How to Get Rid of Scars: 7 Home Remedies

Updated in February 2024

To get rid of scars, you can use home remedies like aloe vera gel, arnica ointment or honey dressings. These contain natural anti-inflammatory, healing and moisturizing properties, which help to reduce scars from freshly healed wounds.

These home remedies can also help to close the wound and leave the skin more uniform by stimulating skin regeneration. They can prevent the formation of scars caused by wounds, skin ulcers, burns, bruises or acne.

Before using any of these scar remedies, it is important to cleanse the area with saline to remove dirt and to facilitate the action of the remedy. Very large or deep scars should be assessed by a dermatologist who can recommend the most appropriate treatment. 

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Ways to get rid of scars

Some ways to heal scars faster are:

1. Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera is a natural healing agent, as it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and moisturizing properties. It can promote healing and reduce swelling in the area.

Additionally, aloe vera also helps to increase collagen levels in the wound, which can promote healing and help the scar disappear faster.


  • 1 aloe vera leaf
  • 1 clean gauze or compress


Wash the aloe vera leaves, cut them in half lengthwise and remove the transparent gel from the inside of the leaf, placing it in a clean, dry container. Then, apply aloe vera gel to the wound and cover with gauze or compress. The next day, wash the wound and repeat the process daily, until the wound is completely healed.

When preparing this natural healing agent, it is important not to use the bark of the aloe leaf, which has toxic effects. Use only the transparent gel inside the leaf.

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2. Propolis

Applying a few drops of propolis to a wound, ulcer or 1st-degree burn facilitates the healing and skin regeneration process. It has antibacterial, healing and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to stimulating collagen deposition in the skin.

Furthermore, propolis is also a natural anesthetic that helps relieve wound pain. Learn more about the health benefits of propolis.


  • 1 bottle of propolis extract
  • 1 clean gauze


Place a few drops of propolis on the clean gauze and cover the wound. Change the gauze twice a day, in the morning and night.

Propolis should not be used by people allergic to propolis, honey or pollen, nor by children under 12 years of age.

3. Honey dressing

Honey is a great natural healing agent and can be used directly on wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers, chronic wounds or 1st degree burns. It has moisturizing properties that help with tissue regeneration, reducing healing time.

Furthermore, honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep the wound disinfected and promote skin regeneration. Check-out the other benefits of honey.


  • Organic honey
  • 1 clean gauze


Clean the wound and then cover it with a thin layer of honey and place gauze on top. Leave it to act for up to 4 hours and then wash the area. Repeat the process 3 times in a row.

This dressing should not be used by people who are allergic to pollen, honey or propolis.

4. Calendula dressing

A calendula dressing, made with the medicinal plant Calendula officinalis, has anti-inflammatory and calming properties, making it a great home remedy for fast healing. It helps reduce skin inflammation caused by chronic wounds, burns or ulcers, accelerating healing.


  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of calendula flowers
  • 150 mL of boiling water


Place the marigold flowers in boiling water and let it rest for 5 minutes. Wait for it to warm, strain and soak a clean, dry gauze or cotton pad in the infusion. Apply the compress to the affected skin area, 3 times a day, leaving it to act for 30 minutes.

5. Sage tea

Sage tea, prepared with the medicinal plant Salvia officinalis, is rich in alkaloids, saponins, flavonoids, phenolic compounds and terpenes. These contain anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial and healing properties, which help with wound recovery.

Furthermore, this tea helps with skin regeneration and wound closure, accelerating skin healing.


  • 2 tablespoons of fresh sage or 1 tablespoon of dried sage;
  • 1 cup of boiling water.


Add the sage to the cup of boiling water, cover and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Wait for it to cool, strain, and dip the gauze or cotton in the tea. Apply it to the wound, 2 to 3 times a day.

6. Mallow dressing

A mallow dressing, made with the medicinal plant Malva sylvestris, is rich in phenolic and flavonoid compounds, with antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These help to heal the skin in cases of abscesses, skin ulcers, boils, acne or insect bites.

Furthermore, mallow has moisturizing and collagen-stimulating properties, making it a great home remedy to heal wounds quickly.


  • Dried mallow leaves and flowers


Mash the dried mallow leaves and flowers and add a small amount of water. Then apply to the wound on the skin.

7. Andiroba oil

Andiroba oil promotes skin regeneration, in addition to having healing, anti-inflammatory, emollient and moisturizing properties. It can be used as a home remedy to reduce skin inflammation and reduce the appearance of scars.


  • Andiroba oil
  • Sterile gauze or clean compress


Apply a few drops of andiroba oil to the scar, massaging lightly, about 3 times a day.