Whether it is from a childhood incident, minor accident or even acne, scars happen. Though they might be a fact of life, that doesn’t mean we have to like it. Or even resign to getting used to them.
Personally, I have scars from scratching my chicken pox as a child, walking into a tree as a teenager and a very unfortunate battle with a trigger fish in Thailand. Though I am simultaneously embarrassed and proud of my fish bite scar, I’d rather not live with the others.
After some serious online digging and researching, I understand the formation of scarring more and best of all, how to reduce its appearance. Since sharing is caring, here’s what I learned and why I decided to use a homemade scar treatment instead.
How Scars Are Formed
Your dermis is a layer of skin that is deep and sensitive…kinda like what I picture my dream man to be like.
But I digress.
When you injure this layer of skin, your body will begin to produce collagen to help heal the injury. And as the wound heals, a scar is formed.
You’ve probably noticed how different your skin looks once a scar has formed. It is typically flatter and different in color to the rest of your skin. Sometimes your body under or over-produces collagen during the healing process and it is this imbalance that results in the different feeling and appearance of scars.
Of course, there are several ways you can pay to remove your scars; laser treatments, injections, dermabrasion and of course, various different scar removal creams.
While laser treatments are effective, especially for acne scars, it can be costly and require several visits. Not only that, but it can be quite painful. No thanks!
Similar to laser treatments, injections can be painful but they aren’t nearly as effective. I think I’ll pass.
Dermabrasion, on the other hand can be helpful with minor scars. Dermabrasion is a treatment that uses a brush to abrade the skin. Basically you create a new wound so a fresh layer of skin will form under the scab. It’s not surprising then that this type of treatment can leave your skin feeling raw and uncomfortable. *scrunches nose and shakes head*
Naturally Remedy Your Red
If the above descriptions didn’t turn you off enough…well…you’re stronger than I am! For me, I like to green my routine as much as possible; even when it comes to my scar tissue.
If you have wounds that are currently healing, there are a few things you can do to help reduce future scarring. Aloe vera, fenugreek, gingko biloba, tea tree essential oil and vitamin E are all potent substances that promote healing and lighten the skin – meaning stock up, sistah!
For all your other warrior wounds, here is a great homemade scar treatment cream that will reduce the appearance and leave you feeling more confident about your skin.
All you need is:
- ¼ teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- ½ teaspoon Rosewater
- 1 tablespoon Fuller’s Earth Clay
From there, you just follow these simple steps:
Step 1: In a small bowl mix together all your ingredients until they form a nice paste.
Step 2: Apply the paste to your scarred skin and let it sit for 30-60 minutes depending on how big and deep your scar is.
Step 3: Wash off the paste with lukewarm water and repeat once or twice daily until your scar has faded.
This cream is great because the Fuller’s Earth naturally decolorizes scarring while the vitamin E oil and rosewater nourish and moisturize the skin back to health. And the best part? There’s no painful lasers, injections or scraping of your skin.
It’s a simple and affordable solution to eliminating those unsightly scars so you can get back to feeling like that sexy little minx you truly are.
But before you run off to DIY, I want to hear from you! Have you tried to make your own homemade scar treatment and if so, did you have any success? Share your story in the comment section below!
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