How to Reduce Scars With Fish Oil

By Casey Anderson

Though fish oil is usually ingested orally as a supplement, some dermatologists advocate topical use of fish oil, which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, on skin lesions. Several scientific studies have demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids have some therapeutic value in healing minor wounds and reducing scars because of their anti-inflammatory properties. Topical application is most commonly practiced as a method of reducing acne scars, but fish oil can be used on other scars and on minor burns.

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Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

Step 1

Purchase fish oil in gel capsules, the most common form in which the supplement is manufactured.

Step 2

Wash your hands and the area where you will apply the oil. Use soap and water.

Step 3

Make a small hole in one capsule, using a pin or sewing needle. Do not cut the capsule in half with scissors.

Step 4

Rub the oil directly on the scar. Allow the oil to dry.

Step 5

Repeat the application once or twice per day.