My scars are the bane of my existence, especially since they are really obvious.
In August 2015, I thought I had several mosquito bites and started to itch them vigorously. I couldn't help myself. The inflammation was extremely pronounced, and I began to think I had an allergic reaction instead of bug bites. I suspected it was from the medications I was taking for an ailment, but I wasn't sure. I took a trip to my dermatologist and the visit turned out to be futile; she was completely useless. She didn't try to tell me what it was or could be. She just wrote several prescriptions, including bleaching cream, and waved goodbye. I used the creams twice a day for a month, but my scars weren't fading. I decided to contact my allergist and he was way more patient and helpful.
After his assessment of my scars, we decided that I had an allergic reaction to said ailment medications. It was hives. I was taking two different pills simultaneously, and I wasn't supposed to do that. As a result, my liver did a dance which triggered my hives. My allergist also prescribed the same creams *rolls eyes*. Eventually, I gave up on trying to remove the scars until one day in June 2016.
My girlfriends and I had a champagne fest (picnic) in the park, and one of them is a skincare specialist. She noticed my scars, and I asked her what I should use to remove them. She recommended I exfoliate the areas at least twice a week (don't be too aggressive when scrubbing the areas) and follow up with a rich body oil. She suggested avocado oil or jojoba oil.
I put my thinking cap on and tried to figure out what I already had in my home for a scrub, and I came up with honey and brown sugar. I decided I would follow up with Shea butter for added moisture. Skincare gurus say consistency is half the bottle, so I'm still using a few DIY solutions.
Honey & Brown Sugar ScrubAfter taking a shower, I spread the honey and brown sugar mixture on the scars and rub gently for a few minutes. I leave the mixture on my skin for about five to ten minutes, and then I wipe it off with a cold washcloth. To complete my treatment, I apply Shea butter on the areas of concern.
Honey is #goals for the skin. It's known to be a great scar fader, and I am looking forward to being a testament. It helps reduce the appearance of scars and increases healing and tissue regeneration because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds. It can also nourish, cleanse and hydrate your skin. Win, win!
Brown Sugar is Better
Brown sugar is a natural skin exfoliator and helps with skin cell turnover, so that healthy glowing skin can push through. Exfoliators help give you a natural highlight effect, so you can glow-up without any added makeup. The grains of brown sugar are smaller than granulated sugar or salt, which means it's perfect for delicate and sensitive areas like the face. Basically, brown sugar is #boss. It contains glycolic acid (alpha hydroxyl acid), which fights bacteria, breaks down dead skin cells and removes them. Glycolic acid is a major key for keeping skin looking younger and fresher. As an added bonus, the sweetener also acts as a natural moisturizer, conditioner and helps keep acne away.Scrub ingredients/approximate measurements:
- 2-3 tablespoons of honey
- 1-2 tablespoon(s) of brown sugar
Shea Butter and Lemon Cream
Another recipe I'm trying out is Shea butter teamed with fresh lemon juice. Combine two tablespoons of Shea butter with one tablespoon of lemon juice in a shallow bowl or cup, mix well and rub the mixture on the scars. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash it off with water.
Shea butter is ideal for initiating the healing process and diminishing the appearance of scars because of its reparative ingredients. One of its principle antioxidants that make it ideal for getting rid of scars is Vitamin E. It also includes the powerful anti-inflammatory agent Vitamin A. Shea butter provides skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients that heal, moisturize and rejuvenate skin cells. So, if you wanted, you could use Shea butter on your scars twice a day as the only treatment. Over a period of time, you should begin to see a gradual disappearance of your scars.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and citric acid, so they are a natural brightening agent for your skin, when used over time. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is great at boosting collagen production, which means it can help lighten dark spots, even your skin tone and maintain skin elasticity. Just avoid being in the sun when using lemons on your skin. Or, use a high SPF sunscreen when you must be outside because lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to sunburn. This is why I apply this mixture at bedtime. Lemons also come to the rescue for many other skin situations like acne and excess sebum production (oily skin). Dilute lemon juice with water if it irritates your skin.
Cream ingredients/approximate measurements:
- 2-3 tablespoons of shea butter
- 1-2 tablespoon(s) of lemon juice
There are plenty of other natural ingredients that can be used to effectively remove scars. These are some of my preferred remedies since I already have the ingredients in my house.
If you have preferred natural treatments for removing scars, please share!