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How to remove permanant bruising also known as "track marks" from past IV drug use?

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My first recommendation for you is that you check out our scars page here on There you can read about specific remedies such as gotu kola, aloe, and onion in detail. Also, you may consider looking at one of our sister sites, if you are still grappling with IV drug use.

The scars caused by repeated injury to the skin such as happens with IV drug use may be very difficult to remove. Scarring is one way that we heal when the body is unable to repair itself perfectly with the original tissue that was damaged. In the case of IV drug use, healing may be complicated by infection, a compromised immune system, and perhaps even a lack of proper nutrition which provides the building blocks for tissue generation. Scars may be discolored, puff outward as in a keloid, or may sink inward with thinner tissue than healthy skin.

The truth is, there may be no way to completely erase the damage that has been done, but there is hope that you can at the very least improve their appearance. Over time, any darkened areas should fade. There are a myriad of natural remedies that have been used with some success to treat scars. The success of these treatments will depend on the severity of your scars and generally require consistent use for an extended period of time as they work slowly and gently.

If your scars are discolored or hyperpigmented (darker than the normal surrounding skin), a product that lightens the scar is preferable. A natural option for this would be lemon juice which is thought to work as a bleaching agent. Lemon juice has the added benefit of providing alpha hydroxy acids, which are chemical exfoliants and aid in the removal of dead skin cells. In addition, you can make a paste of lemon juice, honey, and sugar and apply it to the scars. The sugar acts as a mechanical exfoliant and the honey soothes the skin. In addition, people have used topical vitamin A, vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil, Lavender oil, and oral Vitamin C supplementation to support scar healing and reduction. There is also a naturally derived over-the-counter product that uses Allium Cepa, also known as Cepalin, an onion extract that has been demonstrated to reduce scars. All treatments, though likely beneficial, can also pose a risk. The ones suggested here may rarely cause skin irritation, photosensitivity, or contact dermatitis. When considering any of these options, be sure to consult with your regular healthcare professional to determine the best one for your particular situation. If your scars are particularly bad, consult with a dermatologist. They may be able to recommend specific skin peel or laser regimens.

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