8 Home Remedies For Scars and Stretch Marks

October 28, 2015

As chemically-induced products are now often linked to the development of cancer and other deadly diseases, more people are now trying to shift to products made from natural ingredients while most of the conservatives still prefer home remedies. That being said, a careful judgement is necessary in making decision as to what type of health concerns could be addressed at home and or should be treated by mainstream medicine. But, what about simple cosmetic concerns like scar and stretch marks? Are there home remedies for them? Fortunately, there are, but results vary from one person to another. Some home treatments work, some don’t

Identifying The Types of Scars

What type of scars do you have? 

  1. Atrophic Scars - indented scars
  2. Hypertrophic Scars -  dark and raised scars, which disappears over time, but is itchy
  3. Keloidal Scars - dark, elevated benign tumors, which are difficult to remove
  4. Stretch Marks - scarring of skin from stretching it beyond return point

Some scars somehow fade away on their own, but there are scars that leave a permanent mark like keloids and stretch marks. While keloids only appear mostly on the back, chest, ear and shoulder, they can still look bad and affect the way people dress. Stretch marks appear only mostly on the stomach, under arms, and around the hips and legs, but they can prevent people from wearing swimsuit, shorts or even tank tops. Obviously, the solution is to remove them. But at what cost? What home remedies are good for scars?

Home Remedies For Scars And How To Apply Them

  1. Cocoa or Shea Butter - this is best applied throughout the pregnancy to avoid stretch marks to develop. However, it is also a good treatment to these streaks. You need to massage cocoa or shea butter on the affected area at least twice a day to moisturize it and eventually fade the stretch marks away. 
  2. Egg Whites - another natural stretch mark remover that needs to be applied on the affected area three times a day. The protein in eggs can help revitalize the skin.
  3. Lavender Oil - can be massage directly to any scar.
  4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil - can be applied on scars twice a day. Some claim to have seen results within a week.
  5. Organic Raw Honey - choose the one with high UMF factor for higher potency. Rub this honey onto the scars at least two times a day. Honey has antibacterial components that aid wound healing and build up new skin cells. It is important to note though that using honey for this purpose is not recommended for oily skin.
  6. Castor Oil - Using food grade plastic wrap and a heating pad, massage a big quantity of this oil on your scars. Wrap the area with the plastic wrap and place a heating pad on top, turn it on to the highest setting you can tolerate. Leave it for 20-25 minutes. Do this daily and see results in a week’s time.
  7. Vitamin E - a very known antioxidant that helps ward off free radicals and rejuvenate the skin. Buy one in gel cap, puncture it and rub the oil on your scars.
  8. Vitamin K - this can be a cream you can buy from the pharmacy. You can rub this on your scar twice a day.

If these don’t work for you, you can buy commercial scar and stretch mark remover that has been tested to be effective. Look at the back label to see what ingredients it is made of. Make sure it is paraben-free. Also, look for reviews to help guide you in choosing the best product to treat your scars.

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