Scarring can be an unfortunate side effect of eczema. The reddish marks left behind be a particularly aggressive eczema outbreak can be just as distressing as a flare up and make us feel self-conscious – especially if the dark scars are on our face or arms. As hard as it is, the best thing you can do to avoid eczema scarring is to stop scratching. Scarring is caused, in part, by the repeated abrasion of scratching your eczema affected areas. With that in mind, if you do still have some scarring and you’re looking a natural way to treat it, we’ve put together a list of home eczema care remedies for you to try.
But first, we need to learn a little more about eczema scarring.
Do eczema scars go away?
It very much depends on how extensive your eczema scarring is, whether it will go away completely or not. Light scarring is likely to disappear over time, using the right products and taking steps to treat the causes of your eczema.
Sadly, if your eczema scarring is very dark and aggressive, you may only be able to lighten the scarring and then use effective cover up makeup to hide the rest. But all skin is different, even eczema prone skin, so don’t give up hope.
How to lighten eczema scars
If your eczema scarring is particularly raw or aggressive, your best bet is to try to lighten your eczema scars, rather than get rid of them.
Both aloe vera and cocoa butter can help to lighten eczema scars when used overnight every night. See below for more tips on using aloe vera and cocoa butter on eczema scarring.
Makeup meant for covering scars and blemishes will also help to hide the scarring caused by eczema.
How to get rid of dark spots from eczema
Just like lightening eczema scars, getting rid of dark spots caused by eczema will depend on your skin type and the extent of the dark spots. But the advice on using natural skin care products to help lighten dark patches of skin is the same.
How to get rid of eczema scars on black skin
The science suggests that those with black skin are more likely to develop more severe eczema than those with lighter skin. Once it clears up, it can leave behind dark patches of skin. Treating and lightening these areas naturally is the same though, for all skin types, and there are plenty of effective home cures for eczema scarring.
Home Cures for Eczema Scarring
As promised, here are some effective home remedies for soothing and minimising the appearance of eczema scars. Some may work for you whilst others may prove less effective. But since they’re all natural and many are made from ingredients you may already have in your kitchen cupboards (we think some of the best skincare ingredients from our kitchens, not our bathrooms) all the fun will be in the experimenting.
How to get rid of eczema scars naturally
Castor oil is super high in essential fatty acids (Ricinoleic, palmitic, linoleic, stearic and oleic acids) and because of that, and because it absorbs rapidly into the skin, it is also a master scar healer. It breaks down internal and external tissue damage and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. Experiment. Massage a little oil into the area of scarring for 3 or 4 minutes each evening before you go to sleep and observe.HealGel
Developed by a group of plastic surgeons to help their patients recover from surgery, HealGel combines the ingredients they found most effective for skin rejuvenation and healing. It includes silicone, which is an essential for scar prevention and skin mending.
Blue Cyprus Oil
Used by the Australian aborigines for centuries, this is an unusual essential oil with healing properties. It is also the only tree-based essential oil that is bright blue in colour and when rubbed onto scar tissue twice a day over a period of several weeks, any damage gradually dissolves. Make sure you use a carrier oil, like coconut or castor oil, to apply it.
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Apple cider vinegar
The natural astringent, antibacterial and antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar make it a great ingredient for treating not only eczema scars, but eczema flare ups as well. Apple cider vinegar can be applied directly to affected areas as a topical treatment.
For a topical treatment, mix one-part raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with one-part water and apply to affected areas. This will help reduce dryness and itchiness.
If you want to give your immune system a boost (which will ultimately lead to a reduction in skin inflammation and scarring) then mix 2 tsp of the vinegar with 2 tsp of raw honey in a glass of water. Take this 2-3 times a day.
Lemon juice can be great for lightening and brightening areas of skin that have been left red or darkened by eczema. The high vitamin C encourages your body to produce healthy new skin cells whilst the acidity works as a lightening agent.
Apply fresh lemon juice onto the affected area twice daily and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.
Alternatively, you can exfoliate the skin with a mixture of one-part lemon juice and one-part sugar. Use this remedy few times a week before going to bed.
Pure cocoa butter applied to dark scars once or twice a day has been shown to lighten dark scars and even skin tone over time. Just be sure to use it pure, rather than finding a cream or salve that contains it.
Shea Butter is a great source of Vitamins A and E as well as keratin. These help with the production of new skin cells, fading scars and generally helping achieve and even glowing complexion. Apply straight to the affected areas twice a day for the best results.
If you had eczema as a kid, there's a chance your parents stuck you in a bath full of oatmeal once or twice. Well, they were right to do so. Oatmeal not only soothes the skin, reducing the changes of accidental scratching, but is also a natural cleanser, great for reducing scars.
Just blend 2 cups of oatmeal until they are a fine powder and add to a warm bath. Soak for 30 minutes, ideally twice a day for particularly aggressive eczema and scarring.
For many people, aloe Vera is the go- to for both eczema and scar treatment. Aloe vera has proven antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Meaning it treats both the condition itself as well as lightening the red or dark scars it leaves behind.
Carry around some aloe vera gel and apply it directly to the affected areas every 3-4 hours.
It’s not just great for cooking. Packed with Vitamins A and C, when mixed with water or milk, nutmeg powder forms a thick paste that can be applied to your scars every day to both soothe the skin and reduce redness and inflammation of scars.
All honey, but Manuka in particular can help stimulate wound healing. This means your flare ups are less likely to result in scarring. It’s also great for treating any pre-existing scarring that you might have. For an effective at home salve, try mixing some manuka honey with some manuka oil (two parts honey to one part oil) and massaging directly onto your affected areas for 2-3 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Things to consider when trying home remedies
If you are going to try any of our home remedies, we would always recommend a systematic approach. Try one remedy at a time and give each one a couple of weeks to start taking effect. Just like with acne, the best spot cream for one person might not be the same for you, so persevere.
If your scarring is particularly aggressive or resilient to at home remedies and treatments, pay a visit to your doctor or dermatologist.
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