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How to Reduce Scars: Some Effective Methods and Home Treatments

Updated on August 15, 2012
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Reduce Scars Safely and Naturally

Being left with a scar after a wound or injury can be an unpleasant reminder of a painful experience. Even milder skin trauma such as acne or chicken pox can leave behind scars for many years. In fact, the most common scars are acne scars, attacking about 60 percent of people of any age. It's perfectly natural for the skin to leave behind a scar after some sort of skin trauma, as the irritated skin and broken blood vessels repair themselves. Fortunately, many treatments have been developed over the years to help reduce scars and so here are some methods that you could try.

Always Protect Your Skin

First, always wear sunscreen when outdoors. Scars will burn easily outside if not protected safely. If you do not wear sunscreen, then the scar has the capability to become much darker than your actual complexion.

Best Treatment for Acne Scars

The main scars associated with acne are thought to be caused by picking or squeezing at the spots, because the skin pits and creates a scar. One of the most effective way to reduce scars of this nature is to buy a natural or specially formulated over-the-counter treatment. Aloe Vera gel and hydrocortisone cream are two products that go a long way towards easing the redness and itching associated with scarring of the skin.

  • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is excellent for soothing and repairing the skin, and is especially effective in reducing acne scars. Most stores will carry Aloe Vera lotion in the pharmacy section.
  • Hydrocortisone: If you choose to use a hydrocortisone lotion, do be careful. Using too much can end up damaging and thinning your skin or making your scar worse. If your acne scars are particularly severe then you should check your physician before using hydrocortisone cream.

Scar Home Treatment

Fortunately, there are many natural ways to reduce and even eliminate acne scars, and most of them are at home treatments.

  • Baking Soda: You can try a baking soda exfoliation treatment, where you use baking soda and water, mixing it into a thick paste. Wet your face and put on the mixture, leaving it on for about 30 seconds, then rinse off with warm water immediately.
  • Fruit Acid: Fruit mixes, such as lemon juice and pineapple smoothies will add natural fruit acid to your skin, making the scars less irritated and red. Fruit acids, such as ascorbic acid found in pineapples, operate like a mild microderm abrasion, sloughing the top layer of skin to encourage new skin growth.
  • Natural Oils: Give yourself a facial massage with jojoba, almond, and olive oils, on a daily basis. These oils will assist in the healing process by calming redness and inflammation. Coat the face entirely using circular motions to stimulate the circulation and encourage the removal of waste products stored underneath the skin.
  • Sea Salt: One other treatment for the healing of acne scars can be a light exfoliating lotion of dead sea salt and water. Simply rub it on, massaging in light circles around your T zone (from forehead to chin and across your cheeks). Do it right, and you will start to feel the top layer of skin rub off, creating a smooth layer of new skin cells on your face.

Most scars take about 7 months to a year to properly heal, depending on the severity, so be patient and use precaution when applying these treatments. However, using some of these methods should go a long way to helping reduce scars effectively, and safely.

Do you know any more good ways to reduce scars?

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Some very useful information. Thank you!

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      Bhavya Deshpande 5 years ago

      i knew dis n yessssssssssssssss.......... it really works great on the scars....... ive got gud results........ thank u so mch.... kindly give the tips whichz of herbs ..... also, i suffer from regular pimple problems it comes frequently .kindly suggest me the best ayurvedic (herbs) treatment.

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      Laura Schneider 5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      I love your hub! And, I love the reminder that now that I'm done moving I need to get a new aloe vera plant--my hobbies, especially making jewelry, tend to leave scars. Having my own plant right there for burns or cuts is the best! Many of your other suggestions I hadn't heard of, however. Thanks for an excellent article! Vote up, useful, etc.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada




      Many thanks to you all for stopping by to read and comment on my hub. Natural remedies are so kind to the skin and do an awesome job of reducing scars.

      Your feedback is very important to me and I appreciate your votes, thanks!


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      John Livore 5 years ago

      Superb hub mate..I have always been a firm believer of natural remedies for skin treatment.This hub provided me with some wonderful & useful information regarding the removal of body scars.Great tips on home treatment of scars..Well done & Thumps up..:)


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      Chris Achilleos 5 years ago

      Aloe Vera is useful in several ways, I have found the plant very effective when sun burned. Voted up, interesting, useful and sharing :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Louise, you did it again...thanks for the tips. Loved it.

      I am a big fan of aloe Vera juice but did not know about the gel. Thanks, voted up n sharing.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi John, thanks for your feedback. Scars will definitely heal faster if they are looked after well in the early stages. Take care :)

      Gregoriom, what a great mom you have! I really enjoy hearing stories like yours, it's an excellent testimonial that aloe vera is a powerful home remedy for reducing scars. Thanks so much for letting me know this, I appreciate it.

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      Deninson Mota 5 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

      I had an accident way back and I was left with a big scar, luckily my mom knew about the great power of Aloe and every day she used to cut a piece of Aloe and put it on my skin. Aloe made my skin grow very fast and I still got the scar, but is not as bad as we thought it was going to be. I'm really glad the way it worked out for me. If it wouldn't have been because of Aloe, I would have had a big mark on my right leg.

      Great over view. I think hubpages is full of useless information, but hub like this one is what we should be seeing.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Prasetio, good to see you my friend! Thank you for coming by to read and comment on my hub. I'm pleased that you found the information on aloe vera to be useful. Have a great day!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Ardie, I hope that some of these home treatments help to improve your daughter's scar even further. You are such an awesome hubber and I appreciate your comments very much :)

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Teaches, I'm so envious that you have your own Aloe Vera plant! It's also an inexpensive way of using this natural remedy as frequently as you like. Great comment, thanks so much!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I love herbal remedies and I found something great to reduce scars by using natural ingredients like aloe vera from this hub. Thanks for share this information with us. Good job and rated up!


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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This is wonderful information! I didn't realize there was much I could do to reduce scars :) My daughter had surgery this past year and her doc suggested we cover the scar with a bandage if she went swimming or keep it out of the sun for at least a year. Turns out the sun makes a scar darker. Its barely noticable now but I will try some of these concoctions to help reduce the scar even more!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Aloe has so many uses and the best part is, it's a natural remedy. I have a few plants that grow well outdoors and I break off a piece when needed. Enjoyed your hub topic and voted up.