Whenever your skin is injured, cut, burned, or gets damaged from a skin condition, it forms a protein called collagen to help repair the wound.
Eventually, the wound closes and your skin gets healed. However, the buildup of collagen and the repaired skin become noticeable in the form of a scar.
Even though scars are harmless and they are proof that your skin has healed, they put a dent on your physical appearance. So, your smooth and spotless face becomes not so smooth and spotless.
Today, we will be exploring ways to get rid of facial scars and get your skin back.
How do I get rid of facial scars?
The first thing you need to know is, the earlier you begin to treat a scar, the better for your skin. Older scars are way harder to get rid of than newer scars.
Here are some tips you can try out:
Massage the scarred area with natural oils
You can begin with gentle daily massages on your skin.
Massaging the affected area may help to reduce the buildup of collagen in your tissues, which can help to flatten out the scar.
Make sure you massage the scarred areas of your face for five minutes in a gentle, circular motion. Do this three to four times a day.
You can decide to do this massage yourself or meet a professional massage therapist who specializes in working with scar tissues in the skin.
Your massage is not complete without the help of natural oils. Not only do they provide moisture to your skin, they also make the massaging process easier and may help to reduce tightness in the scar. Some oils also encourage skin tissues to heal.
You can add in a few drops of coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, sweet almond oil, etc.
2. Exfoliate regularly
When it comes to skincare, this is one of the things you should do regularly.
The rule is to exfoliate your skin two to three times a week.
How does exfoliation help to get rid of the scars on your face? Exfoliating your skin helps to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This makes your skin look smoother and renewed. It can also help to make the scar on your face heal faster.
You can exfoliate the affected area with a scrub, a loofah(sponge) with soap, or a chemical exfoliant like chemical peels.
Make sure you apply a moisturizer or natural oils after exfoliating. Do not over-exfoliate your skin to prevent irritation.
To learn the right way to exfoliate without irritating your skin, read this article – The Proper Way to Exfoliate Your Skin to Avoid Irritations
3. Protect your skin from the sun
Protecting your skin from the sun alone will not get rid of the scar on your face. However, it can prevent the scars from getting worse.
It can also help with the natural fading process and prevent your scar from getting darker. It is no news that sun rays can cause skin discolouration. You want those scars to fade, not get darker and more pronounced.
So, stay away from the sun as much as you can. If you must go out, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Also, wear protective clothing like hats, caps, sunshades, etc.
4. Make use of home remedies to get rid of facial scars
There are several home remedies that can help to reduce the appearance of scars and gradually fade them until they become completely invincible.
Here are some home remedies you can try out:
a. Aloe vera
Aloe vera is one of the healing plants for the skin.
It helps to heal wounds, heal acne, repair damaged skin from sun rays, reduces skin inflammation, soothes irritation, etc. But more importantly, it can be used for scar tissue removal. It helps to speed up the healing process of scars, hydrate your skin, and reduce skin tightness.
All you need to do is scoop out the gel from the leaf and apply it to the scarred area. Leave it for 30 minutes and wash off.
b. Apple cider vinegar and honey
Thanks to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, apple cider vinegar can fade the appearance of scars on your skin until they become barely noticeable. It also helps to reduce pigmentation and even out your skin tone.
It is not advisable to use apple cider vinegar alone because of it’s high acidic content. You can mix it with water or better still, with honey.
Honey moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. It also helps to treat skincare issues like acne, dark spots, etc.
The combination of these two will help reduce the appearance of the scars on your face.
Mix a teaspoon of honey to a tablespoon of honey. Apply on your skin for five minutes and then, rinse off.
c. Vitamin C
Vitamin C can help to reduce the appearance of scars.
It helps to boost the synthesis of collagen, improves your skin’s elasticity, and aids the healing of wounds.
The best part is it helps to fight pigmentation. So, it clears off the discoloration and evens out your skin tone.
The good thing with Vitamin C is that you can eat your vitamin C and also apply it on your skin. So, eat more foods that contain Vitamin C. Don’t forget your citrus fruits. You can your Vitamin C on your skin, for example, lemon, lime, etc.
You can not only prevent a facial scar, but you can also heal them if they ever occur.
Just follow the tips I gave in this article. Also, if you have any questions, leave a comment and I will answer.