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How To Fade Old and New Scars Naturally

Updated on September 7, 2014

Understanding Scars

No one is perfect. Everyone has scars. But, not everyone's skin has the ability to restore its normal skin appearance. Having body scars can be embarrassing and gives you low self-esteem. Mostly, it robs you happiness to enjoy things like swimming and wearing a dress, shorts or skirts you like.

What are Scars?

Scars are fibrous tissue that results from the biological process of wound repair in the skin or other tissues of the body. It is a part of the body's natural healing process.

There are different types of scars. These are keloids or raised scars, flat and pale, flat and dark, sunken or pitted scars. Appearances of the scars depends on the kind of injury, type or color of the skin and the skin natural response on the injury. For example, there are people with brown or dark skin may develop a flat and pale scar from injury and some may develop flat and dark scar.

How Scars can be Treated?

Some of scars heals and lightens naturally on the skin over time depends upon the severity of the scar. Although scars cannot be removed completely, there are ways to improve the appearance. Scars can be treated naturally with natural and organic products, OTC ointments and with medical or chemical interventions.

Scar treatments, especially with medical interventions are too costly. Most of the people cannot afford to engage in such a very expensive remedy. Luckily, our mother nature provides us natural remedies and there are other ways to fade scars without spending too much money.

Four Ways to Treat Old and New Scars

Tip: Remember, the best way to get rid of having old scars is to treat the new scars.

New scars are easier to treat than the old ones. The next time you get wounded, be sure to follow the four ways below in fading scars. However, if you have old scars or childhood scars, these methods are also effective in fading your old scars. Time and persistence are important in this kind of scars.

1. Keep scar moisturized.

When the top layer of the skin has been damaged, an inflammatory response and water loss occurs and will result in too much or too little collagen production. This collagen is the main structural protein of the skin that maintains skin elasticity. It is the scaffolding of the skin. Keeping the scar moisturized makes it hydrated so the skin maintains a natural healing process.

Using organic or essential oils is important. It keeps the skin hydrated, smooth and healthy. Organic or natural oils contain antioxidant properties against free radicals and vitamins and minerals necessary for maintaining healthy skin. Here are some of the best oils that could benefit in scar fading process.

Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO. This oil works wonder in the body internally and externally. Wondering why Asian especially Filipino people have a youthful appearance and skin cancer is unknown in this tropical country? Coconut oil is the main dietary uses in their cooking and it is the main ingredient in beauty products. In addition to ingesting, there are lots of benefits of using coconut oil in the body. It has an antioxidant properties, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, skin moisturizer, etc. When applied on skin, it is easily absorbed, thus providing energy to the cell to naturally heal and maintain itself.

Olive Oil (100% Extra Virgin). This oil is rich in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, which is good in healing damage skin cells. I prefer the organic or the cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.

How to Use: Depends on the size of the scar, apply the necessary amount and massage for several times a day. Continuous and persistence application of one of these oil will lighten or heal a scar in a short period of time.

These oils are available on grocery stores. Remember to pick products that are organic and not chemically processed.

2. Scar Massage

In addition to using some natural oils to keep the skin hydrated, scar massage is important in the scar healing process. Note that it is not advisable to massage the very fresh scar. Take it some time to make it dry. Massaging the scar, especially old scars, stimulates the connective tissues or the collagen to regenerate the skin and increase blood flow to the damaged skin. Gentle, straight massage, then circular motion massage on scar many times a day. Do not overdo, never put pressure on a lesion and stop if there is pain.

3. Drink Lots of Water

As I have said in the first way of fading scars, it is best to keep hydrated. Drink lots of water like 8 glasses a day.

4. Eat with the right kind and amount of food.

It has been said that "you are what you eat". Eating the right kind of food like vegetables is very beneficial to the overall wellness of our body. When we eat the right kind and amount of food, our body restore and maintain the normal state of cell internally and externally. Thus, giving the smooth and healthy skin.

© 2014 tullypap


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    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Yes indeed.

    • tullypap profile image

      tullypap 3 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Jay, thanks for that. Could you please tell us if it works on old scars?

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Don't forget Caster Oil as a scar reducer.