Natural Home Remedies to Reduce Scarring

Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after the deep layers of skin have been broken. The bod forms new fibers to repair the damage. Scars have a different texture than undamaged skin, but there are some ways to minimize the difference.

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ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

  • Dermabrasion
  • Fillers
  • Laser treatment
  • Microneedling
  • Radiotherapy
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

A healthy immune system will aid in a faster healing process, which makes scars less likely to develop. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat.  The nutrients in a wholesome diet will provide the body with healing power. The Zone is an excellent nutrition plan.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Flaxseed oil
  • Pineapple with turmeric (turmeric in moderation)

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE

  • Alcohol
  • Hydrogenated fats (trans fats)
  • Processed meats
  • Smoking

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Chamomile
  • Gotu Kola
  • Mallow

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress.  Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Carrot seed
  • Cedar wood
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Helichrysum
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Rosehip seed
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Bromelain (unless you use blood thinners)
  • Echinacea
  • Licorice
  • Vitamin D

HYDRATION

Staying hydrated is essential for wound healing. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days.  Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough?  There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients.  If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ to one ounce of water for each pound you weigh.  If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day.  Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Exercise keeps inflammation down and exercise reduces inflammation, so it’s important to stay active. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body.  Do what you can without making yourself feel worse.  Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Sleep is the time for our bodies to heal and repair. Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies.  If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

Use common sense and a little research.  Many of these treatments should be used only after the wound has closed.

  • Almond oil
  • Aloe vera, topically
  • Any oil drizzled over the wound
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baking soda paste
  • Castor oil, topically
  • Cocoa butter, topically
  • Coconut oil, topically
  • Cucumber slices
  • Emu oil
  • Honey
  • Keep the injured area out of the sun
  • Keep the wound slightly moist while healing
  • Lemon juice
  • Massage the wound
  • Onion extract
  • Sesame oil massage
  • Silicone gel sheeting
  • Use a butterfly bandage for small cuts that don’t require stitches.
  • Vitamin E, topically
  • Vitamin K cream

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupressure – https://www.o-wm.com/article/pressure-points
  • Acupuncture – https://advancedtissue.com/2017/03/can-acupuncture-aid-in-the-wound-healing-process/
  • Chinese Medicine – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4260828/
  • Earthing – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/
  • Homeopathy – https://www.drhomeo.com/homeopathic-treatment/remove-scars-naturally-homeopathy/

CAUTIONS

  • Don’t pick at scabs; healing is going on under there.
  • Scarred areas will sunburn more easily so protect them from the elements
  • Do not subject your healing wounds to a strong shower spray or vigorous rubbing.

PREVENTION

  • Wear protective clothing when working around sharp objects.

 

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