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How to get rid of scars on legs

Updated February 21, 2017

Scars can be incredibly difficult to remove. To remove or greatly reduce the appearance of a leg scar most effectively, treat it immediately. You can treat scars in many different ways: For best results, try store-purchased products (ointments, creams and patches), herbal remedies or surgical procedures.

Apply cocoa butter, one of the most inexpensive scar remedies, to your legs. Available in a variety of different formulas, cocoa butter promotes elasticity and moisture retention in the skin. Apply cocoa butter to leg scars several times daily in a massaging motion. Repeat this process until the scars are no longer visible.

Apply Mederma gel to leg scars. Mederma, a topical gel, is highly effective at removing new and old leg scars resulting from burns, acne, surgery or injuries. Onion extract, one of the main ingredients in Mederna, acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, regulating the formation of collagen in a scar. Massage mederma on leg scars 3 or 4 times daily for up to 6 months.

Vitamin E plays a very important role in general skin care. Massage a Vitamin E--enriched lotion onto your leg scar several times a day. Continuous massage helps break down scar tissue, while Vitamin E encourages collagen production in the skin. You can purchase vitamin E in liquid form and massage it onto your skin.

Get microdermabrasion treatments. Microdermabrasion, in which you spray tiny crystals over the scarred skin area, can drastically improve most leg scarring. It's a non-surgical procedure that works on all skin types and complexions without leaving scars or skin discolouration. Skin typically recovers within 24 hours. This gentle abrasion technique removes the damaged outer layer of skin and exfoliates and rejuvenates the skin.

You can either purchase Microdermabrasion systems and kits for use in your home or receive the treatments at a doctor's office or spa. Microdermabrasion works best on superficial leg scarring.

Use silicone. Silicone, available in sheets or as a gel, is especially effective for thick leg scars. Apply the silicone gel and sheets to the affected area for a minimum of 12 hours each day. Over time, you will notice that scars have become flatter, lighter and less noticeable.

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Sarai Jeremiah is a freelance writer and graphic designer living on the East Coast, where she is currently pursuing an education in both fields. She has been writing articles and content on a variety of topics since 2006 and has contributed articles to Web sites such as Spark People.