form.

There’s another big reason why coconut oil is so effective:

It helps to boost collagen production.

Collagen contains amino acids that can minimize scars, acne spots, and all sorts of other skin issues. It helps to produce healthy tissue, and those healthy tissues help the skin to repair itself.   

5. Cucumber Mask

Cucumbers aren’t just a tasty addition to a salad — they also have antioxidants and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Both of these can help to minimize the appearance of scars.

If you’re suffering from acne scars, you can whip up a quick at-home cucumber mask with just two simple ingredients: cucumber and yogurt.

Peel and puree a cucumber and mix it with a tablespoon of Greek yogurt. Smooth it over your scars, let it sit for about ten minutes, and then rinse it off with water.   

6. Vitamin K Serum

Vitamin K, which is prevalent in kale, collards, romaine lettuce, and other leafy greens, is necessary to prevent blood clotting. And when it comes to scars, that’s important.

Why? Because clotting helps to heal wounds.

The faster your wounds heal, the smaller and less noticeable your scars will be. You can take preventative measures against scarring by incorporating more leafy greens into your diet.

If you already have scars, a vitamin K serum is a quick and easy way to soothe them, as well as stretch marks, bruises, and dark circles under the eyes!

7. Lavender Oil

Like coconut oil, lavender oil helps to boost collagen, which can help to heal and soothe scars from acne and burns. Just add two or three drops onto your scar each day and rub it in. You should see some improvement!

You can also combine lavender oil with olive oil for an even more powerful effect. Just mix three drops of lavender oil with three tablespoons of EVOO and massage it onto your scars. Let it sit for about thirty minutes, then rinse it off with warm water.

Other Natural Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Scars

There are all sorts of natural products and ingredients that you can use topically to make your scars look less visible. In addition to the remedies detailed above, you can also try:

● Rosehip seed oil mixed with frankincense oil

● A freshly sliced potato

● A paste made of baking soda and distilled water

● Apple cider vinegar diluted with water

● Fresh lemon juice

Keep in mind, none of these remedies will make your scars disappear forever. But they can drastically minimize their appearance!

There are ways to get rid of scars permanently. Techniques like microneedling, laser resurfacing, steroid injections, and dermabrasion can all be quite effective. 

But before you turn to a physician, surgeon, or aesthetician, it’s best to try using a non-invasive topical remedy.

Natural products, such as vitamin E, aloe vera, and vitamin K are inexpensive, effective, and easy to use. If you’re tired of looking at your scars, we recommend using something natural before opting for a more invasive solution.

Author Bio: Caitlin Sinclair is the property manager at The Eleanor, an apartment community in Milpitas, CA.

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