Reducing scar visibility maintains overall skin beauty.

How to Get Rid of Dark Skin Discoloration Caused by Cuts

by David Lipscomb

Dealing with the pain of cuts is one thing, but then you have to manage the visibility of the resulting scar for months or years down the road. Scars are discolored and bumpy due to the collection of collagen that creates the scar, which does not form evenly in the process. There are plenty of home-based remedies you can use to reduce the visibility of this discoloration, which may negate the need to visit a dermatologist.

1 Keep fresh cuts covered. Protection from further damage helps the injury's appearance improve as it heals.

2 Apply a layer of medicated healing gel over the cut every time you change bandages, reducing chance of infection and speeding up recovery time.

3 Cut or break open a vitamin E caplet, applying the liquid directly to the scar. You can also use a cream or ointment heavy in the vitamin.

4 Apply an alpha hydroxy acid directly to healed cuts that have formed into discolored scars. This solution is sold commercially under many names, primarily for the purpose of reducing scar visibility and exfoliation.

5 Apply onion extract to the scar as a cheaper option than over-the-counter skin medication. Onion extract is often the active ingredient in these formulas.

Items you will need

  • Adhesive bandage
  • Medicated healing gel
  • Vitamin E capsules
  • Alpha hydroxy acid
  • Onion extract

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