How Do Scars Form/Happen?
I wanted to talk about scars, because they are something that we all deal with and we all despise! Although we usually cannot get rid of them, how can we minimize them? As we know, scars form where there has been damage or trauma to the skin. When there is a wound, the body forms new collagen to heal the damage, thus resulting in scarring. Scar tissue has different textures for different types of skin and ethnicity.
Some scars are raised (keloid) and some are concave or bumpy. Concave scars often happen from acne. I wanted to talk about scars, because it has come up a lot recently in regard to some vascular surgery I’ve had on my legs.
How Can Scars Be Treated?
Scars cannot be completely removed or eliminated, but there are several ways they can be minimized, or improved. Some of the methods are:
- Microdermabrasion, Laser resurfacing, Filler injections (especially effective in the face), Microneedling, and topical treatment. My focus for my legs, was topical. The most amazing treatment I found was Tamanu Oil.
What Is Tamanu Oil?
“Tamanu oil is pressed from nuts of either the Calophyllum inophyllum (usually) or the Calophyllum tacamahaca (ati), tropical trees belonging to Calophyllaceae family. The nuts yield 70–75% of the greenish-yellow inedible oil. The oil originates in Polynesia, where it continues to play an important cultural role. Commercial uses of tamanu oil are predominantly for skin care. The oil has both medicinal value and use as a fuel.” Tamanu Oil is found in many products to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
Speeds Up Healing
The antioxidant and stimulating ability of this oil makes it ideal for treatment in wounds, small lacerations, rash, the fats and antioxidants stimulate the healing as well as help diminish the signs of scarring.
After SurgerySix weeks of using Tamanu Oil
Although there is definitely still scarring, it is significantly reduced with the help of the tamanu oil. Nothing will “get rid” of the scars, but I’m thrilled with how much better it is with using this oil. I have also been using it on break outs/mild acne and it is helpful for that, as well. Not all oil is created equal. I have done my homework and recommend the following.
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The Nitty Gritty
As we all know, I am not a Dr and this information is from my own experience. If you decide to try this oil, it is at your own risk/discretion. This information is not backed by a medical professional. If you have any concern if it’s right for you, seek medical advice first.