Eczema Scars – Why it Happens And What You Need To Know To Repair Your Scars

 

Introduction

Eczema can be a very frustrating condition to deal with which can leave unwanted scars. Although this may be the case, there are several ways to treat it which can not only benefit the scarred areas but can nurture already healthy skin! The following information goes into further detail in regards to what can be used to benefit healthy and scarred skin.

What is Eczema and How Do Scars Form From It? 

Eczema is a skin condition where the skin becomes inflamed, itchy, red, cracked, and very rough. This term is usually used to generally describe common skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, and nummular eczema. Although there are several types of eczema, the most common type is atopic dermatitis. Along with the previously listed effects, the skin of those who suffer from eczema may start to blister if not treated properly. Some things that can cause such reactions are the consumption of certain foods like tomatoes, nuts, and dairy. The specific effects of eating such foods vary depending on the age of the candidate. Although this may be the case, most reactions result in red and itchy bumps that are very hard to resist scratching. Along with the consumption of certain foods, various environmental aspects, such as smoke and pollen, can cause the irritation of eczema. Despite the redness and itchy qualities eczema has, it is not contagious. 

If all of this doesn’t sound bad enough, eczema tends to leave scars when it is scratched. How could something that feels so good at the moment result in such an unappealing patch of skin? The following article provides various eczema scarring treatments that lighten eczema scarring.  

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Oatmeal Bath – For Eczema Scars

Oatmeal baths are very helpful for those who have eczema because its use can soothe itching. Not only does it have this ability, but it can also improve eczema scarring. Colloidal oatmeal is different from regular oatmeal in that it is ground up into a fine powder. When poured into warm water, it sits on the top and doesn’t sink on the bottom. This allows for it to make more contact with the skin which ultimately allows it to protect the skin more efficiently along with soothing itching and irritation; both symptoms eczema can exhibit. To allow an oatmeal bath to help improve eczema scarring, one must soak in an oatmeal bath using the following steps:

1. Use lukewarm water 

2. Pour in about 1 cup (or doctor recommended amount) of oatmeal while the tub is filling 

3. Once the bath is run, soak for about 10 to 15 minutes

4. After soaking, pat skin dry with a towel

5. Be sure to leave some moisture on the skin 

6. Be sure to use a fragrance-free moisturizer right directly afterward

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Apple Cider Vinegar – For Eczema Scars

Apple Cider is a popular home remedy for several things with eczema being one of them. Not only does ACV help bumpy eczema, but it also helps reduce scarring afterwards. According to the National Eczema Association (NEA), apple cider vinegar helps with eczema. Although they have found that it helps with this condition, no research collected proves that it cures eczema. It is important that the skin’s acidic levels are at a continuous balance. Using apple cider vinegar can help with this but if it isn’t diluted, it can cause serious and severe burns. Because of this, there are specific ways one should use vinegar to help their eczema. When using ACV to lighten eczema scarring, one must dilute a small amount of ACV in water. Then apply to the affected area. If you would like faster results, complete this process daily.

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Hemp Seed Oil – For Eczema Scars

Hemp Seed Oil has been recognized as one of the best treatments for not only eczema but the scarring it may leave behind. It has tons of anti-inflammatory properties that are extremely beneficial for skin health especially for those who have eczema and are suffering from scarring. It’s made up of fatty acids that are key in building healthy and nurtured skin cells while also relieving itching, irritation, and most importantly reducing scarring. 

Aloe Vera – For Eczema Scars

Aloe Vera is known as an anti-inflammatory and is very good when trying to remove eczema scars. Aloe Vera can be found in the leaves of an Aloe Plant. The gel/oil that is extracted from the plant has antibacterial, antimicrobial, immune system-boosting, and wound healing properties. These qualities are helpful ingredients that help prevent skin infections. Because Aloe Vera Gel contains all of these qualities, it can be used as a great remedy for adults who suffer from eczema. The best form of this gel are ones that contain the fewest additives. It is key that the gel purchased does not contain alcohol, preservatives, fragrances and or colors, as these additives can cause severe irritation for those who have eczema. When applying, it is best to test the gel on a small part of the skin to ensure that there is no negative reaction before using it on the scarred area.

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Chamomile – For Eczema Scars

Chamomile is a very well known medical plant that is used in more ways than one. It is most medically recognized as a plant that is high in antioxidant properties. Because of this plants’ high levels of antioxidants, it makes for a great product to use on the skin especially when it comes to combating eczema scarring. To treat eczema scarring when using chamomile, one must have over-the-counter chamomile cream which you would then rub onto the affected area. An alternate option is to brew fresh chamomile tea leaves and rub directly onto the affected area as well. 

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Honey – For Eczema Scars

Honey has several anti-inflammatories, antibacterial and healing properties that are all very beneficial for those who have eczema while also suffering from scaring. Although this may be the case, not all honey has the same qualities. With this being said, when looking to purchase honey to help with eczema scarring, one must be sure to buy Manuka Honey. This specific type of honey is a highly concentrated form of honey that has extra antibacterial aspects making the eczema scar lightening process more efficient.

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Lavender – For Eczema Scars

Lavender has antiseptic and antibacterial aspects in it making it a very good ingredient to use when treating eczema scars because of its ability to speed the wound healing process along faster than other products. Research has been done to test the effects lavender has on the skin, and the results were tremendous! It was found that not only can lavender speed up wound healing, but it shrinks the wound size while also treating the dark spots! Although this may be the case, one must be very careful when applying lavender to the skin. Applying pure lavender oil to the skin is very dangerous. It must be diluted with a carrier oil first and then applied to the scarred area. 

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Turmeric – For Eczema Scars

Turmeric is yet another herb that is great when it comes to treating eczema scars because it is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral. Just like lavender, turmeric too can speed up wound healing making it that much more efficient. The best way to use this product when treating scarred areas is to create a mixture of turmeric and honey. Apply it to the affected area and let it sit for 10-20 minutes followed by a warm water rinse.

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Conclusion

Yes, eczema can be frustrating to deal with and the scars it can leave aren’t that much easier to manage. But the several aforementioned remedies will not only help eczema scarring but will also better already healthy skin.

Jeslyn Savage

Jeslyn Savage

Jeslyn is a contributor and content developer for Our Eczema Story. She is not a medical professional. Her articles, comments, and suggestions are not intended to replace any medical advice. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this blog or in any linked materials.