Say Bye To Eczema Scars Using These Natural Ingredients 

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A laughing Naomi Campbell alongside honey/brown sugar mixture and jojoba oil.

My eczema has recently become the bane of my existence, especially since my scars are really obvious. I’ve never experienced scarring from eczema until about a year ago. In the past, my eczema appeared in small patches. I would use an ointment prescribed by my dermatologist for about two to three days, and then my eczema would disappear. It never itched, either.

Then last year in August, I thought I had several mosquito bites and started to itch them vigorously. I couldn’t help myself. The inflammation was extremely pronounced, and I began to think I had an allergic reaction instead of bug bites. I suspected it was from the medications I was taking for an ailment, but I wasn’t sure. I took a trip to my dermatologist and the visit turned out to be futile; she was completely useless. She didn’t try to tell me what it was or could be. She just wrote several prescriptions, including bleaching cream – and waved goodbye. Still, I used the creams twice a day for a month, but my scars weren’t fading and I wasn’t feeling the creams anymore. So, I decided to contact my allergist and he was way more patient and helpful.

After his assessment of my scars, we decided that I had an allergic reaction to said ailment medications. I was taking two different pills simultaneously, and I wasn’t supposed to do that. As a result, my liver did a dance which triggered my eczema. My allergist also prescribed the same creams *rolls eyes*. Eventually, I  gave up on trying to remove the scars until one day this past June.

My girlfriends and I had a champagne fest (picnic) in the park, and one of them is a skincare specialist. She noticed I had eczema, which is very noticeable and can easily be mistaken for bruises. I was impressed that she knew exactly what kind of scars I had because my dermatologist couldn’t even tell me. She mentioned she also suffers from eczema, and I asked her what she used to remove her scars. First, she said that if I never itched them I would never have scars. Great. The next best thing she recommended was to exfoliate the areas at least twice a week (don’t be too aggressive when scrubbing the areas) and follow up with a rich body oil. She suggested avocado oil or jojoba oil.

I put my thinking cap on and tried to figure out what I already had in my home for a scrub, and I came up with honey and brown sugar. I decided I would follow up with Shea butter for added moisture. This is my third week using at-home solutions to get rid of my scars. Skincare gurus say consistency is half the bottle, so I have several more weeks before I can be a judge.

Honey Helps

Honey is #goals for the skin. It’s known to be a great scar fader, and I am looking forward to being a testament. It helps reduce the appearance of scars and increases healing and tissue regeneration because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds. It can also nourish, cleanse and hydrate your skin. Win, win!

Brown Sugar is Better

Brown sugar is a natural skin exfoliator and helps with skin cell turnover, so that healthy glowing skin can come through and look like you used these highlighters. Exfoliators help give you a natural highlight effect, so you can glow-up without any added makeup. The grains of brown sugar are smaller than granulated sugar or salt, which means it’s perfect for delicate and sensitive areas like the face. Basically, brown sugar is #boss. It contains glycolic acid (alpha hydroxyl acid), which fights bacteria, breaks down dead skin cells and removes them. Glycolic acid is a major key for keeping skin looking younger and fresher. As an added bonus, the sweetener also acts as a natural moisturizer, conditioner and helps keep acne away.

Scrub ingredients/approximate measurements:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) of brown sugar

How-To

After taking a shower, I spread the honey and brown sugar mixture on the scars and rub gently for a few minutes. I leave the mixture on my skin for about five to ten minutes, and then I wipe it off with a cold washcloth. To complete my treatment, I apply Shea butter on the areas of concern.

Shea Butter 

Shea butter is ideal for initiating the healing process and diminishing the appearance of scars because of its reparative ingredients. One of its principle antioxidants that make it ideal for getting rid of scars is Vitamin E. It also includes the powerful anti-inflammatory agent Vitamin A. Shea butter provides skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients that heal, moisturize and rejuvenate skin cells. So, if you wanted, you could use Shea butter on your scars twice a day as the only treatment. Over a period of time, you should begin to see a gradual disappearance of your scars.

Alternative Treatment 

Another recipe I’m trying out is Shea butter teamed with fresh lemon juice. Combine two tablespoons of Shea butter with one tablespoon of lemon juice in a shallow bowl or cup, mix well and rub the mixture on the scars. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash it off with water.

Lemon 

Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and citric acid, so they are a natural brightening agent for your skin, when used over time. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is great at boosting collagen production, which means it can help lighten dark spots, even your skin tone and maintain skin elasticity. Just avoid being in the sun when using lemons on your skin. Or, use a high SPF sunscreen when you must be outside because lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to sunburn. This is why I apply this mixture at bedtime. Lemons also come to the rescue for many other skin situations like acne and excess sebum production (oily skin). Dilute lemon juice with water if it irritates your skin.

There are plenty of other natural ingredients that can be used to effectively remove scars. These are some of my preferred remedies since I already have the ingredients in my house. If you have preferred natural treatments for removing scars, please share!

Thanks for reading!

-Genevia

 

 

GRAPHIC PHOTO | Laser Tattoo Removal On Brown Skin

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What my tattoo looked like the day after my second session. A blistering mess.

I decided to write about this topic because some people think that tattoo removal on brown skin is impossible. They also think it will result in a higher rate of pigmentation problems and scaring than people with low concentrations of melanin. Even though these things can occur, they can also be avoided by having an experienced professional remove your tattoo the right way with the right laser. Regardless of your complexion, the risks and side affects associated with laser tattoo removal are the same. This post is here to enlighten curious minds about the process and what it may look like to get a tattoo removed. I am currently undergoing treatment to remove one of my three tattoos because I simply don’t want it anymore. And, nope, it doesn’t matter that I can’t see it. Below is my story:

First off, you’re encouraged to schedule a consultation before you begin the removal process. During this time, a specialist informs you of the protocol, assesses the tattoo you want to remove, gives you an estimate of how many treatments you may have to sit through and how much it will cost, if the price wasn’t already established. I knew how much I was paying because I purchased a deal off of Groupon. I did my research about the cosmetic office, too. This is key.

I received my consultation and first treatment session on the same day. During my consultation, the specialist informed me that there is no guarantee that my tattoo will be completely removed. She continued to say I may experience permanent scaring, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, it would just depend on my skin’s reaction to the laser. This means that even if all the ink was removed there would still be an impression of where it once appeared (cue hyper or hypopigmentation). She showed me an example of the area where her tattoo once was and yes, I could still see the impression. She has fair skin and the impression is lighter than her (hypopigmentation). Lastly, she stated that I may have to undergo eight sessions. I was not expecting to hear that number as I thought this was going to be a quick fix lol. She asked me if I wanted to proceed considering everything we went over plus aftercare. Keep in mind, I started this journey in May. Basically, summertime. Problem alert! After you start your treatment, your tattoo cannot be exposed to the sun. If you know me, you know I barely wear clothes in the summer and live for outdoor activities. I go to the beach, cookouts, picnics, outdoor festivals, etc. Initially, I couldn’t wrap my head around this problem because it was rocket science to me. Like, how was I supposed to escape the sun? Soon enough, I figured it out.

After the session, my skin was obviously very tender. As the days went by, my blisters popped. My tattoo began to itch, crust and the skin started to shed, all of which is normal. This is basically the same process your skin would go through if you got a scrape, cut or burn somewhere. It’s all an indication that your immune system has started the healing process. As far as the aftercare goes, I apply Aquaphor to my tattoo after every shower, and then I leave it alone to breathe. I don’t cover it up with a bandage. Well, I did once. It was only because it looked like it did in the blistering photo, and I had to attend my best friend’s birthday party. People are annoying and I didn’t want them to touch it, breath on it, poke at it, etc. Also, I avoid sun exposure by wearing clothes that cover most of my neck or I carry a light scarf. Honestly, taking care of it in the summer is not that bad because I spend most of my time at work (indoors) during the week. On the weekends, I’m more conscious of what I’m wearing. When night falls, I wear anything.

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Eight weeks into my tattoo removal experience.

Oh, and let’s not forget that laser tattoo removal hurts like shit! In my opinion, getting a tattoo is painful but not as painful as getting it removed! It feels like hot chicken grease jumping on your skin a million times for about 60 seconds or it feels like someone is popping a rubber band on your skin a million times for about 60 seconds. Either way, it’s a horrible feeling. The discomfort is “reduced” by a tube of cold air directed at the area that is being treated. The cool air is bullshit. It still hurts. Essentially, you’re getting your skin burned off. It’s not a chill experience. Pun intended. The pain after the treatment varies from person to person. I was in pain for an hour. Good times.

There’s no point in stopping now, so my third session is scheduled for later this month. My tat is fading fast, and it’s because the ink is not very deep. My specialist even said the ink is breaking up quicker than she expected. I already see some hypopigmentation going on, but that’s expected because skin does this when it experiences any kind of injury.

Additional Info 

The office I go to uses the Q-Switched laser. Q-Switched laser tattoo removal system is a high-powered laser of pulsed light that targets pigment and breaks it up into fragments that eventually disappear.

Treatment with the laser lasts for about 60 seconds, depending on the size of the tattoo. The number of treatments depend on the following:

  • Size of tattoo
  • Location
  • Depth
  • Colors
  • Age

Black ink is the easiest to remove. FYI, my tattoo is comprised of red, green and black inks.

If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to ask in the comments section below. I’ll continue to update this post to show you all my progression. Thanks for reading!

-Genevia

*Disclaimer* 

Please keep in mind that this is MY story. The removal process is an individual experience that depends on a variety of variables. This is general information and should not replace a doctor’s advice. Arrange a consultation, if you are thinking about getting your tattoo removed.