Scar tissue forms over a wound as it heals. They may cause pain when touched or pressed but are not often a cause for concern.
Oils, gels, and creams have been used to make them harder to see. Natural therapies have also been used to do this.
May Be Effective
These herbs and supplements may help make scars harder to see:
- Onion extract can be massaged into scar tissue with silicone gel.A2
- Plant oils like olive oil and safflower oil can be massaged into the skin.A3
- Silicone is a nutrient that can be applied as a gel or cream.A2, A4
- St. John’s Wort is a plant with bright yellow flowers. It can be applied to the skin as an oil.A1
These therapies have also been used:
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
Herbs and Supplements
A1. Samadi S, Khadivzadeh T, et al. The effect of Hypericum perforatum on the wound healing and scar of cesarean. J Altern Complement Med. 2010;16(1):113-117.
A2. Jenwitheesuk K, Surakunprapha P, et al. Role of silicone derivative plus onion extract gel in presternal hypertrophic scar protection: a prospective randomized, double blinded, controlled trial. Int Wound J. 2012;9(4):397-402.
A3. Bielfeldt S, Blaak J, et al. Observer-blind randomized controlled study of a cosmetic bled on safflower, olive and other plant oils in the improvement of scar and striae appearance. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2018;40(1):81-86.
A4. Kalasho BD, Kikuchi R, et al. Silicone-Based Scar Cream for Post Upper Eyelid Blepharoplasty-associated Cicatricial and Hypertrophic scarring. J Drugs Dermatol. 2019;18(5):440-446.
B1. Cho YS, Jeon JH, et al. The effect of burn rehabilitation message therapy on hypertrophic scar after burn: a randomized controlled trial. Burns. 2014;40(8):1513-1520.
B2. Ault P, Plaza A, et al. Scar massage for hypertrophic burns scarring-A systematic review. Burns. 2018 Feb;44(1):24-38.
B3. Anthonissen M, Daly D, et al. The effects of conservative treatments on burn scars: A systematic review. Burns. 2016 May;42(3):508-518.
C1. Li-Tsang CW, Zheng YP, et al. A randomized clinical trial to study the effect of silicone gel dressing and pressure therapy on posttraumatic hypertrophic scars. J Burn Care Res. 2010;31(3):448-457.
C2. Anthonissen M, Daly D, et al. The effects of conservative treatments on burn scars: A systematic review. Burns. 2016 May;42(3):508-518.
D1. Fang QQ, Chen CY, et al. The Effectiveness of Topical Anti-scarring Agents and a Novel Combined Process on Cutaneous Scar Management. Curr Pharm Des. 2017;23(15):2268-2275.
D2. Del Toro D, Dedhia R, et al. Advances in scar management: prevention and management of hypertrophic scars and keloids. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Aug;24(4):322-329.
Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 6/16/2020