Why Do My Scars Turn Dark? The Basics Behind Scar Discoloration

When we have a wound, like a scrape, cut, or surgical incision, our bodies need to heal that opening quickly. For larger wounds, it would take far too long for normal skin cells to fill in the gaping gaps that are left behind. For this reason, scar tissue is created rapidly to fill these gaps, and the scar tissue is slowly restructured over time. When you think about it, this is really quite a smart biological solution to a very serious problem. Without scar tissue, wound healing would take ages, and we would be much more prone to infection during this time.

The downside, of course, is that scar tissue doesn’t look like normal skin tissue. For some people, this doesn’t bother them, but for others (or those with scar tissue in very critical places, like the face), this is a problem worth finding a solution to. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what causes scar discoloration, how to lighten scars, and some solutions for scar discoloration treatment you can use at home.

What Causes Scar Discoloration?

Because scar tissue is different from normal skin tissue, it tends to look very different as well. Normal skin tone is relatively uniform over the entire body, varying slightly in more sensitive areas. However, scar tissue has its own color palette, depending on how recent the scar tissue was produced. Just like stretch marks (which are also scars), scars from wounds go through a couple of stages.

When scars first form, they are dark with a reddish or purple hue. This color fades over time, but scars don’t usually fade completely to your normal skin tone. However, in some cases, scars either remain or become discolored even after the healing has finished. When scars stay dark or turn dark due to melanin production, they’re known as  hyperpigmented scars. Keloid scars can also be darker than the surrounding skin. 

Preventing Scar Discoloration

The best thing you can do to prevent scar discoloration is to let your wound heal properly, aiding it with natural means and using scar massage once the wound has fully healed. You can also use topical ointments and scar treatments to help your scar restructure itself properly in the time after the healing stage

Keep in mind that sometimes scar discoloration happens and there’s nothing you could have done to prevent it; it doesn’t necessarily mean that you did anything wrong. In fact, some skin types are just more prone to developing darker scars.

How To Lighten Scars: At-Home Remedies

Now, keep in mind that everyone’s scar journey will be different, just as every scar is different, so some of these at-home remedies may not work well for you. However, the following topical ingredients may help you reduce the appearance and darkness of your scar. If you’re looking for a skincare product that will fit the bill, be on the lookout for these five scar care ingredients.

  • Lemon juice
  • Vitamin E cream
  • Olive oil
  • Aloe vera
  • Baking soda
  • Cocoa butter
  • Massage
  • Lavender oil
  • Rosehip oil
  • Mustard seed oil

How To Lighten Scars: Scar Esthetique

If you’re wondering how to lighten scars and are looking for a scar discoloration treatment, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Rejuvaskin, we’ve made it our life’s work to find and combine high-quality ingredients that give unparalleled results when it comes to skincare. Part of our commitment to high-quality skincare led us to create our Scar Esthetique silicone scar cream, a unique blend of scar-specific ingredients like botanicals, silicone, anti-oxidants, and polypeptides into one sensitive skin package.


Do you have a stubborn, dark scar that won’t lighten up? Try our Scar Esthetique silicone scar cream today!