As mentioned in our post about the best supplements for post-surgery healing, your body needs all the help it can get when you undergo a surgical procedure. And even when you do something smaller, like a chemical peel or a face lift, an all-natural treatment can make the difference between unsightly, stubborn scarring and fast-healing skin.
Here are some of our favorite natural scar removal remedies and treatments - straight from Mother Nature.
● Coconut oil - If you haven’t been hearing about the 500,000 uses for coconut oil, you haven’t been on the internet since 2012. Why’s everyone so fired up about it? This oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and it’s predominantly composed of medium-chain fatty acids - which have an effect similar to antioxidants in the body. Applied topically (or enjoyed with your meals), coconut oil encourages cell production and repair.
● Aloe vera - We all know about the soothing properties of this goopy green stuff. Aloe is known for its ability to speed up tissue regeneration and reduce inflammation. Want more of the good stuff? Find a bottle of aloe juice and mix it into your water or smoothies for healing from the inside out.
● Raw honey - Honey is delicious - and in its raw, unfiltered state, it’s a powerful healer. Raw honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory powers, and you can speed up tissue repair by applying it to wounds. It’s essential that you use raw honey - the stuff in that plastic bear won’t do anything but create a sticky mess. Look for raw honey at your local farmers’ market, or find raw manuka honey - one of the natural health world’s greatest loves - online.
● Cocoa and shea butter - People have been using cocoa and shea butter for thousands of years for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Cocoa butter is full of vitamin E, which is an essential vitamin for skin healing and repair. Each of these is incredibly moisturizing when applied daily, and that helps skin stay healthy.
● Vitamin E - If you want to go straight to the source, vitamin E capsules are practically liquid gold in terms of natural scar treatment. It stimulates collagen production, which helps skin cell turnover and repair. Important note: don’t use vitamin E topically until your wounds have healed, as it has blood thinning properties and can interfere with healing.
More natural skin-healing ideas?
Eat the food sources of the nutrients listed above. Vitamin-E containing foods include almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, broccoli, and sunflower seeds. Collagen-containing foods include homemade jello and homemade, slow-cooked bone broth.
These natural remedies, combined with any scar treatments your doctor recommends, will help you keep your skin healthy and unblemished.