Many people have scars they want to get rid of, whether the scar is new or it has been there for years. So it’s understandable that people try many different methods of scar healing.
Scars can be an embarrassing skin affliction. It may seem harmless but scars can affect not just your physical appearance but also your emotional well being and mental outlook about yourself.
Onions are a great vegetable that is used around the world, particularly to season some of the most common dishes to the more complicated ones. Onions have many beneficial properties for your health and they can also offer a lot of support for skin-related problems. In this article, we will see how onions can be a very effective remedy for fighting certain scars, which can be from surgery or just typical (but bothersome) stretch marks.
Many purported scar treatments on the market contain onion extract. Proponents claim that onion extract reduces redness and decreases scar size.
Onions contain powerful antioxidants and have a healthy dose of vitamin C, both of which are good for scar healing. No one who wants a scar to heal should smoke, since smoking reduces oxygen in the bloodstream and therefore inhibits healing – but in patients who smoke anyway, antioxidants are especially important. Foods with antioxidant properties such as beans, berries, and many other fruits and vegetables should be part of any scar healing regimen. Onions certainly have a place in an overall nutritional strategy for improving scars.
A study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology asked six subjects to apply onion extract to an affected area for a period of four weeks. While some subjects experienced mild stinging, the stinging resolved quickly.
At two weeks, the subjects rated the gel-applied scars to be significantly softer than the control scars. After four and eight weeks of application, all appearance variables of the gel-applied scars had significantly improved. It was concluded that onion extract gel is safe and significantly improves scar appearance after four weeks of once-daily application.
Onion juice is a natural ant-inflammatory. It also stimulates collagen and rejuvenates the skin. When used it helps lightens dark scars and also red marks on the skin. Here is how to use Onion juice to get rid of scars and acne spots. I do not recommend this for sensitive skin
- Crush or grate onions
- Use a piece of cloth or filter to squeeze out the juice
- Do the same for a cucumber then mix the two juices
- Apply on your back and dark acne scars.
- Wait for 30 minutes.
- Rinse off using clean water.
- It takes several weeks for it to be effective. So don’t worry when it takes 1 -2 months but ensure you repeat this procedure daily. This acne remedy is best used on other parts of the body other than the face- for obvious reasons.
Onion juice is also an excellent remedy or keloids and hypertrophic scars.
If you use this extract for the first time, use small amounts in the affected area just to make sure that there are no allergic reaction on your skin. If there is a redness and/or irritation on your skin stop with the treatment.
For best results, keep the affected area hydrated. For this reason use good moisturizer or you can use moisturizer oil such as coconut oil or olive oil.
While there are many things you can do to help minimize scarring, scars cannot be completely removed. Keep in mind that trying anything new, especially for pregnant women and children, should be tested and discussed with your doctor.
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