How to Get Rid of Scars

No one likes to have unsightly scars. Currently, there are products you can buy aimed specifically at reducing and minimizing the appearance of scars. Results for minimizing scar appearances are best when the scars are new. Older scars may take longer to fade, if they fade at all. Even if a scar doesn't completely vanish, there are ways to lessen or conceal its appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Scar creams
  • Scar patches
  • Vitamin E
  • Cocoa butter


    • 1

      Prevent scars from forming in the first place. Keep all wounds clean so that they do not get infected. Rub a first-aid antibiotic cream or ointment on them. Rub on an over-the-counter antibiotic cream or ointment designed to help reduce scars. Do not pick at scabs when you have a wound that is healing, or you'll create a worse scar once the wound finally heals.

    • 2

      Buy some vitamin E capsules. Break open a capsule and rub vitamin E on existing scars daily. Rubbing on vitamin E helps to smooth and straighten out collagen, which is a structural protein found in scar tissue. The vitamin E within the capsule helps to keep the skin soft and moisturized.

    • 3

      Use cocoa butter on new and older scars. Regular use of cocoa butter will help your scars fade and become lighter over time. They may not vanish completely, depending on how long you've had them or how bad they are, but the cocoa butter will help.

    • 4

      Buy patches and creams that are aimed at reducing the appearance of older scars. You can find these creams in most drug stores. The time you will have to wear the patches over the scars will vary, depending on how noticeable the scar is to begin with. The creams usually have to be used for a few months or more. Some of the scar creams and patches have a money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied with the results after a certain amount of time.

    • 5

      See a doctor about surgically removing more severe scarring, such as keloid scars. Many surgical scars are permanent, but the appearance can be treated so they become lighter and smoother over time. If you have stitches, do not pick at them or try to remove them on your own. This can re-injure the area and you'll end up making the scar worse.

Tips & Warnings

  • Getting rid of scars is a gradual process. There are some scars that will never go away no matter what you do. Try not to feel too bad about having scars. They show some of the experiences that you've made it through.
  • You can purchase concealers to cover up scars. While this doesn't get rid of the scar, it can minimize and make it less noticeable if you want to cover it up for a certain occasion.
  • Keep your skin clean, moisturized and exfoliated. Healthy skin has a tendency to heal faster.
  • Do not try to remove a keloid scar on your own. Only a medical doctor should perform this procedure.
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