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Say bye-bye to scars with these natural home hacks

Updated on:2 September 2021, 11:25am IST
Tired of seeking treatment and using creams to reduce scars? Try these simple and natural ways suggested by beauty care expert Shahnaz Husain.
Shahnaz Husain
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Don't let scars scar your mental peace! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The corrective care of scarred skin evoked my deep interest, not only because of the damage to the skin, but also because of the psychological problems it can cause in terms of loss of self-esteem and self confidence. Scars may be due to injuries or burns and many may need plastic or cosmetic surgery. However, the most common blemishes on the face are dark spots, scars and pits on the skin, left behind by acne.

As we know, acne not only leaves dark marks, but also tiny holes in the skin, which are difficult to remove, as they form due to the destruction of skin tissue. The pits can also give the skin a premature aged look. Sometimes, there is extra growth of scar tissue, developing into “keloids”. The result of this kind of scarring is that the skin becomes uneven and loses its smooth texture.

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Face packs made of veg peels can be handy to reduce scars. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Among the treatments for scars are laser therapy, micro dermabrasion, chemical peeling, alpha hydroxy acids, etc. However, considering the risks involved in chemical peels, I devised a “bio peeling” method called Veg Peel treatments to minimize scars. These are clinical treatments, based on dermabrasion, i.e. gently rubbing the skin with some grainy substances formulated with plant extracts. However, now it is also possible to follow these veg peel treatments at home, but for extensive scarring, several sessions of clinical treatments may be necessary. Also, if there are pimples and acne, they must be treated first. 

Home remedies may also help, but home remedies for scar removal should be carried out after the acne condition has subsided or the injury is cured. If there are only scars and pit, without any pimples, acne or rash, use a facial scrub. 

Homemade facial scrub
  • Mix rice powder with curd and a pinch of turmeric.
  • Apply this on the face and rub gently on the skin with small circular movements, especially on the areas with acne marks and pits.
  • Then leave it on for five minutes and wash off with plenty of plain water. 
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Trust fruits and other kitchen ingredients to help you fight scars. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
DIY face pack

A face pack may also be used once or twice a week.

  • Mix 3 teaspoons of oats with egg white and one teaspoon each of curd and honey. 
  • Apply on the face, avoiding the lips and area around eyes. Wash it off after half an hour.
  • Dried and powdered lemon and orange peels or ground almonds can also be added to the pack. Or, mix oats with egg white and apply on the areas with scars. Wash off after 15 minutes or when it dries. 

Sometimes, such face packs can cause dryness of the skin. For dry skin, take two teaspoons of curd, add a pinch of turmeric (haldi) and apply daily on the face, washing it off after 15 minutes. This not only softens the skin, but also lightens dark marks and scars. 

Lemon tricks

Lemon juice helps to lighten scars.

  • Mix a few drops of honey with lemon juice and apply on the scars. It can be applied with a cotton bud or even paint brush.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes and wash off with plain water.

Avoid sun exposure after applying lemon juice. If you like, you can mix one teaspoon aloe vera gel with the lemon juice. Aloe vera helps to minimize scars and also improves skin texture. In fact, aloe vera gel or juice can be applied on acne scars, as it is said to heal scar tissue. You can use aloe vera directly from the plant, or buy aloe vera gel over the counter. The gel obtained from the plant itself is the leaf pulp and is found in the inner portion of the leaves. The aloe juice is found just beneath the outer skin of the leaves. However, while using it directly on the skin at home, one should wash the plant well and observe total hygiene. 

Also Read: I used this DIY green tea toner for a month and it made my acne scars disappear 

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Papaya is a wonder fruit for skin issues. Image Courtesy : Shutterstock
Fruit mask

Fruit masks also help dark marks.

  • Mix ripe papaya pulp with grated cucumber, tomato pulp and oranges.
  • Apply the pack daily on the face and wash it off after half an hour.
  • The pack not only lightens skin colour, but also revitalizes the skin and removes dead epithelial cells.
Honey tips

Honey by itself is also said to help acne scars.

  • Apply honey on the scars and leave overnight. Wash off in the morning. 
  • You can also powder an aspirin tablet, add honey and a few drops of water.  Apply on the scars and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Moisten with water and rub gently. Then wash off.  

A word of warning! Never pick pimples or blackheads with the nails. This can cause the condition to spread and also leave scars on the skin.

Shahnaz Husain Shahnaz Husain

Shahnaz Husain is the founder, chairperson, and managing director of The Shahnaz Husain Group and is considered a pioneer in the realm of herbal beauty in India.