How to Diminish Scars in Dark Skin

Wash with African black soap and warm water to help diminish the appearance of scars.
Wash with African black soap and warm water to help diminish the appearance of scars. (Image: Jupiterimages, Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Scars are the result of a tear through the skin that doesn’t heal properly, leaving inconsistent coloring and texture to that part of the skin. If you have dark skin, dealing with your scars will require different procedures than light colored scar removal because dark skin scars appear in a different shade. The process of diminishing scars is simple enough, but you should be diligent and consistent to see effective results as quickly as possible.

Things You'll Need

  • African black soap
  • Unrefined Shea butter
  • Cotton swab
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Jar
  • Essential oil

Wash your face at least every morning with African black soap and warm water. You can use the soap just like any other soap, and you should apply it every time you want to clean your skin.

Rub a light layer of unrefined Shea butter on your skin after you use the African black soap. This butter will keep your skin soft and full of moisture, helping to achieve an even tone over your skin to make the scar blend in.

Dip a cotton swab into lemon juice and apply the juice over the scarred portion of skin. You should also blend the lemon juice along the edges of the scar into the surrounding skin.

Let the juice dry on your skin without washing it off until you have to go outside again. You should do this right before bed to get the most time out of the juice treatment, because the lemon juice should not be exposed to sunlight.

Combine 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of olive oil in a jar to make a homemade exfoliating scrub. Add a few drops of essential oil to the scrub to give it and your skin a pleasant scent.

Exfoliate your skin twice weekly with your homemade mixture to remove dull skin and help diminish the scar’s appearance. If you have rough or oily skin, you can use the scrub three times a week.

Tips & Warnings

  • Because lemon juice has lightening properties, you can add some to the exfoliating scrub to help lighten your scars to your natural skin tone.
  • Do not use any items on your skin if you have an allergy, because they will only make your skin condition worsen.

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