The 8 Best Essential Oils for Scar Treatment
Scars are something that we all deal with. Whether you have dark, discolored spots from an old skin rash or a large white line from a cut, or even raised marks on your skin from a burn or some other injury, you know that having scars is bothersome.
Depending on where your scars are, they can also dramatically alter the way that you look. Scars are typically permanent, but according to WebMD, with treatment, some people have found that scars become less noticeable or disappear over time.
While some people opt for laser treatments, microdermabrasion, steroid injections or even plastic surgery, there are more natural treatment options available. Studies have shown that even after just three weeks of application, some essential oils reduced the appearance of scars on the skin.(1)
Other research indicates that after your skin is injured, using essential oils can potentially lessen the severity of scars that are formed from the injury.
One studyfound that common essential oils can even help treat acne while concurrently improving skin that is scarred by acne. Below, we’ve curated a list of essential oils that have a cult-following for reducing the appearance of scars and improving the condition of your skin.
- Vitamin E
- Tea Tree
Keep in mind, while some essential oils can be applied directly to your skin, others require a carrier oil to dilute them, like olive or coconut oil.
Essential Oils For Scars
A name we’re all familiar with, lavender is known for its calming properties. It smells wonderful and is used in many holistic treatments, but lavender also can reduce the appearance of scars and even stop the formation of new scar tissue. By nature, lavender prevents the growth of bacteria and fungus while calming sensitive skin.
How to Use:
- Because it is so gentle, lavender oil can be applied directly to scars, blemishes, dark spots and acne to reduce their appearance on your skin.
- Use this formula once each day on your skin
- Lavender oil can also be applied directly to cuts, burns and boils to prevent the formation of scar tissue and promote healing
2. Vitamin E Essential Oil
Even if you’re taking your daily vitamins, you’d be doing yourself a favor by adding some more Vitamin E to your routine. Vitamin E contains properties that protect your skin from free radicals in the environment.
The free radicals can worsen the appearance of scars on your skin. Vitamin E also increases collagen in your skin, creating new skin cells, moisturizing your skin and preventing scar tissue from forming.
How to Use:
- For best results, you can purchase Vitamin E gel caps from your local pharmacy.
- Break the capsule to access the oil.
- Apply the oil directly to your skin.
- To heal from the inside out, you may also choose to take a Vitamin E gel cap by mouth each morning.
- Continue using the gel caps orally or by putting the oil directly on your skin until you see results, within about a month. Discontinue after achieving your desired result.
With a strong, clean scent Eucalyptus is a known antiseptic that also reduces inflammation when applied to the skin. The eucalyptol compound found in the plant’s leaves forms a barrier over the skin, protecting it from outside elements and free radicals while keeping inflammation at bay.
Its healing properties protect damaged skin cells while encouraging the formation of new cells. There are two ways to take eucalyptus. You can either put it on your skin with a carrier oil or you can ingest it in pill form.
How to Use:
- Because of the high concentration of eucalyptol, combine a small amount of eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil, like coconut oil before applying to your skin.
- Use a 1:3 ratio for your eucalyptus oil, so 1 drop of oil for 3 drops of coconut oil, for example.
- If you want to ingest eucalyptus oil, first contact your healthcare provider to make sure that it is a good idea and to find out how much it should be diluted. Be very careful; one can be poisoned or even die from ingesting even a small amount of pure eucalyptus oil.
4. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea Tree oil is native to Australia and has been used for years to treat acne thanks to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Its cicatrizing property encourages the healing of scars and wounds, making it the perfect choice to put on fresh cuts, burns and boils.
When applied directly after an injury, tea tree oil can help prevent the formation of scars and can clear up blemishes on the skin. It encourages the growth of new cells, and some people have even reported it helps clear up wrinkles! This oil is incredible. It tightens your skin and reduces the appearance of bumps and discoloration from scars.
How to Use:
- Tea tree oil must be mixed with a carrier oil.
- Add 1-2 drops of tea tree oil for every 10-12 drops of carrier oil.
- Use almond, coconut or olive oil to see best results.
- You’ll see results after about a month. Discontinue use when scars have remedied.
Both Indian and Hawaiian sandalwood have incredible healing properties. Sandalwood has a wonderfully pleasant aroma, but it also is known for its antiseptic, disinfectant and cicatrizing properties.
You can commonly find sandalwood in lotions, perfumes and deodorants as it is gentle and non-irritating to the skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Use sandalwood on a fresh cut or abrasion to close the wound and prevent scar tissue or infection from forming. Or, you can put it on old scars and see a dramatic and visible improvement to your bumpy or discolored skin.
How to Use:
- Sandalwood pairs best with jojoba oil as a carrier, which has antifungal properties.
- Mix three drops of sandalwood with 12 drops of jojoba oil.
- Apply directly to your skin 1-2 times daily
- You’ll notice a dramatic change in about 3 weeks’ time. Discontinue after desired results are achieved.
Helichrysum essential oil comes from a flower that is native to Europe. The flower itself is not widely grown, making the essential oil somewhat rare and costly in comparison with other essential oils.
However, it is well worth your money as it boasts antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities. Helichrysum is an antioxidant, helping generate new skin cells while protecting your skin from damage from the environment.
It contains arzanol which can increase collagen production, boosting your skin’s health while clearing up rashes, bumps and other marks on your skin. It does this by increasing circulation and blood flow to the areas where you apply the oil.
Use caution with this serum, however, as it can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. The results are amazing, but unlike other oils, it will take about three months to see the full benefit of this oil on your scars.
How to Use:
- This is a very strong, concentrated oil.
- Mix one drop of helichrysum with 10-12 drops of carrier oil.
- Helichrysum is best paired with almond or avocado oil.
- Apply the mixture to your skin twice daily.
- You’ll see full results within three months.
We know that lemons are good for our health! They taste great and are found in many healthy meals, but did you know that applying lemon essential oil to your skin with a carrier can help reduce inflammation and improve the appearance of scars?
Lemon is an antioxidant, going into your skin and improving blood flow and encouraging the growth of new skin cells. These new skin cells will smooth out bumps and discoloration left by scars.
Lemon is also an astringent that tightens and tones your skin and the high level of Vitamin C in lemons means your skin is protected from environmental factors. You can use lemon essential oil (with a carrier) on brand new wounds or old scars that you want to clear up.
How to Use:
- Lemon essential oil works best when paired with a carrier like argan oil, grapeseed oil or avocado oil.
- Pair 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil with 10-12 drops of your carrier oil and mix.
- Apply the mixture to your scars or wound.
- You’ll see results after 4-6 weeks. Discontinue use of the oil after desired results are achieved.
8. Hyssop Essential Oil
Hyssop essential oil is made from a flower that grows in the Mediterranean. Often used for its healing properties, hyssop has been around since ancient times and has often been used for healing even in religious practices.
Hyssop has antiseptic and astringent properties, so it is a great oil to put on a fresh wound to ensure that it remains clean. It will also work to heal the wound through its cicatrizing properties while keeping scar tissue at bay. Hyssop should not be put on your skin alone, you must use a carrier oil.
How to Use:
- Mix hyssop with avocado, olive oil or another carrier and put it on a new wound or put it on an old scar.
- Mix three drops of hyssop with 2 mL of the carrier of your choice.
- Another idea: Mix your hyssop oil with a drop of lavender, a drop of rosemary and a drop of geranium essential oils. Take that mixture and add 12 drops of carrier oil to it and apply it to scars on your skin. This combination is extremely effective at removing discolored spots, bumps and other irregularities on your skin.
- Continue the use of the above mixture or a mixture of hyssop oil and the carrier of your choice for 4-6 weeks for optimal results.
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