Home Remedies to Get Rid of Scars

by David Friedman ; Updated July 18, 2017

Eliminate scars with natural remedies.

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Scars can be caused from a variety of skin wounds including burns, cuts or acne inflammation. Many supermarket and professional treatments for scar removal are either costly, not guaranteed to be effective or require a lot of recovery time post procedure. Look no further than your kitchen pantry to find scar remedies.

Lemon Juice

Lemons contain citric acid that is effective for scar lightening. Also, concentrated lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C content, which helps even and smooth skin tone. First, clean your skin with a mild cleanser, dip a cotton ball into lemon juice, then apply to affected area. Let it dry for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly. Perform this treatment once a day.

Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is helpful for removing scars because it does not clog pores and loosens dead skin cells. Try massaging a dime sized amount over your scars daily and let them dry. Leave the oil on the affected area overnight and rinse in the morning. This will soften your skin and lighten the scarred area.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most natural methods of microdermabrasion. It exfoliates the skin, sloughing away dead skin cells and its highly alkaline nature allows it to act as a bacteria killing agent. Mix five parts baking soda with one part water and stir until you create a paste. Massage this mixture onto scarred skin and let the paste dry for a minute. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and repeat this procedure two to three times per week.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E reduces the appearance of acne scars and helps them fade more quickly. It has powerful antioxidant properties to help remove dead skin and scar tissue cells. This can be obtained through internal daily supplements or you can apply liquid from a Vitamin E capsule topically on the scar. Rich food sources include safflower oil, almonds, hazelnuts and peanut butter.

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David Friedman began writing professionally in 2004. His work appears in the "Daily Illini" and various websites. Friedman is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and has Bachelor of Science in exercise science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.