Coconut Oil And Scars

Scarring is a critical part of the healing process after a wound, injury, skin inflammation, or surgical site has healed and generally happens in three phases. If you take very good care of your wound and your whole body right from the start, this will greatly aid your body in the scar tissue healing process.

The scarring healing process takes about a year to complete but for many, it takes longer. Scars look different depending on which part of the body they are on, and will also vary quite a bit depending on the age of the person. It is thought that genetics may play a part in whether a person has a tendency to develop more noticeable scarring.
Scar tissue is not exactly the same as the original body tissue that existed before the injury, and it usually does not work as well. For example, hair follicles and sweat glands do not grow within scar tissue. One exception to this is the healing process within bone tissue, which is capable of healing without losing its full capacities.

The Stages of Scar Tissue Healing

Inflammatory Phase – in this stage, your wound stops bleeding or oozing fluid or pus. White blood cells fight off infections and your body begins the process of collagen formation. This inflammatory phase of wound healing and can last from two days to about week.

Proliferative Phase – now your body continues to produce collagen, pulling the edges of the wound or acne sore together, producing new capillaries. The proliferative phase can cause red bumps in the wound and a thickening of the edges of the wound. Your body will produce cells to keep the wound clean, which causes it to look wet.

Maturation Phase – in this final phase of scar tissue healing, your body produces more collagen and slowly reforms the scar so that the excess collagen is removed and the scar becomes less noticeable. Over the next six to eighteen months’ time your wound can transform from red and raised to flatter and more white colored. Scars often do not reach their final appearance for up to two years.

Coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids dramatically increase the rate at which wounds heal by stimulating collagen production and turn-over. Also, new blood vessels form more quickly in skin treated with virgin coconut oil. All of this aids the body in producing healthy skin that is free of scarring.