Castor oil is extracted from castor beans and has been used for several centuries in ancient Egypt for its medicinal properties. Applying castor oil on the skin is known to help soothe the skin and also prevents the growth of fibrous tissue and scars. Regular application of castor oil on scar tissue makes the scar less noticeable.
Various experts have suggested that the local application of castor oil on scar tissue helps in not only promoting the growth of new tissue, but also helps in elimination of the scars completely. There are several benefits of castor oil for the scar tissue and this article provides insight into how to use castor oil for the management of scars on the skin.
How To Use Castor Oil For Scars?
Castor oil is good for the skin since it doesn’t cause blockage of pores and also helps in breakdown of excess of oil that is produced by the skin tissue. Regular local application of castor oil on the skin noticeably helps reduce the scar marks.
Here are a few tips on how to use castor oil for the management of scar tissue,
- Clean the scar tissue with mild soap.
- Take some amount castor oil on the tips of finger and lightly coat it on the scar. Make sure not to use too much castor oil as it can make the skin sticky and slippery. Castor oil can help reduce inflammation and irritation.
- Massage the scar tissue with castor oil for a few minutes. Massaging promotes the circulation of blood; further the pressure of your finger will make the skin soft. Make sure that the oil doesn’t enter open skin or skin cuts near the scar.
- Hands should be washed thoroughly after application of castor oil. This will prevent the oil from spreading to other parts of the body.
Benefits Of Castor Oil For Scar Tissue
Castor oil has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration of United States, for treatment of skin disorders and help in the treatment of scar tissue. Castor oil is potent skin moisturizer and soothes and lubricates the skin. Here are some of the benefits of local application of castor oil on scar tissue,
- Castor oil helps prevent the fibrous tissue from spreading to the surrounding area. Regular application of castor oil will not only reduce the growth of fibrous tissue but will also help in making the scar less visible.
- Castor oil is also beneficial in softening the scar tissue. In individuals who are prone to formation of keloids, the application of castor oil will soften the scar tissue and prevent keloids.
- Occasionally scar tissue is associated with significant amount of itching and pain. Local application of castor oil soothes the pain and itching and reduces the inflammation associated with the scar.
Ensure that you apply castor oil only on intact skin. Avoid applying castor oil on cuts or bruises.