Unless you have lived in a bubble for your entire life, you have encountered a few scratches or bumps along the way. Many of us have a few scars. They may be as a result of fun outdoor activities during our childhood or some stretch marks from pregnancy, however there is one thing that all scars have in common; they just won’t seem to go away. Some people may not mind a few “battle scars”, but others would be happier if they would just disappear. This guide will show you how to get rid of / minimize scars naturally without the use of any harmful chemicals!
What is a Scar and How do They form?
A scar is defined as a mark left on the skin by a healed wound, scar, or burn. However, many of us do not fully understand how scars form.
When you have an injury, your body has to go through a few steps in order to repair the skin. The first step comes into play almost as soon as your injury occurs. Once your body realizes that it has been injured, you will probably notice swelling, redness, and pain.
Next, you will notice a scab in the injured area; this is where your new skin is forming. After your scab falls off a few days later you will notice that new light pink skin has formed.
Be sure to let your skin go through the whole healing process. Your mom was right when she used to tell you to stop picking at your scabs! If you do not allow the whole process to happen, you will put yourself at a higher risk for scarring.
Listed below are 2 things you can do to prevent scarring from happening:
- Let your injury “breathe”: you want to allow your scab to have some breathing room. If you are able to go without a bandage, you should. If you do need a bandage for more serious injures, make sure that it is well perforated, allowing air in so that your wound can breathe.
- Avoid Water: soaking an injury for too long will eventually break down the scab. Try to not expose your scab to water when taking a bath or shower, protect it with a waterproof band aid.
Natural Home Remedies for Scars
At Nature’s Aid, we’re not a fan of using chemical products on your skin, here are some remedies you can use to naturally diminish scars.
1. Lemon Juice
If you are dealing with flat scars, this is the best remedy for you. Citric acid in lemon juice acts as a gentle bleach for the skin. While it works as a bleach, the acid also promotes the formation of new skin tissue as well as elasticity.
How it’s done: Using a cotton ball, gently dab (don’t rub) the lemon juice onto the scarred area and leave it on for about 10-15 minutes. It will sting, but this just means it is working! When it is time to rinse, make sure to rinse with cool water. You will want to do this twice a day. Be sure not to stay in the sun for long periods of time, as this may irritate your skin after treatment.
2. Cucumber Mint paste
This remedy will work for both flat and raised scars. The cucumber and mint mix will help to nourish and hydrate your skin.
How it’s done: Mix mint leaves and cucumber seeds together in one bowl. In another bowl, beat one egg white until frothy. Mix the two together and apply the mixture with a cotton ball. Let the mixture set for 20 minutes, then rinse off with cool water.
Follow up these treatments with an application of our Natural Skin Gel. Powerful ingredients including aloe vera, tea tree oil, witch hazel, rosemary and Vitamin E will not only prevent infection, they will also work together to speed up healing time as well as encourage the formation of new, healthy skin so that you are less likely to be left with a scar.