A few weeks ago I had an accident and had to get stitches on my foot (I am about as clumsy as they come). Now that the stitches are out and it’s stopped scabbing, I can start treating the scar.
In the past I would’ve used Bio-Oil, as it’s been marketed as a miracle product for scarring, stretch marks, and all other kinds of skin conditions. The problem is, it’s loaded with toxic and irritating ingredients and its “breakthrough ingredient” PurCellin isn’t even on the ingredient list. Not only is this concerning, but it’s also animal derived so this is not suitable for vegans.
Here are a few safe and natural products – as well as DIY remedies – that will help reduce scarring.
Cucumber is great for calming (and for the cliche spa look on tired eyes). It can also be effective in reducing the appearance of scars. An easy at-home recipe includes cucumber, mint and egg whites. Leave out the eggs and use a cotton swab to apply if you’re vegan.
To make the remedy, peel and remove the seeds from half a cucumber and blend with a couple mint leaves. Separately, beat an egg white and then combine with the cucumber and mint. Apply to the affected area for 15-20 minutes and repeat daily as needed.
This is also great on stretch marks, especially if you make a big batch!
Pai Skincare’s Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is a miracle worker and a great replacement for Bio-Oil. There’s not much it can’t do; it evens out complexion, brightens, moisturizes, soothes, smooths fine lines and – of course – helps scars heal and appear less noticeable.
I’ve been using this on problem areas, especially my brand new scar. I also use it on my face from time to time if I feel like there a lot of things going on and want to even things out. If you’d like to use it for stretch marks, mix it with your favorite body lotion for more coverage.
When all else fails, coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for practically anything from hair care to skin care to oil pulling and cooking.
If you don’t have time to make a DIY remedy or aren’t ready to buy a specific product, head to your local grocery store and pick up some organic, unrefined coconut oil. Rub it on your scars 2-3 times a day, letting your skin absorb the oil (no rinsing).
Organic, unrefined coconut oil is the best coconut oil for skin care because it contains all the naturally occurring phytonutrients and polyphenols – the good stuff!
What do you use on scars and stretchmarks?