We all want to have clear, smooth skin, especially on our faces. Over time, our faces become marred by acne, cuts, bruises, bee stings, and even mosquito bites, all of which can leave behind scars. There are many ways to get rid of scars, however, including natural remedies, surgery, and vanishing creams that can lessen the appearance of scars, change the color of scars, and help improve our skin.
Prevention is obviously the most effective path to smooth skin and to get rid of scars before they happen. But not all scars are preventable. While we can help lessen the chance of acne scars and rosacea scars with treatments, a healthy diet, and exercise, scarring can still occur. And scars from accidents or insect bites are harder to prevent. To get rid of scars before they form, treat any open wounds immediately. This includes cleaning the wound, using a type of antibiotic ointment or over-the-counter ointment, and keeping the wound covered and dry.
Pimples, stitches, scabs, and other skin blemishes should be left alone to heal. Do not pop pimples or pustules or pick at rosacea or acne areas. Leave scabs to heal naturally, but aid the healing process with an antibacterial ointment which can prevent scars from forming. The best way to get rid of scars is to begin the process before they appear, so never break, puncture, or pick at your skin so that it can heal properly.
Get rid of scars naturally
A healthy diet seems like the scapegoat for all health-related issues. But you can get rid of scars naturally with a diet that is abundant in green leafy vegetables. These types of veggies are rich in calcium, and they also improve your skin. You’ll want to increase your Vitamin C intake, which ramps up your immune system and protects your skin from pollutants. Vitamin B, especially Vitamin B3 (niacin), also improves and strengthens skin. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water, which your body uses when repairing itself, so you can get rid of scars that may be noticeable when they form.
Before you head to the dermatologist for any type of scar-removing procedure, try your luck and get rid of scars at home.
Cocoa butter: Cocoa butter is gentle enough to use on your face, but effective enough to use on any scar of any size including surgery scars and stretch marks. Gently massage the butter onto the scar twice a day, and you’ll notice a change in color (from bluish-purple to your normal skin color), a change in size (most raised scars will become smooth), and the edges of the scar will become less noticeable.
Vitamin E: Get rid of scars with the oil version of this versatile vitamin which can do wonders for your skin. Either break a capsule or use the liquid form to massage onto the scar. Vitamin E helps smooth the collagen found in the scars, and it keeps your skin moisturized and smooth.
Honey: Use raw honey to massage onto the scar, and leave the honey on for 30 minutes. Honey is used as an antibiotic, and it will lessen the appearance of white scars.
Onion: Extract of onions is used as an active ingredient in some scar creams sold in stores. Make your own by chopping onions and pressing the juice. Simply dab the juice on your scar at least twice a day.
Lemon juice: You can get rid of scars caused by acne or rosacea with a little bit of lemon juice diluted in water. Dab it on a few times a day (as long as it doesn’t irritate the skin) to help fade the coloration of scars.
Aloe vera: Aloe vera has a lot of healing properties, and it is especially useful on fresh scars and sunburns. It can help prevent some scarring from severe sunburns, and on new scars, it can prevent the scar from getting out of control in terms of color and size.
How to get rid of scars with creams
Vanishing creams, patches, and wrinkle-removing creams are marketed toward older women, but they can be used as a way to get rid of scars. Creams aimed at reducing the appearance of scars you’ve had for a while should be used for a longer period of time, sometimes up to six months. Some wrinkle-removing creams can help smooth raised or bumpy scars and reduce the lines that form around a scar. It is not recommended to mix creams or to use more than one product at a time in case your skin has a reaction to the product.
Get rid of scars with surgery, lasers, or injections
Sometimes it’s more difficult to get rid of scars, so when natural and store-bought solutions don’t work, talk to a dermatologist.
Collagen injections are often use to get rid of scars as the collagen brings atrophic scars to the same level as the skin surrounding the scar.
Hypertrophic scars are raised above the skin, and that happens when the body produces too much collagen. Get rid of scars like this with laser therapy treatments which heat up the collagen so that it can be redistributed. This method is also used for more serious keloid scars. Other laser treatments can be used to get rid of scars by removing the top layer of the skin. This stimulates the skin for new cell growth, which can then be treated to prevent noticeable scarring.
Steroid injections can also be used to get rid of scars that are keloid or hypertrophic as a long-term treatment. The steroids are injected into the scar and are not absorbed by the bloodstream.
Surgery can remove severe scarring, however, a new wound is formed when an old scar is removed. Preventative measures are used so that the new wound heals in such a way that the scarring is not noticeable or is less noticeable than the previous scar. The healing/recovery time for this method is the longest of all of the ways to get rid of scars.
Some scarring may never disappear, which is typical of severe acne or rosacea scarring. Because scarring happens on the the level of skin at which new cells are formed, that damage is everlasting (which is why prevention is key!). However, the appearance of the scarring can be minimized through a variety of products and procedures. And you can get rid of scars that are less noticeable with light makeup.