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How to Lighten Burn Scars

author image Ireland Wolfe
Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.
How to Lighten Burn Scars
You can lighten burn scars with home remedies. Photo Credit Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

Serious burns can leave dark, unsightly scars on your body. A scar occurs when new tissue forms to replace damaged tissue. Scars are a normal part of the healing process. For minimal burning that heals within two weeks, scars generally fade with time. In cases where the burn takes longer than two weeks to heal, a scar may become permanent. If expensive dermatological treatments or surgery is not an option, some home remedies may help to lighten burn scars gradually.

Step 1

Use lemon juice to help lighten your burn scars. Lemon juice acts as a bleaching agent and can help to lighten scars and reduce blemishes. Apply lemon juice to the scar using a cotton ball several times a day.

Step 2

Spread cocoa butter over the burn scar. Cocoa butter contains vitamins E and K, and is helpful in softening scars. It also moisturizes the skin, which can reduce the itching commonly associated with healing scars. You can also use vitamin E oil to help lighten burn scars.

Step 3

Dab a small amount of honey on the burn scar several times a day until the scar has faded. Honey has been used for centuries in burn and wound management. According to a review published in the "International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds," honey can minimize scarring and speed up healing.

Step 4

Try herbs to lighten burn scars. Mix sandalwood powder with rose water and apply the mixture to your scar nightly.

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