How to Clear Dark Scars on My Face

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How to Clear Dark Scars on My Face
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Dark scars on the face are physical, but emotional scars as well since they make the person with them feel self-conscious and uncomfortable. They may be the result of acne, an accident, burns or other skin conditions. However, with so many treatments available, these scars don't have to remain on your face forever, or can at least be lightened and made less visible. Treatments range from home remedies to over-the-counter products to more complex medical treatments and usually require several months for a visible effect. Use one or more of these treatments.

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Things you need

  • Cotton balls, swabs or pads
  • Lemon juice
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Honey
  • Cucumber juice
  • Sour cream
  • Yoghurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Bowl and spoon
  • Coconut oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Green tea
  • Hydroxy acid cleanser
  • Vitamin E oil or capsule
  • Scar treatment or scar fading cream
  • Skin bleaching cream
  • Laser treatment
  • Microdermabrasion kit or device
  • Glycolic acid or salicyc acid peel
  • Sunscreen

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    Home Remedies

  1. 1

    Squeeze out lemon juice onto a cotton ball, pad or swab. Apply daily to scars. According to the Natural Home Remedies website, lemon juice is a natural bleach which helps lighten scars and blemishes.

  2. 2

    Apply lavender essential oil onto scars using a cotton ball or swab.

  3. 3

    Use honey several times a day for an effective home remedy for scars. It gives skin a natural glow and helps make scars less visible.

  4. 4

    Cover facial scars with cucumber juice and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.

  5. 5

    Mix 1 tbsp of sour cream, 1 tbsp of yoghurt, 1 tbsp of ground oatmeal and a few drops of lemon juice in a bowl. Apply onto face and rinse off after 10 minutes.

  6. 6

    Massage scars with fingers daily. This will help improve circulation and break up the scar tissue, speeding up the healing process. Use coconut oil for massaging scars to help lighten them. You may also use tea tree oil instead of coconut oil.

  7. 7

    Drench a cotton ball in blanched green tea and apply to scars. This is known as a natural remedy for scars.

    Over-the-Counter Treatments

  1. 1

    Wash face daily with a hydroxy acid cleanser which helps in cell regeneration. As a result, new skin cells replace damaged cells. Hydroxy acid is also available in toners, serums and lotions.

  2. 2

    Apply Vitamin E oil to scars or break open a Vitamin E capsule and apply to scars. Vitamin E is essential for healthy, glowing skin and helps vanish scars.

  3. 3

    Use scar treatment creams or scar fading creams on your scars. These over-the-counter products contain many natural ingredients such as those mentioned in the home remedies which help lighten scars. Apply these creams at least twice a day to a cleansed face and you will see improvements after several weeks.

  4. 4

    Apply skin bleaching cream which lightens dark spots on face. Such creams help lighten scars and make them disappear against the rest of your face.

    Complex Treatments

  1. 1

    Go for laser treatment. Laser treatments remove facial scars completely by breaking up scar tissue and lightening dark areas of skin. The light also helps produce new skin cells for an even tone. Note that several laser treatments may be needed.

  2. 2

    Get a microdermabrasion kit or device which makes skin look smoother and less damaged. This treatment may be done at home or professionally at a dermatologist's office, spa or beauty salon. According to doctors as stated on Real Self, microdermabrasion may not necessarily help alone without other treatments, but may help reduce the appearance of scars and smooth the surface of the skin.

  3. 3

    Treat your skin to glycolic peels or salicyc acid peels at a salon, spa or dermatologist. Just like microdermabrasion, these peels help reduce redness of skin and lighten it, making it look more smooth.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear sunscreen daily to protect scars since sun exposure may darken scars and damage skin by slowing down healing.
  • Don't pick at or scratch scars which may damage them and slow down the healing process.

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