When your skin suffers an injury, such as a piercing, your cells produce a substance known as collagen to close the wound. If you allow a navel piercing to heal without jewelry in place, the collagen forms a tough, fiber-like tissue that makes a scar. Scars often have a different texture and do not match the tone of the surrounding skin. Over years, a scar fades and turns a color closer to your natural skin tone. While it is not possible to remove a scar completely, you can help it fade faster with proper skin care.
Combine lemon juice and water in a small bowl and stir with a spoon. Use a funnel to pour the lemon juice mixture into a small bottle and add two drops of lavender essential oil. Place the cap on the bottle and shake lightly for 20 seconds.
Soak a cotton ball in the lemon juice mixture and rub it onto the skin of your belly button. Massage the solution into your skin using your thumb and forefinger for two minutes.
Wet the pad of an adhesive bandage with three drops of lavender essential oil and place it over the scar on your belly button.
Remove the adhesive bandage after 12 hours and discard. Re-apply the lemon juice solution and repeat the massaging process before applying a new soaked bandage.
Repeat the process for at least one month to reduce the appearance of the belly-piercing scar.
Do not wet the bandage with the lemon juice mixture as the acids can burn your skin and worsen the scar. Store the lemon juice mixture in your refrigerator and discard any unused portion after two weeks.
- "The New Science of Perfect Skin: Understanding Skin Care Myths and Miracles For Radiant Skin at Any Age"; Daniel Yarosh; 2008
- "Home Remedies for Skin Care"; Rajasir; 2008
- "The Piercing Bible: The Definitive Guide to Safe Body Piercing"; Elayne Angel; 2009
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