Scar Treatment, Prevention, Wound Care, Stretch Marks, Scar Oil

by meadowmuffin2010

A nasty cut, surgical site, a burn, acne marks, stretch marks...all things that bring with it the fear of an unsightly, visible scar.
Although there is no guarantee that any product will completely heal a wound without leaving a scar, or to completely fade an existing scar, there are treatments that help heal quickly which minimizes the chance thickened scar tissue.

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.

This oil blend is best used when a wound is fresh. It contains carrier oils and essential oils with properties that include being rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and cellular level tissue regeneration.

Wait until the wound has sealed over, or stitches removed if they were necessary. Then you can start to apply blends to further reduce the risk of infection and help the body to heal quickly. The faster a wound heals, the less likely it will leave a scar.

The ingredients in this blend are expensive but worth it if diligence in application, patience and time pay off.

With healing as the first objective to reducing the chance of scar tissue, we've included an herbal oil known for relieving the pain whenever the nerves are involved. Infused in olive oil, St. John's wort, Hypericum perforatum, helps with those shooting pains and when the injury is to a nerve rich area.

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.

Lavender essential oil is added to this blend because it is known as "first aid in a bottle". It is an important oil to fight infection, soothes pain with inflamed skin, eases any itch associated with the healing process, and helps prevent the thickened scar tissue called keloids.

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.

Finally, we have the cornerstone of the mix, Everlasting (Helichrysum italicum) essential oil. This very expensive oil 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.
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."

By applying the oil blend to the damaged area twice a day, you should see results within 2 weeks. Do not pull off any scabs. To pick at the area is a sure bet in encouraging thickened tissue and a resulting scar.

NOTE: It is not advisable to use carrot seed essential oil during pregnancy. A safer alternative while pregnant is the listing 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.

NOTE: For old scars from wounds long healed over, a better blend may be:

This Wound Treatment, Minimize Scar Oil 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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