Home Remedies for Removing Scars on the Face

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Facial scarring can be a result of acne and genetics. According to the American Academy of dermatology (AAD), dermatologists have realized that family history plays a big role in whether an individual develops acne scars. Other facial scars can result from accidents or surgery. For scar removal, dermabrasion methods may give some individuals an effective option; however, this method can be expensive and invasive. Experimenting with home remedies and kitchen cupboard cures may yield surprising results for minor scarring. More severe scars, however, may require the assistance of a dermatologist.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice has been used in the kitchen for both cooking and cleaning. Its naturally acidic qualities make it a perfect and potent mixture to tackle a host of tasks. You can also add lemons to your list of cosmetics to reduce the appearance of scars on your face.The natural bleaching action can lighten and fade scars and may also be a good way to dry up oily, acne prone areas on the face. Apply the juice of a lemon (not an imitation product) to the face with a cotton ball and dab lightly after regular washing. For those with sensitive skin, however, this treatment maybe too harsh.

Aloe Vera

According to the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), aloe vera has been used for approximately 6,000 years and was known by the ancient Egyptians as the “plant of immortality.” Today it is a popular ingredient in many over-the-counter skin formulations and even cosmetics. The NCCAM maintains studies have proven it to be effective for healing burns and abrasions. According to the Mayo Clinic, the dried latex from the inner lining of these leaves has also been used as an oral laxative. To use the healing properties of this plant on your face, you can purchase a plant and apply the clear gel from the leaves directly on the affected area. The plants are widely available in the garden section of home improvement stores and even some supermarkets.

Green Tea

Green tea is not just a soothing beverage, its abundance of antioxidants make it a natural cure. According to the NCCAM, green tea and its extracts, such as its component EGCG, have been used to prevent and treat a variety of cancers. In addition, green tea has also been used to boost weight loss, lower cholesterol and shield the skin from sun damage. While its effectiveness at healing scars has not been proven, it is believed that its anti-inflammatory agents make it a good remedy for reducing the appearance of scars (see Resources). Brew and sip, or apply the damp tea bags to the face daily.