When there is a wound on the skin (lesions, cuts, burns), the body will produce special tissue to heal the wound. The skin that is healed is called a scar. Scars not only damage the skin surface but also make people feel guilty and self-deprecating in life. I will share with you how to solve this problem with the help of five oils.
How do scars form?
The wound healing process takes place through three stages: the inflammatory phase, the proliferation stage, and the reproductive stage (repair) of the organ. These three stages usually occur in 3-6 months. Any disorder that occurs at any stage of the scarring process affects the normal course of life as well as the quality of the scar.
What are the Abnormal Scars?
A scar is thought to be normal when the scar is flat across the surrounding healthy skin, pinkish in color, slightly glossy, soft, no pulling around the skin, without any symptoms in place. Abnormal scars are distinctive in the structures, characteristics and they are usually a concern.
1) Concave scars
Also known as pitted scars, which usually appear after acne and infected skin lesions associated with yellow Staphylococcus or smallpox. This type of scars usually do not cause local symptoms such as pain, itching or scuffing, but it does have a significant impact on the aesthetic of the skin, sometimes producing scars and cavities. Dirt and bacteria are very susceptible to causing inflammatory infections.
2) Stretch marks
Stretch marks are the most common form of this scar. Flexible scars can appear at completely normal skin areas (no previous skin lesions). The formation of dilated scars is thought to be the result of excessive stretching for a short time, such as pregnancy, hyper – excessive weight loss.
3) Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars
Keloids are exceptionally large scars that grow bigger than the size of the original wound. Keloid is caused by excessive accumulation of collagen in the mesoderm, the middle layer of the skin. Although considered benign, keloidal scars sometimes may cause symptoms such as pain or itchiness.
Hypertrophic scars are also due to an imbalance between the two processes of collagen synthesis and decomposition. However, hypertrophic scars commonly do not exceed the original wound.
Secondary infections are the main reason for hypertrophic scars and keloids. Keloids need careful examination by a dermatologist. You should not try to remove keloid scars by any methods without consultation.
So, here is how to remove scars with oils at home
#1 Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has many benefits. Apply this simple recipe 2-4 times a day to achieve the best results in removing scars.
How to Use Coconut Oil for Scars?
- After properly cleansing the skin, use a cotton wool drenched with coconut oil to swab around the scar area.
- Massage gently for 15-20 minutes to nourish deeply into the skin and the oil could fill in the pore scars.
- Rinse the entire skin with clean water.
The fatty acid content of coconut oil has an excellent antioxidant effect, which is effective in stimulating collagen production and effectively filling spots. In particular, the antioxidants in coconut oil reduce the time spent on healing scars and prevent the formation of new scars.
#2 Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon has antimicrobial properties. In addition, it contains antioxidants that help brighten the skin to fill up the pitted scars. Acidity in lemon stimulates the formation of strong bonds between collagen and the elastic fibers, resulting in a smooth and brighter complexion. Therefore, lemon is the top notch for treating acne.
How to Use Lemon Essential Oil for Scars?
- Before going to sleep, wash your skin and apply some lemon oil around the scarred area.
- Gently massage for 20-30 minutes so that lemon essential oil particles could soak into the skin.
- Cleanse the face with lukewarm water. You can do it in the evening before going to bed.
Lemon essential oil is only effective for new concave scars and should be used for three weeks, 3-4 times a week to help quickly remove scarring.
#3 Tea Tree Oil
Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil is rich in cineole, a highly active antimicrobial which prevents infection in the skin. Therefore, tea tree oil is utilized in preventing acne scars.
How to Use Tea Tree Oil for Scars?
- Apply 1/2 teaspoon of pure melaleuca oil around the area of the scars and massage continuously for 1-2 minutes so that the tea tree essence quickly penetrates deeply into the skin.
- Relax for 10-15 minutes and let the oil seep into the skin.
- Rinse the skin with cold water, dry it with a towel, and apply regenerative cream to soften the concave scars.
Repeat 2-5 times per week.
#4 Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oils are the “pharmacist” essential oils for fading scars and regaining bright pink skin. In addition, lavender essential oil strengthens the regeneration process from the inner layers of the skin, resulting in unexpected skin structure changes.
How to use Lavender Essential Oil for Scars?
- Take a hot bath to help expand the pores, which allows your skin to absorb the lavender oil easier. After that, pat dry your body with a soft towel
- Put 1-2 drops of essential oil into the palm of your hands and gently massage your scarred areas for 15-20 minutes.
- Leave the layer of lavender oil on your skin while sleeping and wash it away the next morning.
Repeat every two days. You can also apply body or facial mask to treat dented scars with lavender essential oil.
#5 Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that stimulate the growth of new cells. Furthermore, olive oil has potent anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that will speed up the healing process. Therefore, olive oil is the first choice to remove scars from acne and minor burns.
How to use Olive Oil for Scars?
- Warm up olive oil using your fingers, then gently massage in a circular motion around the scar area for 4 – 5 minutes and then clean it with a soft towel.
- Repeat several times then leave olive oil on the skin for 15 minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water.
- You could use rose essential oil as a moisturizer to regenerate and strengthen the skin
You should do it regularly every night before going to bed until the scars fade away and disappear completely.
Note: Permanent scars have a wide area and deep cavities that cannot be dimmed by the application of these methods.
Finally, you should consult your doctor before using any essential oil for scars because of the risk of allergy. However, essential oils for scars removal are one of the most economical and effective methods available. Remember that you can prevent scars by the diligent care of the wound and a sufficient intake of vitamin C and zinc.
My name is Paula Rosa. I have been working as a rehabilitation nurse for three years at the Community Hospital of Long Beach, CA. My work focuses on psychiatric nursing and helping patients cope with other chronic health conditions. Currently, I am freelance writing for the health and wellness category of many websites while also working as a global health volunteer in other countries. Also, I am an enthusiast of natural remedies for healthcare and beauty.