When you consider how expensive most scar removal treatments are (both surgical and over the counter), nobody would blame you for learning how to make homemade scar removal cream.
But is it really possible, and does it even work? In this guide, we will answer both of these questions, and even give you a few simple recipes you can try to begin your quest into creating your own scar removal creams.
Do They Work?
The big question is whether homemade creams can really be as effective as their over the counter products.
The answer is: It depends. While it’s possible to make excellent moisturizing creams at home, there are a few specific ingredients that may be unique certain OTC treatments.
Often, you can’t obtain these ‘active’ ingredients on their own – but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible to treat your scars with your self made cream.
Now, with the big question out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the best homemade scar healing creams that you can easily make from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Fortunately, there’s several ‘over the counter’ ingredients that make excellent skin care creams. Ingredients such as lemon juice, rosehip seed oil, aloe vera, and tea tree oil have all been used for generations to treat skin issues – and several of these ingredients can work well together in cream form.
In fact, you could easily use any of of these ingredients by themselves, and you’ll be sure to see some improvement in the tone and complexion of the scar (with continued use).
Making A Base
First, it’s worth buying some simple vitamin E cream from your local drug store. This makes for an excellent ‘base’ cream to mix other ingredients into – which will help to enhance the power of the cream, depending on the type of scar you’d like to use it for.
What’s more, vitamin E cream by itself has been shown to reduce the visibility of scars. Another option for making a ‘base’ to your homemade scar cream is to use coconut oil.
You’d only need around 1 oz. to make a large batch, and you can add drops of various healing oils into this, and mix them together. Some good oils to try include: Lemongrass, Geranium, or Lavender oil. In fact, you could easily use all three!
How To Mix It All Together
Preparing your oils and base cream couldn’t be simpler. The best way to do it is to warm up your cream slightly (if you’re using coconut oil, it may solidify at room temperature, so a little heat helps to loosen things up). Then, simply add your oil drops into the solution, and stir it all together. Now, you have the choice of whether you’d like to use the cream whilst it still warm, or alternatively, you could put it in the fridge and give it some time to firm up.
How To Use
Most creams work like moisturizers, so it’s best to use them at the same time as your moisturizer (or as a replacement if you have a full skin care routine).
This means you should use the cream 2 to 3 times a day (once in the morning, once in the evening). This will give your skin plenty of time to absorb the ingredients throughout the day, and allows the oils to work their magic.
Overall, making your own homemade scar removal cream is an excellent idea – not only if you wish to save money, but if you also enjoy experimenting with various ingredients. Every ingredient that has been mentioned in this guide will help scars in some way, so you really can’t go wrong.
If you simply make a base, and add additional ingredients (such as lemongrass, aloe vera, or tea tree oil) you’ll be able to treat scars effectively within your own home. However, it’s important to realize that these treatments work best on mild, light scars. If you have more serious and persistent scars, you may still need to rely on more powerful treatments (such as laser skin resurfacing) if you’re going to see optimal results.
But with that said, homemade scar creams can go a long way towards regenerating, moisturizing, and healing your skin. So there’s certainly no harm in adding them to your daily skin care routine if you have scars that you’d like to heal.