Apply lemon to the scar. Lemons contain alpha hydroxy acids(AHA) which help to remove dead skin cells, help new cells grow, and bring back some elasticity to the skin. As a natural bleach, it can help lighten scars.
Make sure the scar and surrounding area are cleaned thoroughly
Put 1 teaspoon of lemon juice on a cotton ball
Rub the cotton ball on the scarred area
Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off
Lemon juice may make your skin sensitive to light, so consider wearing sunscreen wherever you applied it when going outside
Use honey. Raw honey can also be used to fade scars. It is a natural moisturizer, can be effective in the treatment of wounds, and stimulates tissue regeneration.
Mix 2 tbsp. of raw honey with 2 tbsp. of baking soda
Massage for 3 minutes
Place a hot washcloth over the area
When the washcloth has cooled, use it to wipe the area clean
Note: Try mixing 2 tbsp. of raw honey with 1 tbsp. of baking soda to make an exfoliating wash to help fade acne scars
Try onion extract. This is an anti-inflammatory and can inhibit the production of collagen in a scar, thereby making it less noticeable.
It is typically found in a gel that you rub onto the scar
This process is long and may take up to several months before you start to see any results.
Consider using aloe vera gel. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce skin irritations and help remove dead skin from wounds. Aloe vera may also lessen swelling, help repair damaged skin cells, and fortify new skin cells being produced.
Aloe vera can be found in many forms including gels, ointments, and lotions
Apply and massage the aloe vera directly on the scar tissue several times a day
Use Indian gooseberry. Also known as “amla,” this is a great source of vitamin C, and is most effective if applied to a newly-healed area immediately as it will go rigtht to work inhibiting the formation of scar tissue.
Amla is often found in a powder or paste. You can even make your own amla paste at home by mixing the powder with water or olive oil
Massage the paste into your skin on the affected area
Make or purchase cucumber paste. Cucumbers are cheap, easy to find, and are commonly used to make skin softer and more supple. One bonus, is that cucumbers aren’t very acidic and are very unlikely to cause skin irritations.
Make your own cucumber paste by peeling the cucumber, removing its seeds and blending it with about 4-5 mint leaves in a blender. Beat an egg white separately and then add this to your mix.
Apply the paste on the scar and leave it on for about 20 minutes
Wash it off with cool water and use a clean towel to dry the area
Practice this regularly to see the most benefits
Try tea tree oil. This powerful oil is anti-bacterial and when used properly can gradually remove scars, including acne and surgical scars. Since it’s so strong, it should be diluted with water before being applied to the skin, and should NEVER be ingested.
Add a small amount of tea tree oil to warm water to create a “soap”
Wash the affected area with the soap, then rinse and gently dry it off
You may experience some tingling or light stinging after using the oil, but that is most likely due to the anti-bacterial agents at work. If the stinging persists, you may want to stop using it and consult a dermatologist before continuing its use.
Massage olive oil over the scar. Olive oil is rich in vitamins E and K, which are great for your skin and make this an effective ally in getting your scars to fade quickly. Virgin olive oil is particularly high in anti-oxidants and has higher acidity level, which helps to lighten the scars.
Rub approximately 1 tbsp of olive oil onto your scars. Use less if the scar is small.
Massage the oil into your scars for approximately 5 minutes to help loosen up the scar tissue.
Leave the oil on your skin for roughly 10 minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth
Use silicone. You can find this either in gels or in sheets, and when applied to scar tissue, silicone has been proven effective in lightening and flattening scars.
The gel can be applied directly to the scar.
Silicone sheets can be adhered to the affected area and should stick firmly to the skin. You can also use medical tape to hold the sheets down if having difficult getting them to stay in place.
Apply alpha hydroxy acids. These are the natural fruit acids mentioned earlier, and are beneficial in removing dead skin cells. These will come in different strengths and since you’re dealing with acids, they can cause irritations. Consult with a dermatologist on the best choice for you before trying this option. Typically, you’ll find this in the form of a moisturizer that can be rubbed into the skin.
Stop scars before they strike. While you may not be able to entirely prevent scars from forming, you can take some measures to limit them.
Cover the cut with a bandage
Keep the cut moist with an antibiotic cream to avoid drying and scabbing
Apply pressure to the cut when it’s healing. This will prevent the collagen in the scar from raising up.
Massage the affected area when the new skin has grown. This will keep the skin loose and make the scar far less noticeable.
Do not expose the scar to sunlight. Ultraviolet rays impede the healing process and will discolor a scar, making it far more noticeable.
Use cosmetics to cover up stubborn scars. If you’re looking to hide scars, then here are some other things to consider:
Wash your skin with an exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells and soften the scarred area
Moisturize the affected area to keep it smooth and receptive to other products
Try using camouflage makeup that’s traditionally a little more formidable than standard cover up, and be sure to find a color that most closely matches your skin tone.
Consider applying a finishing powder to prevent the makeup from “slipping throughout the day
Other creams and things: shea butter, rosa mosquita oil (from health food stores), rubbing vitamin e oil from capsules of vitamin e that you buy at the store that you can just open, mderma, massage the around around the scar and on it to make the blood move more so it can heal itself, a mexican lotion called concha nacar which is highly recommented. The most recommended that I have seen is 100% Shea Butter and Vitamin E lotion or capsules and Maderma. Also soak a cotton ball in lemon juice then massage your cuts for 3 minutes 3 times a day. Bio oil will help as well. However, scars won’t fade over night to be honest. They will reduce and get less red or puffy or whatnot, but it will take a few months for them to reduce quite a bit and even then, they may never disappear :/ But trying any of those can at least definitely make a difference! I’m so sorry you feel like you had to self-harm, but you can get through this sweetheart. You really can. I believe in you. You just have to try. The fact that you fought so hard and make it 4-5 months is freaking amazing. That is over 100 days and that is so incredible. Just because you relapsed does NOT mean that all of that progress is gone. You still have 4-5 months of recovery behind you. Keep on fighting sweetheart.