Wounds, cuts and burns damage the deep layer of your skin resulting in unsightly scars on your body. Some scars are easy to deal with by resorting to simple scar removal remedies, but a few scars take a lot of time to disappear and some scars, such as keloid scars continue to grow after the wound has healed. If you are looking for the best tips about- how to get rid of scars fast, then this article will be useful for you.
Home Remedies to Recover from Burn Scars Fast
The earlier you treat your scars, the faster they disappear. Normally scars appear as a part of natural healing process of the body. Scars caused due to burns are considered as stubborn scars since they don’t disappear quickly. The burn scars usually appear when the sun, electricity, heat, fire and chemicals cause deep damage to your skin and the underlying tissues.
Here are a few remedies to get rid of burn scars.
If you get burns, immediately treat that place with cool water (not ice water). It may worsen the wound by burning the skin tissues more if you use excessively cold water. Focus on cooling down the affected area with water to avoid skin blisters, permanent scars and marks. After soaking the burn, cover it with a sterile bandage (1, 2).
Note: Don’t use ice or excessive cold water
2. Apple cider Vinegar
Vinegar exfoliates skin. It contains vitamins that are essential for healthy skin. Take 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and dilute it. Now dip a cotton swab in this solution and rub it on scars (3).
Honey is an excellent home remedy to get rid of scars on the face. Apply fresh honey on the affected area daily to help the skin tissues recover faster without leaving scars (4). Series of experiments on laboratory animals and clinical trials, both highlighted effectiveness of honey in burn treatment because of its wound debriding, anti exudative, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, wound healing and nutritional effects and other properties (5, 6, 7).
Moreover, A Retrospective Study concluded that honey dressing sterilises wound in less time, fastens healing process and have a better results in postburn contractures and hypertropic scars in comparison to SSD dressings (8).
4. Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter because of its moisturising abilities helps evade the scars resulted due to burns (9). Take fresh cocoa butter and gently apply it on your skin. Massage the scar area for about 15 minutes and then let it dry. The scar will disappear gradually.
Cocoa butter massage therapy was given to patients with burn injures. This therapy proved very effective in reducing itching and pain caused due to burns (10).
Tomato has antioxidants that can rejuvenate the skin and quickly remove dead skin cells (11). You can either keep the tomato slice on the scar for 20 minutes or you can extract tomato juice and apply it on the scar regularly to get rid of it quickly (12).
6. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek is a good skin coolant and it also possesses anti-inflammatory properties (13). For scars caused due to burns, it works the best. Soak fenugreek seeds in water overnight and grind them to make a fine paste. Now apply this paste on the scars regularly (14).
7. Potato Peel
Potato peel heals the damaged skin cells and lightens the scars. Place potato peel on the scars to even the skin tone where scars/marks are present (15). Potato peel is an easy and low cost remedy for burn wound. It has been proved in a clinical trial that epithelial growth takes place under the potato peel dressing in outer skin burns (16).
Papaya is used in The Gambia at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Banjul in the Paediatric Unit as a major remedy for burn injury dressing (17). Papaya can restore the skin cells that are affected due to a wound and it also give you even skin tone (18). Extract papaya juice and apply it on the scars to see them slowly diminishing.
Sandalwood soothes your skin cells and also relieves you of the pain caused due to a wound. Get sandalwood powder and mix it with water to make paste. Apply it on the scar daily so that it goes off quickly (19). The main component of sandalwood, α-santalol is very beneficial for the treatment of skin problems (20).
10. Banana Peel
Like potato peel, banana peel is also a useful remedy for burn scars. In 1996, boiled banana leaves were used as a temporary dressing for outer burn injuries. These peels are mostly used for partial thickness burns. This remedy proves to be an affordable option for the treatment of burn scars (21).
Cucumber reduces skin irritations hence proves beneficial to cure scars. It has soothing effect on the skin (22). Crush a cucumber to make a fine paste and spread it on the scars. Cucumber slices are equally beneficial in overcoming the scars.
You can apply paste of tomato pulp and cucumber on face to remove scars. Keep this face mask for half an hour and then wash it with water. Use this face mask twice in a week to get expected results (23).
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Scars Caused Due to Accident, Operation and Cut
Apart from burns, accidents, operation, and cuts may also result into scars on your skin. Here are a few useful home remedies to get rid of such scars.
12. Lemon Juice
Lemon contains vitamin C, this vitamin helps in collagen synthesis which makes skin soft and smooth (24, 25).Lemon juice has acidic properties which assist in fading scars. Get one spoon of lemon juice and use a cotton ball to gently rub it on the scar. Now wash this place with cool water. Repeat this treatment twice a day and you can see scars disappearing faster.
Note – Since lemon juice makes your skin sensitive to light, use sunscreen if you step out after this treatment.
The anti inflammatory properties of onion reduces over-production of collagen in a scar. In US, onion extracts are available in form of gel which can directly be applied on scars (26). Normally, when you are hurt, the skin tends to develop redness much prior to forming scars. Keeping fresh onions on the affected area can reduce redness, thus, the chances of appearance of scars reduces significantly.
According to a randomized, controlled, single-blind study, daily application of onion gel is safe on scars as it reduces redness and softens skin. It is more beneficial to be applied on new scars as compared to control scars (27).
Also, clinical studies on surgical scars proved that 12% onion extract gel when applied three times daily on cesarean section scars reduced height and scar symptoms (28).
Note – If you feel irritation after placing onion on the affected area, stop the treatment, and wash the wound with cool water.
14. Whole Milk
According to a study, it has been proved that pure lactic acid 92% is very beneficial for treating scars, it showed improvement in pigmentation, texture and appearance of the skin. Milk is a natural exfoliant as it contains lactic acid (29, 30). That is why it is is used to get rid of scars. As soon as the wound heals, scars tend to appear. You can start applying whole milk on the scars regularly in the morning to see them vanishing faster.
The phenol components of olives acts as skin protectants (31). Olive leaves and olives also make scars disappear speedily. Extract juice from olive leaves or olives, and apply it on scars daily.
Alternatively, gently massage your skin with olive oil for about 5-10 minutes for several times a day to fade acne scars faster (32).
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Eczema Scars
Besides using apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, cocoa butter, and olive oil for removing eczema scars, you can also try the following remedies:
16. Fish Oil
Fish oil helps to reduce leukotriene B4, which is an inflammatory component that plays an important role in eczema. This oil also has essential vitamins to nourish your skin and retain its natural glow. The omega-3 fatty acids of fish oil can heal inflammatory symptoms caused due to eczema (33).
Note: Consult your doctor before consuming fish oil.
17. Baking Soda
Oat (Avena sativa) in colloidal form is a traditional remedy for many skin ailments. An investigator blind study was performed which observed many dermatological benefits of oatmeal (35). Grind two cups of oatmeal into a fine powder. Fill a bath tub with water and mix oatmeal in it. Soak your body in it for about 20 minutes to heal scars caused by eczema faster.
Yogurt contains Lactobacillus, a type of bacteria, which is used to prevent eczema (36). To get rid of scars caused due to heat and burns, apply yogurt on the affected skin daily until the wound heals. Yogurt tends to cool down the skin faster, thus, the scars may get lighter. Alternatively, mix yogurt, turmeric and barley in equal amount. Apply the paste so obtained on the affected area (37).
Herbal Remedies to Get Rid of Scars
20. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been popularly used for skin lesions (38). Tea tree oil is of great help when it comes to restoration of the actual color skin. It removes the burned tissues under your skin, thereby, make the scars appear lighter. It posses anti bacterial properties which averts skin infection like acne. Therefore, it is used in many skin care gels, oils and creams (39). Dilute tea tree oil with water and apply it several times a day.
You can also mix tea tree oil with olive oil or jojoba oil. Apply this mixture on the scars daily. After few weeks you will observe improvement in skin condition (40).
21. Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry has amazing medicinal qualities to penetrate deep inside the affected area and cure the injured skin tissues. This herb is rich in vitamin , which help in making skin soft and smooth (41, 42). Make a soft paste by grinding Indian gooseberry leaves. Apply it to get rid of scars on face.
22. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has powerful therapeutic properties that help repair the damaged skin tissues (43). Take aloe vera juice and apply it on your skin regularly. You can also rub fresh aloe vera leaf on the scarred skin (44). It is a wonderful remedy for permanent scars on legs.
Lavender oil has anti fungal properties which assists healthy skin cell formation and it is an effective remedy to treat burn scars (45). According to one study, skin massage using lavender oil reduces dry, scaly skin lesions caused due to eczema (46, 47). Get lavender oil from the drug store, or else, crush some fresh lavender leaves and apply on the scars.
24. Rosemary Oil
The anti bacterial and antiseptic properties of rosemary oil helps to reduce the appearance of scars (48). Gently massage your skin for 15 minutes with rosemary oil to remove scars.
25. Indian Lilac
Indian lilac is a great natural remedy for acne scars. A study proved that ethanol extract of this herb has potential acne inhibiting properties (49). Take Indian lilac leaves and crush them. Mix turmeric with crushed leaves and add sesame oil to it. Now apply this paste on the scars.
- Eat a diet that is rich in vitamin A and C.
- You can combine more than one scar removal treatment at a time.
- Apply petroleum jelly to keep the wound moist. It will minimise the risk of formation of scar.
- Gently massage the scar once the wound is healed. This will help reduce the size of scar by breaking up the collagen.
- Clean your skin twice a day with mild soap (50).
- Wash your hair frequently to avoid scars. If you have oily skin, wash your hair more often (51).
- Use oil-free and non-acnegenic skin products (52).
- Remove clothes if any from burnt area and if it has got stick to the skin, then leave it and take medical care ().
- When you get heat scars, avoid using ointments, ice, cream, oil spray and butter immediately over it. These products will retain the heat of your skin for a longer time, thus, scars may just get severe (54, 55).
- If your skin gets blisters due to heat burns, avoid tearing them as it may leave permanent scars on skin ().
- Although chemical peel treatment is recommended for treating scars, it is not so good for skin in the long run, so try to avoid it.
- Exposing your scars to the sunlight makes them severe, which may leave a permanent mark on your skin. Therefore, protect the scar from direct sunlight (57).
- Don’t scrub your skin harshly as it an worsen acne scar (58, 59).
- Do not blow, breath or cough on the burn (60).