Today’s post is on eczema scars (or any scars, marks, blemishes in general) and how you can efficiently get rid of yours! After all, we are always looking for the fastest, safest way to get rid of eczema scars—and who can blame us?
Eczema and other skin scars from skin issues like acne, pimples, etc., can be embarrassing, and while there are natural remedies and methods that you can do at home, we still want to quicken the scar healing time.
If you’re reading this, then chances are that you can also relate.
I used to have REALLY BAD eczema scarring all over my arms and legs, and marks on my face from pimples. I used to avoid going out in short dresses, skirts or shorts, in order to hide the more noticeable scars.
In my hunt to end scars and find a way to clear my skin, I ended up experimenting with many ways until FINALLY I found something that makes a HUGE difference.
That I’m super excited to share with you today!
Because now, other than a slight brown mark, my eczema scars are barely noticeable! My skin is also a lot clearer and smoother than compared to before.
Because of this, one of the most common questions I usually get asked is how to naturally get rid of eczema scarring!
Now I put a lot of research into this, and so while it IS a bit more complicated than just putting on scar cream, it’s also going to be one of the most efficient long-term strategies you’re going to have for your scars.
Well, not just for your scars: but for your skin in general too!
Because what I’m about to tell you today, is going to work wonders for your ENTIRE body! Personally speaking, my nails, hair, joints, and muscles have never looked or felt more amazing!
(But we’ll discuss more about that in a bit.)
I hope you’re excited, so let me get right to it by introducing you to an underrated BUT incredibly essential substance called:
What is collagen and why do we need it?
Did you know the word “collagen” comes from the Greek word “kolla”, which means glue?
This turns out to be a pretty accurate description, and you may have noticed yourself the ingredient “collagen” in many facial, skin care, scarring, or anti-aging products that promote perpetual youth or clear fresh skin.
This is because collagen plays one of the biggest roles in helping to firm-up and hold your skin together!
Collagen is a fibrous, hard, insoluble protein that makes up one-third of the protein of the human body, and is the most common protein found in mammals. It is most abundant in the skin, bones, and connective tissues.
In fact, there are at least 16 different kinds of collagen found in the body, although the most common types found in the body are type 1, 2, and 3.
Type 1 collagen in particular is extremely flexible and strong — even stronger than steel! Gram for gram in your body. (So you can literally say that you’re stronger than steel!)
Because collagen is responsible for supporting your muscular and skin structure, every single person body NEEDS collagen in order to build healthy skin and provide firmness and strength.
Benefits of collagen
Collagen’s effects have been proven to help prevent against things like wrinkly or saggy skin, cellulite, and bone and joint pain such as arthritis.
Because collagen supports your bone and skin structure, it can dramatically improves skin, nail, and hair growth by generating new skin cells.
Additionally, collagen helps to close skin wounds. This means that it can also help your eczema to form new skin and heal faster!
However since we’re focusing on how collagen works for eczema SCARS, let’s jump right into how collagen improves your scars.
Why scars need collagen
Eczema scars (or any type of scarring for that matter), all start in the same way and generally happens in 3 main phases:
1) Inflammatory Phase: The wound stops weeping or bleeding and starts to close as your body fights the infection.
When your body is trying to create new scar tissue, it requires more nutrients and vitamins to help it repair the broken skin. As I talk about in my video: the key to clear your skin, your gut plays an important role in this, as your immune system and white blood cells help fight against infections.
This is why it’s important that you take steps to lessen inflammation: as it helps the “closing” process to go a lot faster, and in turn results in a smaller scar.
2) Proliferative Phase: Your body produces collagen.
Once your immune system is able to fight against infections efficiently, it then begins the process of collagen formation.
When collagen is produced, your skin starts to pull the edges of the eczema wound together: producing new capillaries and new skin.
You may notice that the skin on a scar doesn’t have any hair follicles or sweat glands. This is because scar tissue is different than the previous skin before and is in fact, new skin! In this phase your body continues to produce cells to keep the wound clean, which sometimes makes it look like it’s wet.
3) Maturation Phase: Your body slowly remodels your skin by producing more collagen.
Finally, your body starts to re-build the scar so that the scar is less noticeable.
With a healthy immune system and the help of more collagen, the eczema scar goes from red and raised to flat and more white colored. — This is what happened to my major scars, until now they are barely noticeable!
As you can see from above, collagen plays a big role in helping your body to close eczema wounds, form new scar tissue, and reduce scars over time.
Factors that disrupt collagen production
While collagen is naturally found in the body, there are some factors that can negatively affect the production of collagen.
Perhaps the biggest unavoidable factor is our age. As part of intrinsic aging, collagen production in the body tends to decline with age.
This is one reason for why a person under 30 tends to look much younger than one over 30.
Over 30-years old, collagen levels in the body drop significantly, which is why wrinkles, fine lines, scars, and spots become more common. Also, because collagen levels have dropped, wounds and scars may not heal or go away as fast, compared to your younger years.
But don’t worry! There are ways to dramatically improve collagen levels even with age, and we’ll discuss that in a bit.
High inflammation in the body.
A diet high in inflammation increases the rate of glycation in the skin. With increased glycation, adjacent proteins are damaged. This makes collagen proteins in your body dry, weak, and brittle.
If you’re eating a diet high in sugar, alcohol, processed foods, sweets, etc., it’s going to damage your collagen production.
Inadequate protein intake.
Mammals have the highest concentration of amino acids and collagen in the body.
Protein from mammals (beef, chicken, lamb, etc.) has been shown to be extremely necessary for the body, as it helps repair damaged tissue and skin cells.
When the body digests these proteins, it breaks it down into various amino acids. The two most important amino acids found in animal proteins are L-Argine and L- Glutamine.
These two amino acids help by creating collagen in the body. They also improve the gut and immune system which helps fight against infections and eczema!
If you don’t have enough animal protein, you may be missing out on these two amino acids that help with collagen production.
Chemicals in tobacco smoke damage both collagen and elastin in the skin, while nicotine narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin. This reduces the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the skin, making the outer skin layers damaged and weak.
How to get more collagen to lessen scarring!
Because of its fast and efficient effects, many plastic surgeons have come up with a method to inject collagen underneath a person’s skin to help lessen or reduce the scar’s appearance. (ouch!)
Unfortunately, those kinds of treatments are quite costly, about $100-$250 per injection round, (ouch again!) not to mention they don’t last very long and you will have to get re-injected every year.
Thankfully, there are some very efficient ways that you can increase the amount of collagen in your diet, without having to go under the needle!
Here are some ways:
Not many people know this, but Vitamin C is extremely vital to the production and formation of collagen. In fact, without Vitamin C, collagen formation is disrupted, and it can cause a wide variety of problems in the body.
Because our bodies do not produce Vitamin C naturally, it’s necessary we get enough of it in our body to help the collagen production.
You can get Vitamin C in through those top fruits and vegetables below (see chart):
However, if you have major eczema problems or large eczema scarring, you can also take a Vitamin-C supplement daily as an efficient way to increase intake.
When my eczema was at its worst, I supplemented with Vitamin-C daily.
Here are a few that I’ve used personally that don’t contain high amounts of fillers and extra chemicals:
Eat more collagen
The simplest way to get more collagen, is to eat it!
Collagen is mainly found in the bone structure, so having beef bone broth, chicken bone broth, etc. is a good way to increase collagen naturally through foods.
Click here to see how to make a bone broth.
Last, but not least!
If you have many of the factors (above) that affect collagen production, or if you want to speed up eczema-wound or scar healing, one of the easiest ways is through collagen supplements.
The way that collagen supplements work is by increasing the collagen in your body to help repair the connective tissue in your skin. For example, when your skin is wounded through eczema and you’re left with a scar, collagen works to help re-build the damaged tissues and restore the skin’s firmness and elasticity.
For collagen supplements, I recommend going for a powdered organic source, rather than settling for the cheaper generic ones. This way you eliminate the risks of reacting to the binders and fillers!
I’ve been using Great Lakes collagen daily in my morning coffee. If you don’t want to drink it, you can add the powder into a bone broth or soup.
Click to view: Great Lakes: Kosher Collagen
I like it because it’s flavorless and from a trusted source. Already I can see a huge difference on my skin, nails, and hair! It’s AMAZING!
Collagen is the secret to heal eczema scars!
If you want a faster way to get rid of those eczema scars, acne/pimple marks, make your skin GLOW, and improve overall wound healing, then increase the amount of collagen in your diet!
I’ve worked with a lot of people that experience big changes in their skin just by implementing the above steps to increase collagen in their diet.
Just by following the steps above, you’re going to see a HUGE difference.
But just remember!
The scarring formation doesn’t just happen once your skin is healed over.
Scarring happens as SOON as your body has a wound or opening from a skin injury or eczema.
As mentioned above, collagen in your body can be damaged by an excessive amount of inflammation in the body, leading to slowed skin healing in the future as well as dark scarring.
If you want to ensure that your scars will be as minimal as possible, it’s important to pay attention to what you put into your body!
• Lessening the inflammation in your body (through proper nutrition) will improve your overall body’s health, and is essential to ensure that your scars will be as minimal as possible.
Follow the steps above to make sure that you also look into your diet, if you really want to get rid of your eczema, as well as your scars!
Are you excited to increase the collagen in your diet? Have you had any experience with collagen for eczema or acne scarring? Hit the reply below and let me know! 😀
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This is very helpful and just well defined.
Thanks Lola, hope it helps for your scars!
Excellent article, Christina! Thanks for the extra information, which is always so timely! I drank my collagen today (and also ate my Great Lakes gelatin!).
Thanks Angela, that’s great you use Great Lakes too!
I’ve been using Great Lakes Collagen for several years at 2T daily and haven’t noticed any difference in clearing eczema or scars-discolorations and eating very healthy and taking some other supplementation.
Hi Susan, good to know you’re taking Great Lakes too! Taking collagen supplements is one way to increase collagen in the body, but also consider other factors such as high inflammation in the body (caused by foods or medicines), as this also negatively effects the body’s natural collagen production. Age also plays a factor: as over 30-years old, collagen levels drop.
If you really want your skin to glow, take the collagen along with having a low-inflammatory diet. By doing this, I’m confident you’ll see changes in your skin instantly! Let me know how things progress!
Try an oatmeal mask, st Ives or make it at home. Also I’m looking into tumeric benefits, Good Luck!
Hey Christina, Im a 19 year old guy with a relatively dark complexion (South Asian). I wasn’t always dark though, but once the eczema kicked in, everything went south(lol) I’ve had eczema for about 8 years now and up until I was 16, it was ridiculously bad. As in, eczema spread over my WHOLE body and soon enough, out went the T-shirts and shorts, and in came the overwhelming self-consciousness. Over the years I’ve made changes to my diet and lifestyle and i’ve seen improvements in my scar appearance (going gym, playing sports etc.). However, the scars still have a fair way to go before they’re gone and I’ve tried everything from taking natural supplements to being placed in a UV chamber. Any further tips on how I can speed up the process?
Hi Asim, have you tried supplementing with Vitamin D-3? I think it could help. I’m attaching a link to an article I published on Vitamin D-3 and Eczema. Feel free to check it out!
To speed up the process follow these steps exactly:
What you’ll need – Papaya soap, soft loofa, any shower moisturizer (preferably with coconut oil or vitamin E) and Palmer’s cocoa butter oil
Process: When showering, use only WARM water as hot can cause redness which leads to blemishes and cold water doesnt clean your skin as well warm water does. Warm water kills germs while not causing any redness. (When coming to the end of your shower, wash body with cold water to close your pores so that they dont open up later and collect dirt in the air).
Scrub problem areas with Papaya soap and loofa for about 10-15 mins. Rinse off, then apply coconut of Vitamin E body wash. Rinse off. Lastly, quick rinse with cold water.
After shower, dry your body COMPLETELY, meaning wipe down gently and then air dry for a few mins.
After completely dry, massage Palmer’s Cocoa butter oil into all problem areas (works on stretch marks too). Be sure to massage for a few mins for skin to absorb the product.
Best to do this routine at night, before bed. Be consistent. You’ll begin to see results in a week.
Tiffiny broooks says
Thanks this information was very informative.
Glad it could help!
I know this is about eczema, which I also have an issue with, but my interest in collagen is mostly for reconstructive purposes at the moment. I’m about to have surgery and I am trying to figure out how I can use collagen as a dietary supplement to reduce scarring. How much is too much to take a day? And should I start taking it immediately?
Hi Cristina, I recently discovered your website since I’ve started my clean eating lifestyle. Your articles are very helpful and down-to-earth. Thank you for starting this website! I see you’ve recommended Great Lakes Collagen. I’ve seen their Gelatine being sold in the Health food store where I live. Can this be used aswell with similar results? Take care, Steph
Thanks for all the clear information.
How can I avoid the beef? Happy if there is a fish source.
Hi Will! Not sure if there is a fish source — they don’t really have dense bones. That being said, you can try increasing collagen naturally through the other ways highlighted in the article! Eating less foods that destroy collagen production, for example, is a good place to start.
Hi! I’ve had eczema for almost a year now (2 months post-pregnancy at the age of 39) and haven’t been totally healed since, after trying oral and topical steroidal medication, antibiotics, UV therapy, colloidal oatmeal moisturizers (which I recently discovered I seemed allergic to and gives me flare-ups), and now just using Mustela Stelatopia brand. I started using Skin Force collagen, from fish scales, for about a month now. Overall, I seem to be having less areas affected on both hands (where my eczema is concentrated on plus some patches on my arms and thighs), except only on fingers now. Still just recently had a flare-up with blisters and oozing, particularly having dishydrotic eczema, but might have eaten something that triggered it lately. Any feedback on fish collagen for eczema? Also want to try a diet, like paleo? Or gluten/dairy/egg free diet. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Kaia Rae says
I have had eczema since I was 3 years old and people didn’t really know what it was or how to treat it in the late 80’s. My mom put both my sister and I on elimination diets (no dairy, then no sugar,citrus or acidic foods) and found that flair ups that would induce scratching and weeping skin were diet related. Acidic food like tomatoes, (ketchup, marinara) mustard, green apples, green grapes, chocolate, etc in excess are triggers to my system. Now I limit my intake of them and be sure to drink LOTS of water to flush my system and keep hydrated.
Your advice about diet is 100% correct! I hope people reading this well written article appreciate the information and run to a health food store for some good food and supplements.
Luce whiter says
Thanks so much, this is actually really helpful. I tried collagen cream but doesn’t seem to work well. I will have to try this oral collagen and up my C.
I pray for you this help me a lot.i have very bad feet eczema with deep cuts.but I also take digestive enzymes.thank you very much.?
Rumana Gilitwala says
Hi I’v had eczema all my life. Right now i have inflammation all over my hands and elbows and feet. (I’m 18)
How should I decrease inflammation on my skin? I really think once the inflammation goes then my skin will be a lot better.
P.s Love your website.
Lots of good ideas for skin here and eating well is essential.
However, eating collagen doesn’t send the collagen we need direct to our skin.
When you eat a protein like the ones found in collagen the protease in your body will simply break it down into amino acids. Your body then builds the proteins it needs from amino acids found in your whole diet. The amino acids found in collagen such as glycine, proline, and arginine are very common and should be present in a healthy diet.
Hi there! That may be true for regular collagen proteins, however if you get the one I talk about in the video (hydrolyzed kind) that one goes directly to your skin via the bloodstream. 🙂
I will be sure to watch your video. The healing of scars is what gets to me the most-thought my skin might be damaged forever. I figured maybe I’d be able to prevent eczema coming back-and I’d much prefer healing the inside of me rather than rely on moisturisers and steroid creams which is what I have recently resorted to- but I thought my skin would always have really obvious white scars where I had scratched repeatedly, etcetera no matter what. I studied nutrition at university but the typical nutritional advice did NOT leave me to be healthy which was so frustrating, and I got very sick. I have gradually found out what some of my diet triggers are and learned about holistic nutrition and there is a lot of nonsense out there-which I’ve found out through trial and error. Your eczema advice really seems 100% on point – the best I have found ever- so knowing this really makes me hopeful that this collagen supplement is a legit thing. Your skin looks so clear in pictures I find it hard to believe you ever even had eczema at all, you’re gorgeous! I’m going to follow the dietary advice etc that you are outlining on this site start today with your plan-I really think it will work and look into purchasing this supplement a bit later once I have watched your videos etc. Lots of love to you 🙂 Melody from New Zealand
Jenny S. says
You are an inspiration! My sister’s daughter has Eczema, and I see how much struggle it is for the both of them, both financially and emotionally. What is the minimum age requirement for that Great Lakes Collagen food supplement? My niece just turned nine years old. Thanks for sharing!
Wendy @ Power Your Skin says
When it comes to Vitamin C, I only think of fruits of lemon, orange, and other citrus fruits but never thought that papaya is really rich also in Vitamin. I am eating papaya because I know it is good for a radiant and healthy skin. I am also fond of cooking food with beef bone broth. Bone broth from beef tastes really delicious. Thanks for sharing this information about food rich in collagen.
Melissa lee says
I’m glad I stumbled upon your site because it honestly made me feel alot better about myself. I had eczema ever since i was younger but it started majorly flaring and spreading these past 6 months. I recently took a food sensitivity test and it said beef is high for me.. do you think I could still take this beef gelatin collagen or would you recommend something else?
Thanks for sharing!
I’ve had eczema since I was 5 years old, it was doing better but now its spread on my arms, hands, neck, and face, when I really watch my foods my skin goes to completely normal EXCEPT I still have ( flat ) but white eczema scarring ) which is only visible in the summer time when I get tan! I don’t know what to do about it, I avoided being outside last summer, but the 2 before that every time summer came around, the eczema scars were really noticeable, I didn’t care before what people thought because I knew after the summer it goes back to normal and I’m fine again, but I don’t want to go through it anymore, since I’m on social media and going to California, Florida, Hawaii, this summer. Has anyone had this problem and could just going to get a tan in a tanning saloon make it all turn tanned ? ( before summer time ) ??