A nasty cut, surgical site, a burn, acne marks, pregnancy, weight gain...life's mishaps or events that brought with them a lasting, unsightly scar or annoying stretch marks.
Although there is no guarantee that any product will completely fade an existing scar, there are treatments that can help smooth and soften old scar tissue.
It is never too late to start a daily regimen to try to get rid of ugly scars or stretch marks. But you have to realize it takes time. Scars are a natural part of the healing process. They occur when the dermis, thicker layer of skin, is damaged. Ideally, the wound will heal over without any overgrowth of tissue or discoloration.
Application needs to be regular and it may be necessary to continue for 3 to 6 months. Apply the oil blend to the scar area twice a day. The ingredients in this blend are expensive but worth it if diligence in application, patience and time pay off.
Rosehip seed oil, Hazelnut oil, and Emu oil are the important carrier oils in this blend.
Rosehip seed oil is very high in gamma-linolenic acid and Vitamin C, making it perfect for helping the skin to regenerate cells and strengthen cell membranes. It is said to be the only natural oil to contain retinoic acid (Vitamin A), which increases levels of collagen and elastin, necessary for supple, smooth new skin.
Hazelnut oil is a gentle, light oil full of vitamins and minerals, and compatible with all skin types.
Emu oil is gaining in popularity not only as a great moisturizer but for many skin conditions. What makes is so unique is that it has the ability to penetrate at the cellular level. Called a transdermal oil, it goes deep without irritating, allowing it to be very effective.
Emu oil is fantastic because the fatty acid properties of emu oil are very similar to that of humans. A very rich source of necessary fatty acids, 3, 6 and 9, these offer soothing, anti-inflammatory benefits which help with any pain caused by the damaged tissues.
Essential oils are very beneficial because their molecules can quickly reach the capillaries and blood circulation. With the ability to penetrate into cell membranes, their benefits to damaged skin tissue are many, and being natural substances, there is little worry about introducing anything the body doesn't recognize.
As said by aromatherapist Kurt Schnaubelt, "Combine the triple unsaturated fatty acids of Rosehip seed oil which strengthen the cell membranes with the regenerative qualities of Helichrysum oil, and wounds can heal with minimal to no scarring."
Everlasting (Helichrysum italicum) essential oil is a very expensive oil which can be cost inhibiting, but its effectiveness when combined with Rosehip seed oil is well known for not only preventing the formation of scars in the first place, but can soften and fade even old, unsightly scars.
Carrot seed essential oil is what is called a carotenoid and carotene containing oil, which are natural vitamin A compounds. Needed for strengthening the healing tissues, it is critical for normal skin development.
While Lavender essential oil is used in scar treatments for fresh wounds, Sage is included in blends for old, long healed over wounds with resulting scars. Sage essential oil has powerful components which reduce the appearance of scars by breaking up scar tissue and stimulate regeneration. Sage helps reduce the appearance of those past wound areas.
NOTE: Do not use if pregnant or prone to seizures. Sage is a nervous stimulant and contains camphene, which should not be used if pregnant. Wait until after pregnancy to use for stretch marks.
A safer alternative while pregnant is the belly balm listed below:
NOTE: For those with a nut allergy to hazelnuts, an alternative would be Castor oil. By stimulating both the lymphatic system (lymphocytes play an important role in wound healing) and blood circulation, castor oil can help lessen the chance of a scar in the healing of new wounds and help fade already existing scars.
For fresh wounds, try the blend below. Containing St. Johnswort and Lavender, this blend focuses on healing and preventing the formation of a scar in the first place.
This Old Scar, Stretch Mark Treatment comes in a 1 oz., 2 oz. or 4 oz. amber glass dropper bottle.
I do have glass roller bottles in the 1 oz. size only. If you would prefer a roller bottle instead of the dropper bottle just let me know in the message box.
Keep out of direct sunlight.
There is often confusion about what makes for a new vs. an old scar. Here is information from the following source:
"After the skin and deeper tissues have healed, the scar goes through four different stages of healing. Although the initial skin scar may be minimal, the scar will often enlarge and become more reddened over the following 4-6 weeks. An active scar is typically red, raised, firm and thick. Sometimes this change can be confused with infection. Also, the outermost layer often loosens while the deeper layers remain intact; this is normal as well. Following the swelling/reddening phase, the wound becomes smaller and paler over the next 2-3 months. Later, the scar becomes soft and has a more natural color in most individuals. Some scars take up to a year to mature. Therefore, some scar revisions (a surgery that minimizes a scar so it blends in) may not be offered until a year after injury/surgery. Scars have completed the healing process when they are light in color, smooth, and no longer sensitive to touch. A fresh, healing scar (pink, red, raised, thick, and sensitive) should be protected from sunlight; sun exposure can darken it "
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