They say, “Put your best face forward” but the problem is, we only have one face, and if it’s not our best face, we have to put it out there any way. There are plenty of reasons why we may stand in the mirror and not be happy with what we see, but if one of them is facial scars, you don’t have to be miserable forever. There are plenty of treatments available ranging in prices and effectiveness that most people can try.
If you have minor facial scars there are plenty of natural home remedies worth experimenting with. First and foremost, look to your own diet. By eating the right foods and drinking plenty of water you can actually strengthen your own body’s ability to renew itself, particularly when you eat foods that are full of vitamins and protein.
Outside of your intake there are a few other food related options that anyone can attempt.
Lemon – Using lemon juice to massage scars can help diminish them. Apply lemon juice to the scars and let it sit for a while before washing it away.
Tomatoes – It’s possible to utilize the Vitamin A in tomatoes to help reduce scarring. Rubbing scars with slices of tomatoes and washing it off soon after may also improve elasticity.
Honey – A honey facial is another popular remedy. Washing your face first with warm water will help open pores and then apply the honey to affected areas. This option can also make the skin look more youthful.
Eggs –Egg whites are surprisingly great for skin. They have natural healing properties and when applied to the face can help lighten scars.
Baking Soda – It’s good for controlling refrigerator odors, but it can also help with facial scars. In addition to helping with scarring, baking soda is also great for unclogging pores and fighting acne.
If traditional home remedies have failed to make an impact, there are several scar removal creams on the market. Scar creams are created exclusively for the purpose of addressing facial scars and have active ingredients natural remedies do not.
Creams can help improve natural skin functions, respiration and collagen regulation while also inhibiting the growth certain bacteria. Some skin creams can also help reinvigorate new cell growth, and inter-cellular signaling. There are many creams to choose from made from a number of different formulas (many include silicone). Talk to a dermatologist before selecting one because they may be able to give you insight into the nature of your scars. They can help you choose the treatment with the ingredients that will bring you the most success. Also ask a doctor for brand recommendations, as with anything else, if the claims seem too good to be true, they just may be.
Thanks to developments in technology laser scar removal is also an option for many. However not everyone is a good candidate, certain skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and cystic acne may preclude you from this method. There are a number of different kinds of laser treatments but primarily the approach comes in one of 2 different ways. Some lasers can eliminate the top layer of skin revealing a more natural looking layer beneath. Other kinds of lasers may affect lower layers of skin to stimulate new collagen growth. This process often makes use of anesthesia and can take over an hour for the entire procedure. Laser scar removal can be effective for all kind of scars including small holes, depressed or uneven areas and raised scars. If other treatments have been in-effective laser removal, though costly, may be the most promising technique.
There’s no reason to suffer a lifetime with facial scars of any kind. First attempt the simple home remedies and then seek professional help. Whether it’s a prescription or over the counter cream, microdermabrasion, or laser scar removal, scientific advancements have made it possible for almost anyone to find relief from unwanted scarring.
Lauren writes for Syprex a developer of scar reduction cream. Lauren has been writing for several years as a blogger and freelance writer.