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 remedies for you to try.
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. If your scarring is particularly aggressive or resilient to at home remedies and treatments, pay a visit to your doctor or dermatologist.