A few years ago, I went to see my dermatologist. I had a mole on my shoulder that had gradually been getting bigger with each pregnancy and by the time my fourth was born, it was pretty large. So I went in, the doc looked at it and I left the office with a band-aid in its place and instructions to take Tylenol if it started hurting.
I was pretty excited – for quite some time people stared at my shoulder whenever I wore sleeveless shirts. My eyes are up here, people.
And then it started to grow back. It was pretty small at first – odd, but I wasn’t worried. But after about a year, it was a little bigger than the original mole. So back to the doctor I went.
I was expecting a similar procedure to last time, which I was looking forward to, because by that point, I hated wearing sleeveless shirts. But instead, he told me that it wasn’t actually a mole.
It was a keloid. A keloid is “an area of irregular fibrous tissue formed at the site of a scar or injury.” In my case, where they removed said mole. Which makes sense, because I’ve always scarred pretty badly. Like, really badly. And, after researching them, I realized that I actually already had some keloids. Why didn’t I know about them before?
I asked about treatment options and they weren’t very appealing. First, they could remove it. Again. But chances were, it would grow back, but even bigger. So to prevent that, they’d do a series of steroid shots (which I researched and all reports said they were pretty painful). And even then, it would probably grow back since I was so prone to bad scars.
Oh. I see.
I decided against that. Because I was assured that, at this point, it’s not dangerous, cancerous, etc. and removing it would mainly be for cosmetic purposes. Exactly.
So I decided to take matters in my own hands (as usual) and look up a natural option. Since I’m an essential oil nut, I figured there was something out there that could help reduce it, if not just keep it from getting any bigger.
And lucky me, I found a few oil recommendations:
- Lavender – French medicinal uses for lavender include cell renewal (especially related to burns) and minimizing scarring.
- Frankincense – The king of oils is used to prevent and reduce scarring.
- Helichrysum – This wonderful essential oil is indicated for reducing scarring, scar tissue and regenerating tissue.
So now, I’m whipping up a scar salve to put on it.
Want to try it, too? Here’s the recipe.
DIY Scar Salve
- 3 oz coconut oil
- 2 oz shea butter
- 1 oz beeswax (or candelilla wax for a vegan option)
- .25 oz vitamin e oil
- 40 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 20 drops Helichrysum essential oil
- 20 drops Lavender essential oil
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Once they’re melted, stir in the wax until it melts (I sprinkle a layer over the top, stir it in and repeat so it all melts).
Once it’s melted and stirred in completely, remove from heat. Stir in the essential oils and Vitamin E oil. Pour into a clean container with a lid, label and store in a cool place (it’ll take a few hours to cool completely). Makes approximately 5 oz.
Rub a small amount onto scars twice a day. I usually just scrape out a small bit with my fingernail – a little goes a long way.
Do you use a natural scar remedy? What have you tried?