The Best Ways to Heal Scars Naturally

The Best Ways to Heal Scars Naturally

Although some people love their scars because it makes them look tough, or so they think, most of us don’t really like the appearance of scars, especially scars on our face or other highly visible places. There are many professional cures, lotions, and creams available on the market that help to heal scars. However those are very expensive, loaded with chemicals, and often don’t give the desired result.

Does this means that your scars are a lifelong fact from now on? Absolutely not. There are a lot of all-natural home remedies that won’t cost you a fortune. Probably you already have some of the ingredients available in your house to heal scars and stretch-marks naturally.

The best time to treat scars

Treating the scar while it’s relatively new is the best option to achieve the best results. Old scars are difficult to remove completely and often require a medical approach such as surgical scar revision or laser treatments.

Keep in mind that improving scars will take some time, we’re talking about weeks here, so don’t give up after just a few days. Daily treatment and patience is a key.

1.      Vitamin E

Vitamin E oil or capsules are probably the best known remedy to heal scars or stretch-marks naturally. It stimulates the formation of collagen, which improves skin texture, strength, and flexibility.

Concentrated vitamin E oil, vitamin E lotions, or the contents of vitamin E capsules can directly be used on the affected area. Let set for a while and repeat twice a day. Make sure the wound has fully healed, as vitamin E can interfere with the healing process.

You could combine the topical use with daily internal vitamin E supplements or add more vitamin E rich foods to your diet (like almonds, hazelnuts, olive oil, and sunflower seeds) for a better effect.

2.      Pure Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera is truly a super plant as it comes to natural healing. Its gel is rich in healing nutrients and can be used on wounds as well to speed up the healing process and prevent scarring from the beginning of the wound healing process.

If you have this plant growing at home, just take a limb and scoop out the fresh healing gel. No plants at your house? No worries, you can buy pure, organic Aloe Vera gel at your local health store. Massage the gel on the affected area and let set and soak. Don’t wash the gel off, your skin will absorb it completely. Repeat 3 times a day or as often as needed.

Add vitamin E powder or oil to your gel for an extra healing boost. Vitamin E oil or capsules are often used to preserve Aloe gel. So if you’re using fresh gel you could make a batch, add some vitamin E and it will keep for weeks in your fridge. But keep in mind, if you using Aloe gel with vitamin E oil, better not apply on scars that are not fully healed. Read here more about the best uses of Aloe Vera for great and healthy skin. Aloe vera is a common medicinal herb and is useful for other ailments, not just for the skin. If you want to learn more about Aloe vera as well as other herbs, you can find more useful information in the e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs.

3.      Minty Cucumber Paste

Making a paste out of cucumbers is easy and cheap. There are also commercially cucumber lotions and paste available at your health store. Cucumbers nourish and hydrate the affected area and help to fade the scarring. They make your skin softer and suppler, and are unlikely to cause allergies or skin irritation.

To make the paste, peel and remove the cucumber seeds. Blend with a few mint leaves. Beat egg white separately and add this to the mixture. Apply the paste on the scar and let set for about 20 minutes, rinse with cool water. Apply daily as needed.

4.      Gooseberry or Amla Paste

Amla paste is an old Indian remedy to prevent scar tissue. The best effect is obtained when you use the paste on newly-healed wounds. You could buy a ready-made paste or the powder to make your own paste. Mix the powder with water or olive oil for a better effect. Massage the paste into your skin, let set for a while and rinse with cold water afterwards.

5.      Honey And Baking Soda

Honey, another wonder of nature, is used in many natural healing remedies. Apply raw honey on your scar before going to bed. Leave on overnight and you’ll start to see the difference and fading of the scar after just a few days. To avoid a sticky mess on your sheets, cover with band aid, if possible. Its moisturizing and antiseptic benefits are very effective to treat wounds, soften your skin, and stimulate the growth of new tissue.

Or use a paste of equal parts of raw honey and baking soda. Massage the paste into your skin, cover with a hot washcloth, and wipe clean when the cloth has cooled. You may also be interested to read the articles 13 ways to use honey for your health and 6 uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine.

6.      Lemon Juice

Citric acid is very effective to fade scar tissue, it works as a natural bleach, stimulates the formation of new tissue, and improves elasticity of your skin.

First of all make sure to clean the affected area. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice, twice a day, on a cotton ball and rub onto your scar. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes and rinse with cool water. Do not use this remedy when you plan to go out in the sun. Lemons make your skin sensitive to light.

7.      Tea Tree Essential Oil

Another good option for you to try is tea tree oil. Well known for its antimicrobial properties, but works wonders as well to heal skin tissue and reduce the appearance of scar tissue. There are various ways to use tea tree oil to reduce and heal scars.

Although most people dilute tea tree essential oil in a carrier oil, it can be used topically and undiluted as well. But keep in mind, it can sting and cause irritation if you have a sensitive skin. So try it on a small healthy patch of skin first. Apply the undiluted tea tree oil, once a day, on the affected area and leave for about 20-30 minutes. Safety reminder: never use tea tree oil internally!

Or add the tea tree oil to a good base oil, like coconut or olive oil, and massage the affected area 2 to 3 times a day.

Another way to use tea tree oil, is to add it to warm water and use as a soap to clean the affected area.

Read here more about various uses for tea tree essential oil, or if you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in the e-book Magical Aromatherapy. This e-book will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them

8.      Oatmeal And Yogurt Mask For Acne Scars

Combine equal parts of ground oatmeal, sour cream, and yogurt with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Blend until all ingredients are well combined and apply on your face for about 10-15 minutes. Gently rinse and pat dry. To get the most out of this remedy, apply 2-4 times a day.

9.      Nourishing Oils And Body Butters

Some base or carrier oils can be used on their own due to their nourishing and skin healing properties. Apply the oil onto the affected area and massage the scar for about 5 minutes and leave it on for another 10 minutes before wiping it off. Repeat this a few times a day. To get faster and better results, also apply the oil overnight.

Or you could add them to some of the recipes described above to boost skin healing and moisturize your skin.

  • Extra virgin olive oil: doesn’t clog pores, loosens dead skin cells, hydrates, lightens scars, rich in vitamin E and K, and softens your skin.
  • Coconut oil: protects, hydrates, soften and heals skin, its strong antioxidant properties fight free radicals that damage connective tissue and reduce the ability to regenerate.
  • Cocoa or Shea butter: promotes the healing process and soothes, hydrates, and softens scar tissue.
  • Sandalwood essential oil helps to remove scars and blemishes from your face. Apply a few drops to a base oil, milk, or rose water. Wash or massage your face with one of those mixtures, let set, and rinse with cool water.
  • Lavender essential oil can directly be used onto scar tissue to rejuvenate your skin cells and fade the scars. When you have a sensitive skin, dilute in a base oil.
  • Rosehip seed oil in combination with rose essential oil, shows great results in reducing acne scars.

Although other base oils can be used as well, those described above give the best result in terms of healing scars and improving their appearance.

A few other tips to keep in mind when trying to fade or heal scars: don’t pick at your wounds when they are healing as it will worsen the appearance of your scar. While trying one of the above mentioned remedies, try to rub your scar with ice for 15 minutes every day. Why ice? Well this will help with the swelling and promotes faster healing. But be careful not to burn your skin and always put the ice in a cloth and not directly onto your skin.

AmyThis is a guest post written by Amy Goodrich, yogi, health coach, and dedicated blogger who loves living a natural, eco-friendly, and healthy lifestyle. Visit her website and Facebook page

53 Responses to The Best Ways to Heal Scars Naturally

  1. Karen Fitzgerald says:

    I used pau d’arco lotion on a post op wound and it worked beautifully. I healed quickly and can barely see the scar. It was a skin cancer surgery and the incision was 2-3 inches. This was 2 years ago. I would need to point it out for it to be noticeable. Please provide more info on pau d’arco when you can. Thank you!

  2. Jenny says:

    For other people who want to know more about pau D’arco – there are some safety concerns regarding this product that people need to be aware of. Read more about it in the following websites: website –

    American Cancer Society –

  3. ashley says:

    surprised that helichrysum and sea buckthorn oils did not make the list?

  4. Dee Morgan says:

    Do these work on old scars too? I had spinal surgery 30 years ago that left a long, wide scar. I’ve always hates it and would love to be able to shrink it.


    • Jenny says:

      Hi Dee, good wound care helps to minimize skin scarring. I’m afraid it won’t help in your case as it’s been too long time.

    • Cj says:

      You can try using rosehip oil. I have a 6 inch, 25 year old scar on my leg that I got when I fell in a canal when I was a kid. I’ve been using rosehip oil for 7 months (I apply it twice a day) and it significantly improved the appearance of my scar. It’s still there but it looks so much better. Before I was so embarrassed by the scar I rarely wear short clothes. Now, I feel more comfortable wearing shorts and skirts. I plan on using rosehip oil until the scar almost disappears. I also add a few drops of lavender oil because I don’t like the earthy smell of rosehip oil.

  5. STEPHEN says:

    i had an injury at he right side of my chest, and it has turn into a very big scar and i can hardly take my cloths off, what should i do, moreso am that type of which my body is not injury friendly and once i had one it turns into a very big scar.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Stephen, I am not sure if your scar type is keloid scar, where there is a growth of extra scar tissue where the skin has healed after an injury. Keloids can be much larger than the original wound, and are most commonly found on the upper chest and shoulders. If it is keloid scar, there are various treatments for it, but this is something that requires medical attention and cannot be done at home. If this is the case, you need to refer to a dermatologist.

    • Carlie says:

      Hi Stephen,

      I have a scar myself that I have had for the past 5 years and nothing seemed to make it go away, until I started using “Vanish” from SkinAgain. Its a completely natural scar removal cream that works miracles! Look it up, its amazing :)

      Good luck,


  6. Joe Jacobs says:

    When ever I had a cut & I was able to reach it & if I wasn’t then I’d use a cup…I was told to “Pee” on it…..yes you read right “Pee” on it & if I wasn’t able to reach then “Pee” in a cup & reach the spot. The “Pee” really works….U should try…..

  7. neressa says:

    Hi i had goiter surgery last aug.1,2014 i am worried about my keloid scar..what can i do to dissappear it..thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Keloid scars are notoriously difficult to treat, and usually require a medical treatment by a dermatologist. Home remedies will not work on keloid scar.

      • Vanessa Euells-Fricks says:

        I just had thyroid surgery on the 29th of June looking for something to help with scaring and can you tell me what a keloid scar

        • Jenny says:

          Keloid scar is much worse than regular scar – After the skin is injured, the healing process usually leaves a flat scar that is confined to the margin of the wound. Keloids, however, extend beyond the wound site and rise above the rest of the skin and can be itchy, tender or painful to the touch. Keloids usually develop on the upper chest and shoulders. The decision to treat keloid is problematic because removing the keloid may cause the scar tissue to grow back, even larger than before. If you want to remove keloid scar, consult with a professional dermatologist. As for normal scar, try one of the suggestions in the article, such as aloe vera, tea tree oil, vitamin E oil etc. Massage gently the scar area when applying the application to increase blood circulation to the area which helps to speed up the healing process.

  8. Eunice says:

    Helo, i have some small scars in my left leg caused by bacterial infection and i hate them what would i apply for best healing.And soon on 3rd september i will be having abdominal operation and i want know which medications can help me overcome the oparation scar.

    • Jenny says:

      It’s hard to know what works best, as every person is different and results may vary between different people, but probably vitamin E, pure aloe vera gel, tea tree oil and raw honey are the most well known to reduce scars. I’ve also read that gentle massage twice a day for a few minutes can help improve blood circulation to the scar area and improve its appearance.

      • sadia says:

        Thankx Jenny for guidance. Would u plz guide me some more.? I want to ask about burn scars which are 25 years old..what can I use to fade them n where I will get it from.

        • Jenny says:

          Hi Sadia, the older the scar is, the more difficult it is to improve its appearance. I’m afraid that after such a long time you will not see improvement with the suggested treatments in the article.

  9. jessica says:

    Hei I’ve got a reli bad scar on my leg and its really embarrassing to show. I had it when I fell and its a horrible scar can this recipes work for me?? It hasn’t been that long tho say about 3 years

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Jessica, the older the scar is, the more difficult it will be to improve it’s appearance. 3 years is too long and if the scar is really bad, I’m afraid these will not bring improvement.

  10. aashik jayswal says:

    I had an injury two years ago when i was 18 after the wound healed it left a big scar on my face i tried many creams like mederma ,scarlite extra extra but non of them could reduce or remove the scar on my face
    could u suggest me how can this scar be cured

    • Jenny says:

      The sooner you treat a scar after it has formed, the better the results will be. It has already been 2 years and all the creams you’ve used didn’t help, so I don’t believe the suggestions in the article will be effective. You may want to consult with a professional dermatologist to see if there is any way to improve the scar.

  11. virginia says:

    Large scar from elbow to shoulder where excess skin was removed. Scar is one year old. What is best treatment/essential oil to use to fade?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Virginia, it’s very hard to know what will work best as everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another one. I would possibly start with vitamin E oil or aloe vera or diluted tea tree oil (start with one option and see how it goes. It can take quite a while before noticing results, especially if the scars are large. Also some people scar more than others) and accompany the application with a gentle massage twice a day for several minutes to increase blood flow to the area (do not massage deep scars until they are fully healed as you can reopen them and cause infection).

      • Angel says:

        Hi. I have a large scar on my right neck. It’s been 8 years old from now. What should I do to remove it? Thanks.

  12. nat says:

    hi i am so pleased to have come across this today! yesterday i had small surgical incisions all over my breasts for some investigative testing. i would like to use oils on these however am not sure whether it is too soon? should i wait until they heal a little or can i use oil immediately? there are no stitches, they are all about 1cm so if you could recommend an appropriate oil for this kind of thing i would be very grateful! thank you.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Nat, usually when you apply oil or other application you accompany it with a gentle massage to increase blood flow to the area which helps in the healing process. Usually with large or deep scars you need to wait until they are fully healed as the massage can reopen them and cause an infection. Although yours are small ones and without stitches, you can apply vitamin E oil or diluted tea tree oil or aloe vera but don’t massage the area. Wait until they heal a little and then accompany the application with a gentle massage. You can also use other nourishing oils and body butters as mentioned in no. 9 in the article.

  13. tejaswini kadam says:

    Hello Jenny!I have severe chicken pox scars since the last two months. My pigmentation seems to have lessened a little but it is very slow! On consulting a dermatologist I have been using Clearz ultra in the day along with the sunscreen (suncros) from ranbaxy, and Cosmelite for 30 minutes only at night. I have been using this for about 16 days now. Besides this I also use glycerin, lemon juice, rose water and potato juice as an exfoliator and massage the scars with milk cream, oats and almond powder every morning. Would a gelatin based home made vegetable or fruit face peel off mask help?

    • Jenny says:

      I don’t know much about gelatin face mask and have never used one. Looking at some references I’ve seen that it is mainly for removing dead skin cells, blackheads, minimizes the size of pores, maintains the firmness and elasticity of the skin, improves age spots and hyperpigmentation and rejuvenates the skin. According to WikiHow website it is also beneficial for acne scars and wrinkles, so I guess it worth a try. If it doesn’t improve the scars, it will probably contribute to the overall appearance of the skin.

  14. Aishwarya says:

    Hey can I use ONLY HONEY on my scars????
    Will that help????
    And can i use honey twice daily

    • Jenny says:

      As mentioned in the article, apply raw honey on your scar before going to bed and leave on overnight. To avoid a sticky mess on your sheets, cover with band aid. You can use it twice a day. As for whether it helps – every person is different and there is no one solution that fits all. Generally speaking, honey has antiseptic properties and is very effective in treating wounds and therefore can help reducing scars. You can try and see if it works for you.

  15. Aishwarya says:

    Thank you
    I will try definitely try this

  16. emily says:

    Hello everyone i would like to share my experience. I have lots of scars on my legs because whenever i feel itchy i scratch it until it becomes a scar. A LOTS OF SCAR. I cannot wear shorts or dress because of it and was completely lose my confidence.Then i tried some research on how to lessen the appereance of a scar naturally because i tried creams but suddenly it doesnt work at all just a waste of money. I tried the ingredients that i have in home. I mix cucumber, aloe vera plant(get the gel of it), lemon juice,baking soda and honey. AND IT ACTUALLY WORK. it was my 3rd day of use when i see my scars got lighter fades the dark spots. I really recommend it to you guys :)

  17. Han says:

    Hey, I have scarring from ingrown hairs on my necks, been there for about 3ー4 years! What would you suggest I do to reduce the appearance of the scars or to get rid of them?

    • Jenny says:

      For best results it is advisable to treat the scarring sooner to the time they appear, so I’m not sure if after 3-4 years you can see results. You can try some of the applications (it’s hard to know what will work best but probably if you have a darker skin there you can try aloe vera, lemon juice or vitamin E oil that help lighten the skin) for 6-8 weeks to see if you notice any improvement. If not – I don’t believe there is point to continue and you may consider going to a dermatologist for further consultation.

  18. sanjay kumar says:

    PureHealPlus* is a potent cosmetic formulation that brings together the natural power of Seaberry oil with a specially formulated silicone gel to soften, flatten and fade scars while improving skin texture and elasticity.

  19. John Wagoner says:

    I have personally verified three on the many claims made by John Armstrong regarding the healing properties of your own urine in his book The Water of Life. I have confirmed that urine makes an great wound dressing, that at least some types of wounds ( cut from knife ) do heal without scaring, and that skin treated with urine over a period of days turns very soft, like a newborn babies butt. See my book review on Amazon if you are curious. Whether established scare tissue can be effected is unknown, but you could give it try. Its a matter of keeping something like a cotton warp moist with fresh urine, and sealed and kept in place. For a wound on the end of a finger, I cut the finger off the end of a cotton glove, put it over the wound, moistened it with my fresh urine, and then slipped a finger from a latex exam glove over the finger to keep it from drying out.

  20. Reema says:

    Hi! My 6 yrs. Old daughter burned her arm 8 months back.. Using silicon bandage n applying two creams but two big scars are still there… Can I apply natural alovera gel along with her cream treatments… Or suggest any thing else ?? One thing more these scars swell when bandage is removed in night

    • Jenny says:

      Pure aloe vera get is a good option to try. Another good option is tea tree essential oil diluted in a carrier oil. As for the swelling – swelling is a normal reaction of the body to an injury, however I’m not sure why the swelling is only at night. Best to talk to a doctor if you have any concerns.

  21. Thilesh says:

    I got burnt on my arm from accidentally touching a hot barbecue lid about 4 months ago. It did heal but now my skin has a very dark patch the size of a walnut. I have dark skin but this patch looks almost chocolate brown.

  22. Carlin Chen says:

    My kids have very fair skin and scar easily. When my 6 year old needed stitches in his forehead, I was hoping that we could get that scar to lighten up. DermalMD Scar Treatment serum has drastically reduced the appearance of the scar. I can still notice it because I know it is there but others have a hard time even seeing a faint scar.

  23. Sandy K says:

    We were in an automobile accident Momday and my daughter’s face hit the dashboard leaving her with a 1″ laceration on her eyelid. She got stitches but doctor said it wasn’t deep. How soon can I start putting essential oils on it and what besides lavender should I use ? Any advice would be appreciated. Massaging it may take a while as her eye socket is really sore.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sandy, you need to be very careful when applying EO near the eye area and to make sure the EO will not penetrate the eye itself. Beside lavender you can use tea tree oil (1 drop diluted in a teaspoon of carrier oil). You can apply it a short time after the injury, but since different people react differently to EOs, if the application causes any uncomfortable feeling, rinse it. I think that for the eye area, and especially when dealing with kids that tend to rub or touch their eyes, it’s best to use other applications like aloe vera or raw honey (especially Manuka honey) which are gentler to the eye area and are also good to treat wounds.

  24. Sandy k says:

    My daughter is 23 so not a child. The cut is new the eyebrow and angles down towards the crease of the eye. Do you still think it’s best not to put the EO there? Also…. When you state that you don’t want it to penetrate the eye, are we talking that it may penetrate through the eyelid?

    • Jenny says:

      What I mean is not that the EO will penetrate through the eyelid to the eye itself, but that it can accidentally drip into the eye ball when for example young kids often tend to rub their eyes with their hand and then the EO can accidentally access the eye, but obviously your daughter is a grown up, so what I would do is apply the diluted tee tree oil with a cotton swab so you apply only a small amount on the scar to prevent it from running down into the eye itself.

  25. Christina Wernke says:

    I used DermalMD Serum in the past for my breast augmentation surgery scar in my bellybutton and it worked great. I just ordered again for my boyfriend’s gall bladder surgery scars and it has been a month since the surgery and you can barely see any of the scars. This stuff works wonders!

  26. Carol Plant says:

    Hi Jenny 10 days ago I had laser on my legs to get rid of dark freckles I had a reaction to the laser my legs became inflamed and really itchy I tried not to scratch but I did and now I have red marks and some open small wounds on my legs I am scared they will scar its both my legs from knee down. I have been to dr twice today he had to put me on steroids to stop me scratching. What should I put on them to stop scarring

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Carrol, try pure aloe vera gel or tea tree oil mixed with carrier oil. They are really good for skin problems and have antiseptic properties. You can actually mix the two of them together: take a few of drops of tea tree oil and mix with 2–3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel. Mix it well and apply this directly on the affected area. Leave it for few hours or overnight. Wash it off with water and repeat doing the same process regularly until symptoms improve.

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