All forms of scars can cause great distress, especially in women and one cannot just think about keloid scars, which are the most unsightly and difficult to erase. Keloid scars are generally formed as a result of a deep wound or a surgical wound. These types of scars are raised above the skin and can also grow for several years.They are mostly formed as a result of an overgrowth of collagen fibres in the damaged area or due to excess debris that is formed around the wound, causing the collagen to form erratically. Though keloid scars cannot be entirely removed once they are formed, much can be done at home in the beginning stage to reduce its appearance and severity. They could be soft and itchy at the onset and this is the time when home remedies actually work on them.
Aloe is an excellent skin regenerating and revitalizing herb that can help the scar heal faster and also prevent excess collagen formation on the site that can lead to a keloid. As soon as the wound starts healing, apply aloe gel from the aloe plant frequently on the scar. Allow the aloe gel to remain over the scar at all times, making sure to clean the surface before each application as excess dead skin cells and other debris on the affected site will also cause irregular collagen growth that can lead to a keloid.
Aloe helps in reducing the inflammation around the area, moisturizes the skin without drying, helps in regenerating the damaged skin and also imparts a cooling action on the skin which prevents pain as well as burning on the surface. Aloe gel also acts as a barrier to bacteria and foreign bodies that can enter the wound.
Massaging the scar is a simple method to increase blood circulation to the area and this will flush out the dead skin cells and aid in faster healing and better skin regeneration process. Gently massage the area towards the heart to encourage blood flow and also to prevent water retention and swelling on the area.
Massaging also helps in breaking down the scar tissue and softening the area, thereby preventing hard is relieved as well, breaking the scar and softening the skin. A good oil like olive or coconut oil can be used for the massage to keep the skin free from dryness and to prevent dead skin accumulation as well.
Sandalwood has many skin regenerating properties and rose water is a natural toning and healing agent and these qualities make sandalwood and rosewater combination a much sought after remedy for keloid scars. Take sandalwood powder and add enough rose water to make it into a paste. Mix well and apply in the scar.
Let it remain for the entire day with frequent reapplication after cleaning the scar and wound thoroughly to prevent accumulation of debris. At night, leave a fresh coat and let it remain overnight. This will prevent as well as reduce and lighten the keloid scar. Allow a few months before you see results.
Black gram too is an excellent scar treatment remedy as it helps in lightening the scar and making it look more even with your surrounding skin tone. Mix black gram along with sandalwood powder and make it into a paste with water. Apply in the keloid and leave it on for the entire morning or overnight.
After several months of treatment, the keloid scar will be visibly reduced in appearance. This treatment works well if you use it at the onset of the scar itself as keloids have a tendency to harden and become more difficult to break down with the passage of time.
Lemon is an exfoliant and lightening agent that helps in treating keloids as well as other forms of scars. Lemon is more effective on mild forms of keloids. Take fresh lemon juice and apply on the keloid scar every day.
Wash off after twenty minutes. Lemon juice contains natural antioxidants that help the skin to regenerate and repair and the vitamin C, which is present in lemon juice helps in the healing and repairing process tremendously.
Honey heals and moisturizes the skin and is known to be a wonderful humectant. Take fresh organic honey and apply on the scar every day. As dryness can cause keliods to aggravate and become deeper, honey is an excellent agent that prevents skin dryness and keeps the skin soft and supple as well. Massage the area gently after application of honey as this will encourage blood circulation as well and prevent excess collagen growth and dead skin accumulation.
Another great home remedy for skin regenerating and keloid scar reduction is apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar along with the ‘mother’ has to be used on the scar for maximum results. Apply every day and gently massage to absorb into the skin.
Apple cider vinegar helps in preventing scar formation and is also a good healing agent of the skin. Leave it on for half an hour and apply 2-4 times daily to prevent scar formation and also to lighten the keloids that have already formed on the skin.
Baking soda acts as an abrasive agent and exfoliant that scrubs the skin of dirt and debris and flatten the scars as well. Hydrogen peroxide is a skin regenerating and repairing agent that can reduce scar formation. Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in the ratio 1:3 and apply n the scar. Reapply 3-4 times a day until the keloids fade adequately.
Lavender essential oil too has skin cell regenerating properties and prevents as well as treats keliod scars effectively. Take lavender oil and massage on the scar gently for fifteen minutes.
The skin will absorb the oil and the scars will be softened and much reduced with continued application. Lavender oil could be very strong for direct application if you have sensitive skin. Mix a few drops of lavender oil with olive oil and massage on the skin if you have sensitive skin.