How to Get Rid of Purple Scars

How to Get Rid of Purple Scars

When the skin has experienced trauma due to injury or surgery, the healing process produces scar tissue, which usually creates a visible scar. Although most scars are initially red in color, many scars turn purple. This is very common in scars caused by burns, boils, and acne. The purple color can make the scar stand out even more, which can be embarrassing, especially if it is in a prominent location such as your face. Although the purple coloring can be a natural part of the scar maturation process, there are steps you can take to fade it.

Proper Wound Healing and Prevention

One way to reduce the abnormal purple pigmentation is to ensure that the wound heals properly. When you experience a skin injury, treat it right away. Clean it to reduce the risk of infection. Be sure to keep the wound covered and moist during the healing process. Use of an antibacterial cream can help to reduce infection while keeping the wound moist. Acne, too, can cause purple scarring so avoid causing more inflammation and avoid picking at it. (Read: Skin Care Tips for Acne Prone Skin)

Treat the Scar with the Right Ingredients

One of the best ingredients in a topical scar therapy is vitamin C, which helps the skin create normal collagen, an important component of healthy skin. It also helps fade the excess pigmentation seen in some scars. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that supports the body’s natural healing and fights free radicals that contribute to scarring by damaging the skin at a cellular level. Vitamin C also reduces the risk of inflammation and infection, which can also contribute to the abnormal purple color and other forms of hyperpigmention.

Another ingredient to look for in your scar cream is silicone, which helps to flatten and fade scars. Licorice root extract is also a powerful ingredient as it promotes healing while also lightening hyperpigmentation.

When to See a Doctor

Complete healing from any trauma to the skin can take time, which can be frustrating. However, if you find that your scar seems to be getting worse, see your doctor to make sure everything is healing properly. A doctor can also discuss other options for treating scars and hyperpigmentation, such as laser surgery or microdermabrasion.

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  1. The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Angharad powell says:

    Hi my daughter got bit by a dog 3 and a half years ago. She is 5 now and she is left with a nasty scar above her lip. It is purple in colour and have tried silicone, maderma, etc. Currently trying revitol scar cream. Is there anything you can recommend to try and fade the purple colour caused by this scar. Thankyou

  3. Sarahlala says:

    Hi I’m 19 and gain a bit of work right recently due to stress. And noticedthqt the top of my bum, my thighs and breast have purple scaring. I feel like my breaks are getting worse because they’re more noticeable and when I go the feel it they feel like I’ve had scars their for ages. What should I do?

    • Hi Sarah, this sounds like stretch marks and not scars. It happens when the skin is stretched. There is no topical treatment that can get rid of stretch marks, although sometimes a vitamin c treatment can help to fade the purple (minimally.) We’d recommend to talk to your dr about any options he/she can suggest.

  4. Maricela says:

    I have had a problem with my face since last year I got better little by little but are having the same problem I have skin infection of acne and went to see my doctor and recommend medication to kill the infection I see myself worst and have purple in all my face is that normal o r is it because I am drinking the medication will I get better?

  5. Harriet makori says:

    Hey I was beaten by my step mum and what she was beating me with is a pipe on my thigh it has marks what can I remove them with

  6. I got a cut on my wrist about 3 weeks ago and I thought it was fully healed, so I happened to put skin bleaching cream on it (to reduce scarring) since I thought it was ok. The next morning when I woke up it had turned red/purple and has been that way for the past 4-5 days now despite immediately having washed that off and constantly cleaning it with Bactine, Neosporin and dabs of Tea Tree Oil. What should I do?

    • Hi Mahara, skin bleaching cream is really bad for your skin as you have found out. We advise to never use it. Bactine, Neosporin and tea tree oil will have no effect on fading the redness and purple discoloration. It’s best to apply a scar treatment with a stable form of Vitamin C to fade it.

  7. I had what appeard to be bug bites on my arm that unfortunately I not only kept scratching, I picked at the scabs and now have purple scars where all the bites were, how can I get rid of the purple scarring?

  8. Hi!I have acne scars and they had been red this whole time.However,one morning when I woke up my scars(not all) had turned blue-purple-ish.Is it serious?

  9. Hi
    I had a problem with boils on my buttocks for a while which has since subsided, but now I’m left with embarrassing purple scars and am not sure what is safe to use to help fade them? Scars are located in intergluteal cleft.

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