If there’s one thing in the beauty world that can cause constant frustration, it’s scars. Here at LaurenConrad.com, my editors and I have debunked our biggest beauty dilemmas from chapped lips to split ends and everything in between. That’s why when a reader sent left a comment on my August editor’s letter asking how to get rid of scars, I knew I wanted to tackle the problem. Whether they’re from acne, a scraped knee or a medical procedure, scars can be troublesome to cover up and even more difficult to eliminate altogether. In this post I’ll be addressing how to avoid dark scars before they happen as well as how to deal with those pesky marks that you may already have.
First of all, it’s important to note that scars cannot vanish completely without professional treatment from a doctor or dermatologist. Topical treatments won’t make your scars completely vanish, but can help smooth and lessen their appearance. When it comes to scars, being proactive can make a huge difference during the healing process. Today I’ve put together a list of at-home remedies as well as some of my favorite scar minimizing products that you can find at your local pharmacy or department store. If you’re looking for more dramatic results, be sure to contact a professional.
Like I mentioned above, at-home scar treatments and remedies can help aid in reducing redness but will not make your scar magically disappear. Taking immediate and regular care of the affected area will lessen your chance of developing a dark scar down the road. It also helps to be super diligent about applying sunscreen to the area where the scar is forming. I always opt for natural home remedies with wholesome ingredients whenever possible. Below I’ve rounded up a few of my go-to all-natural remedies to help smooth your scar as well as reduce inflammation and redness. Tip: Be sure to gently exfoliate the area before applying product.
1. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice has been proven to be an all-natural replacement for bleach. It contains alpha hydroxy acids that are known to have healing properties as well. What you’ll need to do is squeeze fresh lemon juice onto a cotton ball. Cleanse the affected area with the cotton ball and leave the lemon juice on for about five minutes. Rinse the lemon juice off with warm water and pat your skin completely dry. Repeat this process twice daily to reduce redness.
2. Coconut Oil
What isn’t coconut oil good for these days? After all, you can cook with it and repair a plethora of beauty problems with it—including fading scars. Coconut oil stimulates collagen production in your body and is known to soften skin. Warm up a small amount of coconut oil and apply it to your scar. Be sure to massage it completely into your skin 2-3 times a day. I like to keep a jar of coconut oil in sight so that I remember to apply it as soon as it crosses my mind.
3. Rosehip Seed Oil
This recommendation may be a new one for some of you. Rosehip seed oil is full of nutrients for your skin such as vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. This scar treatment is great on both acne scars as well as fine lines. Rosehip seed oil is non-greasy, corrects dark spots and leaves your skin feeling ultra hydrated. Ultimately, by applying rosehip seed oil with your fingertips to affected areas you are helping your skin regain it’s natural color.
Be sure to repeat these natural remedies for a few weeks in order to see results. If they aren’t quite doing the trick, I recommend trying either the Kate Somerville D-Scar Scar Diminishing Serum or SkinMedica Scar Recovery Gel. You can also find over the counter scar creams at your local drugstore.
For more intense scars that go deeper than minor scrapes and acne, I recommend seeing your doctor or dermatologist. Talk to your doctor about laser scar removal, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion and professional level topical creams and ointments.
Do you have any natural remedies to help heal scars?
Let me know if you do in the comments!