Boils are pustules that form on the skin as a result of an infected hair follicle. Boils are red raised bumps that are tender to the touch and contain pus and bacteria. One they have ruptured and healed, scars may be left on the surface of the skin as a painful reminder. It is possible to eliminate boil scars through dermatological procedures, holistic healing, and over-the-counter treatment. Preventing scarring is the best course, however, by applying bandages and antibacterial ointment to the boil while it is still present on the skin.
Take 250mg of vitamin C in the morning and another 250mg in the evening. Vitamin C speeds skin healing from wounds and scars according to an excerpt from The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies. Taking vitamin C provides your skin with antioxidants that help eliminate environmental toxins and promote skin cell regeneration.
Opt for a chemical peel or dermabrasion from your dermatologist. These procedures remove the damaged layer of skin leaving fresh skin visible. You may require several treatments until the scarring is gone, depending on the scar's severity. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, dermabrasion goes deeper into the skin than chemical peels so discuss these options with your dermatologist.
Apply vitamin E enriched moisturizer to the scar to speed up healing. According the The Doctor's Book of Home Remedies, you may also puncture a vitamin E capsule and rub the oil into the scar to promote healing and diminishing of the boil scar.
Eat foods rich in zinc such as pumpkin seeds, Swiss cheese and Brazil nuts. Zinc is a mineral that your body requires in order to form skin cells and collagen. Eating these foods along with a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat dairy will ensure proper scar healing.
Apply sunscreen to the scar when exposing yourself to the outdoors. The sun's UV rays not only worsen scarring but also inhibit healing. According to Stephen Kurtin, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City and an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York, scars should be covered with strong sunscreens such as SPF 30 and higher.