Fibrous tissue, or scar tissue, is your body’s attempt to repair what has been damaged. It’s a natural part of healing that takes a lot of time and patience. However, there is something you can try to do to help the process and improve the appearance of scarred tissue.
We at Bright Side have found these 10 useful tips for those of you who would rather forget about bike accidents, clumsy shaving experiences, or painful surgeries and would like to make those reminders on their bodies fade away.
According to studies, Vaseline proved to be quite an effective and reliable remedy in comparison with expensive creams and serums. Applied 3 times daily for 1 to 3 weeks, this ointment helps you keep your skin hydrated, so scarred skin appears less dry and rough.
- atrophic scars, left over chicken pox, and acne;
- stretch marks.
9. Pure Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera has been used for centuries for its amazing therapeutic properties. Aloe Vera leaves contain a gel-like substance that promotes the skin regeneration process and has an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effect on damaged skin. Apply Aloe Vera gel (just scoop it out of a leaf) directly on the scar, massaging in circular motions. Leave on for 30 minutes and wash it off. Apply twice a day and be consistent.
- cesarean and other postsurgical scars.
If you have hypertrophic scars and keloids, you can also try some special bandages like silicone sheeting pads or self-drying silicone gel. Silicone-containing remedies increase hydration and protect scarred skin from bacteria. As a result, scarred tissue appears flatter and softer. You can start using silicone sheets 2 weeks after your wound has healed (12–24 hours a day for at least 2 months). Silicone gel should be applied twice a day until noticeable results are achieved.
- hypertrophic scars;
7. Essential oils (sandalwood oil and lavender oil)
Essential oils in general promote collagen synthesis and carry antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and healing properties. Sandalwood and lavender essential oils, in particular, can support the healing and regenerative processes if used regularly. Try massaging essential oils into your scar and notice how it gradually becomes less noticeable.
- all types of scars.
Another great and affordable way to help your scarred skin heal faster is to try to massage the area with lotion. If you gently massage the scar for 15-30 seconds a few times a day, it’ll help break down the dense bands of collagen that attach to underlying tissue.
- keloid scars;
- cesarean scars and other surgical scars.
If you want to help your scarred skin heal, never expose it to aggressive ultraviolet rays. They slow the regenerative process and “help” your cells produce pigment, causing dark spots and discoloration. Always use your favorite sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
- all kinds of scars and especially acne scars.