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Healing Scar Tissue After Skin Cancer Surgery


Author: Jane M.
Skill: Reiki Practitioner
Date: 08-22-2013
Views: 8,257
Word Count: 196
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 8827-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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After a basal cell cancer was removed from one side of my nose, I've had two "repair" jobs by a plastic surgeon. The final surgery was three months ago, and the result is rather rough scar tissue which will gradually "mature" over at least six months. My surgeon recommended a silicone gel, applied twice daily, to enhance smoothing and flattening the tissue, hoping for an aesthetic scar outcome.

I've seen little change in the affected skin so far and recently asked my Young Living mentor if she could recommend any essential oils to assist in this healing. She suggested I try "Gentle Baby" and "Rose Ointment,": which I've been applying at night while still using the silicone gel by day.

In the two weeks since starting these two products, there's been a noticeable improvement in the scar tissue. It may well be that after three months, what is happening is the effects of the gel beginning to manifest; but I feel that the addition of "Gentle Baby" and "Rose Ointment" is playing a significant role. Especially as this scar tissue is in the middle of my face, seeing this recent improvement is very encouraging.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: skin-cancer — Frankincense and myrrh showed anticancer effects.Link
2.Associated topics: skin-cancer — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
3.Associated topics: scars — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
4.Associated topics: scars — "[A] pulverized mixture of four herbs including Agrimonia Eupatoria (A), Nelumbo Nucifera Gaertn (N), Boswellia Carteri (B) [Frankincense], and Pollen Typhae Angustifoliae (P)... was first described in Chinese canonical medicine about 2000 years ago for treatment of various trauma disorders, such as hemostasis [bleeding], anti-inflammatory, analgesia [pain], and wound healing, etc.... [W]e showed that local ANBP treatment not only significantly enhanced wound healing by relieving inflammation, increasing formation of granulation tissue, and accelerating re-epithelialization, but [it] also reduced scar formation by decreasing collagen production [and] protuberant height and volume of scars and [by] increasing collagen maturity.... [Results show that ANBP] promot[es] wound healing and alleviat[es] scar formation, which may be an effective therapy for human wounds at the earliest stage."Link

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