October 29, 2020

Does calendula help with scar?

Does calendula help with scar?

What is the best skin care for scars 2023

Attending market, means having direct contact with people and their questions relating to their skin (of the skin of their nearest and dearest). It is a very informative journey which I enjoy.

Some questions often ask at the market are:  What should I use on my scar as an effective treatment? How can I avoid acne scarring? How can I decrease the effects of sun exposure? What can I do with brown spots?  How can I improve my skin tone?

Appearance of scars is a concern for many people particularly when severe acne is involved although there are different types of scars including post surgery or accident.

Let us consider the skin conditions more closely and see if we have some good news with this question.  The first element to consider is what has happened to the skin and what skin types do we have including sensitive skin.

If the skin was broken by accident, be sure to have the skin well cleaned to ensure there is no risk of infection.  One easy way to achieve this is to soak the affected part of the skin in purified water with either lavender essential oil or tea tree oil.

If the skin cannot be soaked then a compress can be applied.  Here is how it is done:  

Fill a bowl with purified water

Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil or tea tree oil

Dip a clean cloth in the water

Ring it to take the excess water out yet having the cloth still wet

Apply on the affected skin and keep it in place for 10 to 15 minutes

Repeat two to three times.

Once this is completed I recommend you apply one of the following three options for best results depending on the state of the skin to avoid formation of scar tissue.

If the skin is slightly damaged such as dry, irritated, red, with fine lines, or presenting active acne apply calendula oil promoting collagen production.

If the skin is more damaged and needs to stay moisturized, apply a rich calendula cream (this is one of the best scar creams when selecting one with active ingredients that are fresh and certified organic).

If the skin is even more damaged and needs repair such as in case of cut, minor burn, abrasions, apply an ointment containing as key ingredients calendula or calendula and comfrey.  This skincare product promotes the skin healing process in one of the best way possible and will bring noticeable difference.  This is particularly true for recent scars.

The rule is:  the more damaged the skin is, the richer (and slower to absorb) the skincare needs to be.  This includes sun damage tissue.  Keep in mind that calendula oil absorbs very quickly.

Rich calendula cream is a great option since it absorbes in a slow manner.   If the ingredients include beeswax it will take longer to be absorbed, resulting in textural changes doing excellent repair work on the skin.

Calendula or calendula and comfrey ointment is the slowest to be absorbed as it contains a higher proportion of beeswax, keeping the oil longer at the surface of the skin and doing repair work.  Old scars respond well to the calendula and comfrey ointment. Yet the more recent the scar, the better the results will be.

If the scar is from a surgery, the best option is that once the risk of infection has been eliminated and new skin cells appear, apply calendula ointment or better calendula and comfrey ointment as soon as possible.  Apply it many times each day to speed up the recovery of the skin.

A medical research published in 2018 actually confirmed that calendula ointment brought good results with no side effects when used for a cesarean wound healing.  You can read the results of the research here:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6259546/.

Calendula does wonder for the skin as it has anti-oxydant and anti-inflammatory properties.  Comfrey on the other hand assists in recreating the skin.  You can see why an ointment containing both is the ideal skincare to repair damaged skin and bring the best possible outcome for scar.

In summary the best treatments or more precisely the best products, including best acne scar treatments, are calendula oil, calendula cream, and/or calendula ointment containing comfrey oil.  These are out top picks for which we have seen very positive results for our clients.  Be sure that the main ingredient of your selected product is pure, natural, with natural fatty acids such as high quality oil (olive, almond, apricot, jojoba for example) while being free of synthetic preservative and petroleum ingredient.