Scars have a way of telling the stories of our lives, but sometimes those stories aren’t meant for the world to see and know. There are several different kinds of scars and treatments to prevent them, treat them, and fade them away. Scars can be unsightly and cause you to feel embarrassed or less confident about the way you look. But fortunately, there are all-natural approaches to scar treatment that are safe and effective with very few side effects.
Causes of Scars
As the outermost part of your body, your skin is responsible for protecting you from many types of damage. According to plastic and reconstructive surgery experts, scarring is part of the normal process of tissue repair and the price we pay for ‘evolutionary survival after wounding.”
These are some of the most common factors that cause scars to form:
- Sun damage
- Chicken pox
- Insect bites
Types of Scars
Hypertrophic scars are raised and typically contained within the wound site. These types of scars often fade away on their own without serious treatment. Meanwhile, keloid scars, which also have a raised appearance, are dense, thick, and often have a reddish-purplish color. Keloid scars form on the skin because too many skin cells are trying to grow at the site of injury.
Another type of scar is called an atrophic scar, which appears as a sunken area on the skin. These are most common among sufferers of acne, chickenpox, and some types of surgery. Burns cause contracture scars, which are marked by a tightening of the skin and can cause serious long-term flexibility issues.
How Skin Heals Itself
When your skin becomes damaged, its first response is to become inflamed. This is a natural part of the healing process. Inflammation helps the blood clot and naturally removes damaged skin cells from the surface.
It can take days, weeks, or even longer for new skin cells to form. Your body needs collagen to rebuild these cells and the tissues that connect them together. Collagen also strengthens new skin so that it can protect you from future damage.
Scar Prevention Tips
Of course, the best way to care for your skin is to prevent scars from forming in the first place. If you have experienced some form of skin damage, here are some tips to minimize your risk of scarring:
- Nourish burn wounds with Seagate’s Bye Bye Burns
- Soothe skin injuries with Seagate’s Cut & Wound Remedy
- Don’t scratch or pick at wounded skin
- Keep wounds moist and out of the sun
- Gently massage skin as it heals
Medical Scar Treatments
These are some of the other types of scar treatments sometimes recommended by dermatologists:
- Pressure therapy
- Steroid injections
- Plastic surgery
- Scar fade creams
- Laser treatments
- Dermal fillers
- Skin grafts
- Tissue expansion
How to Fade Scars Naturally
Many people with scars turn to skin lightening creams to fade the appearance of their scars, but you should use caution with chemical ingredients like hydroquinone, which can cause unwanted side effects. Always apply sunscreen to your scars (and of course, to the rest of your body too!) when going outside so that the scars don’t darken further and to protect the new, delicate skin. Try to gently exfoliate your scars on a regular basis to scrub away dead skin cells and make room for new, healthy skin to grow.
Natural Scar Remedies
Natural home remedies can often provide safer, easier, and more cost-effective solution to your scar woes without having to endure painful and time-consuming medical procedures. These are some of the best natural ingredients for scar treatment. For each of these treatments, dab a small amount onto the scar (or first onto a cotton ball) and massage into the affected area daily.
- Vitamin E oil
- Lemon juice
- Aloe Vera
- Rosehip oil
- Olive oil
- Onion extract
- Tea tree oil