|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on April 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM|
If you have unsightly scars that you want to get rid of, you may have considered buying a commercial scar cream—then taken one look at the price tag and changed your mind. Surgery would be far more expensive, of course. So what do you do? How about trying to make your own scar-reducing ointment? Here’s how you can make and use your own homemade scar removal cream:
Choosing the Ingredients
The effectiveness of your homemade scar removal cream will depend on the ingredients you use. Scar-fighting essential oils are often good choices for the primary active ingredient. Exfoliants like alpha hydroxy acid and benzoyl peroxide improve the rate at which skin is replaced, which may speed up the reduction of scars. Finally, you’ll want to include a moisturizer to make sure your formula is gentle and leaves the skin feeling pleasant.
If you choose to use the exfoliants mentioned above, you should be able to find them (and the other ingredients you need) online or in your local health store. Mix them in at a low concentration: each exfoliant should make up no more than 1/10th of your recipe. One part in twenty is a better amount to start with.
Next, choose your essential oils and moisturizers. One highly recommended coupling is shea butter and frankincense. Shea butter is an excellent moisturizer and believed to be good for fighting scars, and it appears in many of those expensive commercial creams; frankincense is a powerful essential oil that has been used in scar removal for centuries.
Combine ½ cup melted shea butter, up to thirty drops of frankincense oil, and ½ to 1 teaspoon each of one or two exfoliants. Stir, pour into a jar, seal tightly and refrigerate.
While homemade scar removal creams are generally considered safe, they still pose certain dangers. Do not use these creams near the eyes, as the ingredients may cause eye damage. If you are pregnant or nursing, talk to a doctor before using any kind of medication or treatment, even an all-natural homemade one.
How to Apply Homemade Scar Cream
If your skin cream is too hard or cold to use after refrigeration, briefly microwave it in order to achieve a softer consistency. Next, apply it directly to the scar, gently rubbing it into the skin. Apply two or three times a day, every day, until the scar fades. It may take a couple of months for the scar to become noticeably less visible, so be patient. If you don’t notice a difference after several months of daily use, you may want to consider using different active ingredients.
Feel free to experiment with this formula by varying the ingredients used. Be sure to research new ingredients in depth for safety, concentration levels, and effectiveness before using them. Soon, you’ll have a homemade scar removal cream that’s just as effective as the brand-name products.