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Have scars, stretch marks or bruises? Try these effective home remedies to get them to fade away
Do you know of any other great ways to get rid of scars, stretch marks, or bruises?
D.G. Sciortino
09.22.17

Scars, stretch marks, and bruises are unavoidable in life. But you don’t need costly treatments to try and correct them.

There are plenty of DIY methods to help minimize the appearance of unsightly skin. Here are some of our favorites methods to soften your skin and reduce discoloration:

Elevate

You can prevent a bruise from forming by elevating your body part to reduce the amount of blood flow to the area using gravity. This will prevent the blood from pooling in the bruised area and will reduce discoloration. It’s best to raise the area above your heart. If that’s not possible, try to just prop your leg, or arm up.

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Castor Oil

Generously rub some castor oil on your scars and wrap it with food grade plastic wrap. Place your heating pad on top of the plastic wrap. Make sure the heating pad is on the highest setting and let it sit for 20 to 25 minutes. You should see an improvement within a week.

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Flaxseed Oil

Rub flaxseed oil on new and old scars several times a day, especially after you shower and before bed.

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Organic Raw Honey

Raw honey has antibacterial properties that promote cell regeneration. You may want to skip this one if you have oily skin. Rub the honey on your scars twice daily. They should fade with frequent use.

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Vitamin K

Vitamin K can be applied as a cream on top of your bruises scars. Use twice daily to see results within a few weeks or months depending on the severity of your bruise or scar.

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Heat Then Cool

Apply ice or an ice pack on your bruise for 24 hours, then wear a heating pad on it for 20 minutes at a time several times a day. This will allow more circulation in the area and will clear away any pooled blood.

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Olive Oil

Olive oil is good for both scars and stretch marks. Use 100% extra virgin olive oil on your scars twice a day. The stretch marks and scars should fade within a week or so.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is widely known as a scar treatment. Puncture a vitamin E gel cap and rub it onto your scars and/or stretch marks.

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Shea or Cocoa Butter

You’ll find many stretch mark removal products that are made from either shea or cocoa butter. Rub some on your marks a few times a day to help them fade. You can use it throughout your pregnancy, weight gain or loss to prevent stretch marks from forming. The butter helps to keep the area moist and prevent your scar from being itchy or getting too large and deep.

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Elastic Bandage

Wrap an elastic bandage around an injured area that has the potential for bruising. The squeezing of the tissues will prevent the blood vessels from leaking so that the bruising won’t look as dark.

Lavender Oil

Massaging lavender oil into your scars will help to eliminate them over time.

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Essential Oil Sanctuary

Egg White

The proteins in egg white also have regenerative properties. Try rubbing some onto your scars and stretch marks three times a day to help them fade.

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Arnica Gel

Athletes often use arnica gel to heal pain and swelling and prevent discoloration when they bruise.

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Peaceful Mountain

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that help to heal scars, especially acne scars.

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Aloe Vera

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Rubbing aloe vera gel on your scars will help to regenerate the tissue, soothe the area, and speed its healing process.

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By D.G. Sciortino
hi@sbly.com
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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