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How to Lighten Scars at Home

I've always had sensitive skin and scarred easily, but I've found ways to minimize the size and darkness of these blemishes.

There are a few products and techniques that can lighten dark scars like this one.

There are a few products and techniques that can lighten dark scars like this one.

Soap and Cream for Scars

I've had sensitive skin since childhood and it has challenged me for years. Mosquito bites have always been my enemy. I can't stand wearing shorts for even an hour without having to scratch my exposed legs, leaving my skin red, sometimes bleeding, and ultimately scarring. As a child, it didn't really bother me. By the time I began college, my old habits had left me so many dark scars on my lower body that, out of embarrassment, I was no longer comfortable wearing shorts outside my room. I would always wear pajamas or denim pants and only seldom wear knee-length or above-the-knee garments.

I knew then that I was different from others, including my friends and even from my siblings, none of whom had my problem. My mother told me that I inherited my grandmother's skin type and that all I had to do was take extra care of my skin and try to avoid places that are likely to harbor mosquitoes, fleas, and other insects that bite. It was hard. The fact that it seemed like I couldn't do anything to cure my skin problem caused my confidence to slowly dwindle. I don't remember attending a formal gathering in a short dress without wearing stockings and closed-toed shoes.

This personal predicament led me to seek ways to lighten my old childhood scars as well as my inevitable new ones. I never considered trying out any form of cosmetic operation, as I am too scared. I wanted something non-invasive, as I am very afraid of irreversibly damaging my skin. With this in mind, I became fascinated by simple, topical remedies for my overly-sensitive skin. After trying whitening lotions and using whitening soaps, neither of which worked the way I expected them to, I opted to look for less ordinary and familiar regimens. Eventually, I found a few items that gave me good results, and I continue to use them to this day.

The Best Products for Lightening Scars

  1. Perla White Soap and Luffa
  2. Asian Secrets Lurlur Body Scrub
  3. BL Cream
Perla White Soap and Luffa

Perla White Soap and Luffa

1. Perla White Soap and Luffa

The first two items are a detergent soap and a natural body scrubber. To be honest, I never thought this would work for me. Perla White Soap had been a household name in the Philippines in hand-washing clothes, particularly in laundering white garments and baby stuff as it is very effective in bleaching and removing stains. I remember my mother would always have a Perla soap in her laundry basket. She said it doesn't hurt the skin and is very effective as a whitening laundry soap. I had also been using the soap in my own laundry for quite some time now and it never failed me. The packaging has changed, but it is the same old Perla since the first time I remembered my mother using it. Perla is actually an organic soap made of mostly coconut-based components, which is why it is not harsh and does not leave the skin dry like other detergent soaps do.

Luffa (also spelled loofah or loofa) as maybe most us know, is the dried inner portion of a fruit that belongs to the cucumber family. It is a natural scrubber that has an exfoliating effect on the skin. Before I came to know the plastic bath scrubbers, I had been using luffa already as my elder sister was also using it. On first use, luffa usually feels rough on the skin. To avoid this, thoroughly soak the newly-bought luffa in the water, squeeze, and rub your body soap onto it, or pour over your favorite foam bath, massage until rich lather forms, and then proceed with cleansing the skin.

Just replace your bath soap with Perla and target those dark scars, particularly on your legs and arms. If you are not comfortable with the smell or prefer the scent of your favorite bath soap, just use Perla on the affected areas and use your desired soap on the other parts of your body. Leave it for at least 3 minutes and wash it off. Do this on a daily basis and you will see some improvements after at least a month. Use whitening lotion after patting the skin dry, especially in the morning before going out.

Asian Secrets Lulur Body Scrub

Asian Secrets Lulur Body Scrub

2. Asian Secrets Lulur Body Scrub

When Solenn Heussaff endorsed Asian Secrets Body Scrub, my best friend became curious and, used it right away. She was the one who told me about this new product she saw on TV, which I did not happen to catch on my boob tube at that time. She only told me that she liked the smoothing effect on the skin as well as the scent. She forgot about the whitening part, maybe because she has a light complexion as well. I got interested in her little endorsement and bought my own, the 135g tub, at Watsons for only PHP 80.00. It is also available in the supermarket section of malls. I am not the type who readily believes in TV ads. I am more of a believer in personal testimonials from people I personally know. This discovery has given me more than smooth skin and a nice scent, but also improved the color of my scars.

Asian Lulur is an imported item manufactured in Indonesia. Since "Lulur" is new to me, I took the time to earnestly read the label and it did make a lot of sense and made me even more curious. Here's the writing in the label:

"Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub is a beauty treatment which originated from the royal palaces of Java, Indonesia and inspired by a ritual called lulur. Lulur was originally intended for the bride-to-be in order to beautify, smoothen, and whiten her skin before the wedding day."

The underlined portion was so new to me for a whitening body scrub that I got excited trying it out right away. I was once a bride so I very well know and can relate to the preparations taken "before the wedding day."

When using Asian Secret, just rub it on dry skin to achieve desirable results. Then rinse afterward. So far, the results are very favorable.

The Benefits of Asian Lulur, which I personally can tell are true, as stated on the label are:

  • It gently exfoliates and remove dead skin cells to smoothen and give it a radiant glow.
  • It reduces skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone by getting rid of dark patches, epecially in areas prone to darkening like the elbows, knees, armpits, and the area between the thighs.
  • It moisturizes and leaves the skin with a light fragrant scent.

With reference to the second item though, I have not tried it on my armpits yet as I am more comfortable using Calamansi instead. I am just not comfortable rubbing beads on my armpits. But it should work as well as it does on elbows, knees, etc.

Don't forget to apply some whitening lotion after taking a bath, especially in the morning.

BL Cream

BL Cream

3. BL Cream

BL cream is applied after taking a bath. It is specifically very effective in soothing new scars or skin discoloration as an effect of mosquito bites or just rashes.

My mother had been using the cream on my baby nephew whenever he got rashes from anything (such as diapers). The first time I got acquainted with it was when she asked me to buy one. I was surprised that it only costs PHP 25.00 in a Chinese store and the price is still the same now. The one I gave to my mother was bought over a year ago when my nephew was barely a year old.

The fact that it is safe and effective on infants made me keep one for myself as I have sensitive skin and I often get red patches due to mosquito bites.

One time after my fieldwork, which is part of my job, I found my upper arms itching like hell due to mosquito bites. I thought the arm cover I wore would suffice but I was told that mosquitoes and other insects are much more in number and in aggressiveness in low-chemical plantations. When I got back to my office nearly 2 hours after and removed the covers, I was eerily surprised with the red, others turning black, spots. When I got home, I was afraid of doing the scrubbing as my arms are already irritated from scratching. I realized then I could use BL cream as topical remedy and applied it every morning before going to office and in the evening before bedtime. I saw results after only 2 weeks. Since then, I always keep at least 1 tube at home. I would definitely recommend BL cream for instant relief to new scars from insect bites. Be sure to buy it from reliable Chinese stores as there are fake ones also.

My life has been so much better with these four precious items. If you are wondering whether I am doing the Perla and the Lulur scrubbing at the same time, it's a no. I tried once, but realized too much scrubbing isn't good for me as I have thin, delicate skin that I easily get scrapes from scratching or scrubbing. So I do it alternately. It's important to know your skin well so you know just the right pressure to apply while scrubbing.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2013 iamheaven


Joana Rose on June 25, 2019:

What is the procedure for using those beauty products to lighten the scars. I mean what are the steps. Because i want to try this. Hopefully it will work on my scars! :) Thankyou..

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on April 26, 2019:

Hi Alexis, BL cream is most effective on new scars I would have to say :)

Alexis on April 16, 2019:

Hi is LS BL Cream visible to use in old scar i mean does it will remove old scars?

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on January 23, 2019:

yes you can. let me know results :)

AZUL on January 22, 2019:

can i use BL CREAM for my scars from chicken pox??

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on December 06, 2018:

Hi Nathalie, just try and give me feedback. I have not tried it myself because I do not have acne problems. I can vouch for its effectivity for new scars though :)

Nathalie:) on November 26, 2018:

HI! I just want to ask if BL cream can remove old acne scars? or old scars?

Joy on July 09, 2018:

I'm Joy, i just want to ask if BL Cream is also effective on chicken pox scars?

Dianne on December 02, 2017:

Hi..i have scar on my neck..and i really want to lighten them

Cynthia885 on October 25, 2017:

Ordered dermalmd scar serum to try and minimize some child hood scars from playing sports and just being a kid in general. So far it has lessened that appearance of my scars!! It has a nice minty smell to it but it is not over powering and goes away within a few minutes so no one ever knows I have it on!!

Emcy on August 28, 2017:

Great compilation!!

I also have the same type of skin, all red marks turn brown/black marks even w/o wound.

I just started using BL cream on new scars and it does work. It will lighten on the first week of use.

As for Lulur, I like to use it on my legs to lessen the brownish marks on my pores from waxing. It does help and eventually it will lighten.

Of course, application needs to be done regularly.

rawan jaber on June 14, 2017:

i was wondering if these methods would work on my scars that are out of a scratch?

Berlin on April 08, 2017:

What whitening lotion are you using?

KaitlynKristy45 on April 03, 2017:

Dermalmd Scar Serum is the best multipurpose product! It lightens old scars when used on a daily basis and massaged in thoroughly. I also lighten dark spots and softens skin instantly. It gives skin a beautiful soothing glow.

KaitlynKristy45 on March 21, 2017:

You can use dermalmd serum for lighten scars naturally. this serum works great for smoothing and fading of old scars from high school. I finally feel like I can wear short sleeves again!

chenchen santos on February 10, 2017:

College student po ako and i have old scars this scars is since i was grade 1. I cant wear shorts and dress because of my scars. Is it true that the asian lulur product can help me to remove my scars?

Aya on December 01, 2016:

Hello, Asian Lulur Secret is very effective, I tried to use this product and it really enlightened my skin, specially my legs with dark spot and scars. :)

danna on November 18, 2016:

hi my legs was full of scars coz of allergies can u help me

WyethB on August 10, 2016:

Hi, I just want to ask if you wear stocking or long socks just to hide your scars when you were highschool because I dont know what to decide now,next week is our class. I used my longs socks since grade 5 and I'm grade 10 now and my friend and my sister told me not to use those corny stockings because I'm becoming "manang" they said. I like to wear an ordinary socks but the other side of me is so ashamed and not ready to be judged. I just want to know your experience about your highschool life because I'm tired of wearing long socks but I dont want to be judged.

mekhy on June 07, 2016: so depressed...i can no longer hang out with my friends becauseof having pimples ...what will i do...can you give me some tips to lessen my acne......

FrancyzaLima on May 18, 2016:

I have a scar on my elbow from a car crash many moons ago - nothing seems to help - tried Bio oil no luck - Dermalmd Scar Serum only been using it a few days and it seems to be "disappearing"!! also used on some stretch marks which I have from carrying my son.....and yes seems to working there too!!So so far incredibly impressed!!!

minkiyani30 on October 05, 2015:

Hi! I just turned 19 last week. And what last week was I had chickenpox. Worse birthday ever. To think that Im already 19 then i just had this chickenpox. So yeah, it left me a lot of chickenpox scars mostly on my neck face legs thighs and under my shirt. I'll try this. Hopefully it will work on my scars! ;)

meranne on September 20, 2015:

Hi, I just want to know, is BL cream recommended for kids, like 6-7 years old? My daughter has scars because of mosquito bites and dust.. Is it safe for kids' skin? Thank you!

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 20, 2015:

hi Ericka, go ahead and try Asian Lulur. Just a tip: do not over-rub it on your skin. same for perla-luffa combination if ever you would like to try it as well. Over-rubbing may hurt your skin. Most of the time, because of our desperation or need for "quick fix", we tend to overdo things thinking that by doing so we are speeding up results when the correct way of doing it is by doing the normal process regularly. Key is doing it regularly. :)

Ericka on July 19, 2015:

Hi, I'm 14 years old and January this year, I had chicken pox and it left me a bunch of dark scars all over my body. As in, everywhere! It is noticeable because I kinda have a light skin tone ( not very light tho, just normal) I'm even embarrassed to wear P.E shorts in school. I lost all the confidence left in me. I really want these scars to lighten but i'm not sure if we're talking about the same kind of scars? Do you think the Asian Lulur will work for dark spots caused by chicken pox? Help me please T^T

Kaye on July 12, 2015:

Hi! I have the same case old scar.. im using skinmate sharks oil then after 3 days my scar is peeling but its just the same the scar still on my legs.. i just really hoping that even lighten it is ok to me. Plss help me how can i remove my brown old scar

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on June 15, 2015:

hi makeitloud. let me know your results :)

makeitloud on June 15, 2015:

I have ugly scars on my legs. There are childhood and new scars. Because of these, I cannot wear shorts, mini skirts and dresses. I have tried lots of whitening products but none of them removed my awful scars. After reading this blog of yours, I got inspired and I will definitely give it a try. :) I am really hoping that this regimen will work on me.

niks on May 25, 2015:

Can i replace perla white with perla papaya?

Nyleziah Lawan on May 23, 2015:

Hi :) I am so motivated after reading this hub. I have the same problem din. Since i was in hs. I can't even wear shorts . Naiingit nga ako sa iba dahil May Mga Makikinis silang balat. We'll nakita ko to ay binasa ko nagkaroon ako ng pag asa. Im 21 now and i still have the scars . Nag lighten na sya onti bit still i didn't have that confidence to wear short. Yung perla ba Nakaka lighten ba talaga sya ng Scar? Hope you reply.

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on May 15, 2015:

hi cherlyn, just try it and let me know your results :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on May 15, 2015:

hi HIL. thank you for sharing your experience! :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on May 15, 2015:

Hi aivie, try the regimen and let me know your results :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on May 15, 2015:

luff is a dried fruit (or veggie? sorry :)), minus the skin and the flesh. It is widely used as a sponge. try looking for it in local stores like watsons. :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on May 15, 2015:

Hi Peacengi, suggest you try just one first: lulur or the perla-luffa. If you have sensitive skin, scrubbing using both may be too much on your skin. just a thought though :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on May 15, 2015:

hi yahn, sorry but i haven't tried any other cream as of the moment. Will post as soon as I get to try something else that really works :)

emy on May 05, 2015:

i'm gonna try these :)

But can i ask you for your STEP by STEP PROCEDURE in doing all these please :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on April 26, 2015:

hi jean, just do the regimen religiously. you should be able to notice improvement in 1 month :)

Peacengi on April 16, 2015:

Should I use lulur after scrubbing with perla & lufa? :)

amor power on March 13, 2015:

very convincing ,

Rhiene Acebuche from Montalban, Rizal on February 21, 2015:

ate san po ba makakabili ng Ls Bl soap ?

kim on February 07, 2015:

Hi was looking for ways to lighten scars and saw your blog. Just have a question. You use perla+luffa everyday, right? How about the lulur? When do you use it? How many times a week? Thanks!

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on January 23, 2015:

hi lai, to be honest, before I did it for more than a month because i got really tired of being ashamed of wearing shorts or skirts, and always wearing pants, jeans, pajamas. right now, since I can wear shorts already, i didn't have to do it very religiously. But I always have my lulur tub in the shower.. Sometimes i still buy Perla + luffa.. I only use BL cream for "emergency cases", like just this week, when I fixed my christmas tree at home, I had irritations on my skin after. Must be with the dust coz to fix my tree, I had to hug it tight squeezing it, so I can fit it in a box. I was really scratching my arms after. they were itchy like hell! Then the next day, i noticed discolorations on my skin. I thought it will just be gone but on second day, no improvement still and still itchy at times. My husband even told me i might have an allergic reaction which I did not believe :) I immediately put on BL cream after taking a bath. it took me 4 days (only one application per day) to get rid of the dark patches on both arms. :) i'm right, definitely not an allergy :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on January 23, 2015:

Hi agie, sorry for the late reply. New scars, all gone. i am trying now to get rid of another batch of new ones from insect bites! Haha... Old scars, all lightened but still continuing my regimen above :)

abs on January 10, 2015:

use bl cream with caution and should not be longer than a month cause it contains steroid

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on December 08, 2014:

Hi via.. just try it. and let me know your experience :)

Yang Colonia on November 10, 2014:

hi. ask ko lang po kung ipagsasaby po ba yung perla at lulur?? at anu yung first na gmitin q perla tas lulur aftr? pls reply ...

Yang Colonia on November 10, 2014:

hiii . i was wndering if ano ang uunhin ko .the perla-luffa first or thea lulur?? and if is okay to apply this both ..

jerame on October 02, 2014:

how long it would affect??? does bL cream very effective?

xiv on September 12, 2014:

Hi. Is it okay to use other scrubber except from luffa? Because I don't have one. Thanks.

Mitchycoih on September 12, 2014:

Hi po pano po ba malalaman ang authenticated at fakena BL cream ?? Thanks po.. Please reply

tullypap from Philippines on September 09, 2014:

Hi, I like your article. By the way, I am also trying to cure my scars with virgin coconut oil.

ruby on August 25, 2014:

I have scar in my nose I'm 29 old now but my scar I get when I was 3 old in black scars I'm very shy to going out bcoz of this? Some one can give me opinion how to make white this scar bcoz I'm scared to make sergury poss any suggest?

Summer on August 22, 2014:

Hi, I'm actually using perla papaya as my facial cleanser for 6 years. It helps me reduce my acne scars and dark spots. It also has a whitening effect so I don't use any whitening cream or lotion to my face. It will take about 2-3 weeks before you can see the visible change. I hope this will help you.. :)

sita on August 12, 2014:

hi where do you buy your BL cream? i don't know any chinese drugstores. thanks

betrayerdoll on August 10, 2014:

Hi! I'm curious about using the perla. Is it really effective and where can I buy the BL cream here in Makati? I have my childhood scars so I'm desperate searching for the best way to remove it. Thanks :)

chiz on August 09, 2014:

I also have the same problem po. I am 25 y o and suffering from the dark spots since i was a child. I tried a lot of products and just does not work for me. Ill try this one out. Hopefully it works on my 8 y old scars po on both legs.

yana on August 06, 2014:

uhmm....where can i buy that luffa??

din2x on August 03, 2014:

hi..,im your new follower here in dumaguete city.I have a problem with my just because,i have a radish/itchy skin problem...its new to me.what im going to do to remove it ?thank you...(:)

Jae Alontar on July 22, 2014:

Hi! im Jae and im 14 years old, i Used this and i must say you did a really good job! I bought the Asians lulur, Perla and Loofa scrub and it did really well on my skin! :) plus Lulur Smells incredibly Wonderful! I really thank you for the tip! Thumbs up for you ^__^

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

Hi irah. Let me know how it was :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

Hi margy, thank you for sharing your experience. It surprised me to know it is also being used as whitening agent for underarms. My issue on armpit is it's a relatively sensitive area down there, especially after shaving or plucking. I hope you're ok and didn't get hurt..

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

Hi gillian, i think a follow up question to your question is how old is old? As for me, i tried BL cream on my insect bites which is about a week or so old at that time of application. :) im not saying that it might not work on very old scars. I just haven't tried it on my very old scars yet. I'm into scrubbing through for my old ones especially those scars from relatively deep wounds :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

Hi scarsproblem, let me know results :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

Hi katrina, are you referring to whitening lotion? If so, to be honest, i'm not stick-to-one when it comes to lotions.. but i tried effective ones such as gluta-c intense whitening it's kind of expensive. I used it w last year when 3/4 of my arm darkened after i accompanied some guests while playing golf. I didn't put any sunblock. And i just wore the normal collared shirt with short sleeve. Gluta-c did the job. I think after 2 months or so of constant application (just once a day), i had my normal skin color back. :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

Hi kate, try to ask at big chinese stores in your area :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

You're welcome. Let me know your results :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

You try perla-luffa for scrubbing :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on July 21, 2014:

Hi fristine, sorry for the very late reply. Rub perla on your luffa then

scrub :)

irah on July 12, 2014:

hi.. i got this BL cream in a Chinese drug store and yes it only costs 25.00 :)) .. is it effective when i use it on my old scars (for about 5 years) from an insect bites??

bl is good at first but sucks in the long run on July 10, 2014:

Guys please don't use bl cream for too long.especially if you use it on your face

xtine on June 30, 2014:

Hope it will be effective as an alternative poduct for scars removal.

Wasting money for expensive product is not good for me.

Scarsproblem on May 31, 2014:

Very Convincing ha :) Okay im gonna try this.. Thanks

katrina on May 30, 2014:

Hi,I was searching some old scar removal's when I saw your blog.I found it interesting for me.I am only a highschool student but having a scar on my leg's embarass me and loose my self-steem.I never wear short's or other above the knee.I got my scar also on my childhood, for I am an accident-prone person.I have a big scar on both upper leg's because I accidentally sit on a motorcycle's (the one they called "Tambutsu").I have also a lot of scar on my knee.I just wanna ask to those who try this if it really was effective.I also wanna ask if it also effective on the knee.iamheaven I wanna ask if what lotion are you using.Please answer my questions.Thank you very much.

kate on May 21, 2014:

where do i buy BL Cream in cebu city?


nicole on April 10, 2014:

Hi... thank u so much for all of your advices .... i get an idea to whiten my skin and all of my old scars

Mae on March 23, 2014:

I'll post my before and after after a month! Thanks ate

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on March 20, 2014:

hi Mae, it worked on me. I can't find any reason why it won't on you :) just be patient, you should be able to notice positive changes on regular application after about a month or so.

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on March 17, 2014:

Hi mae, you can buy it from Chinese drugstores. I buy mine in Suyhoo in Davao City... I'm not sure if it is available in popular pharmacies like Mercury or Rose Pharmacy :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on March 17, 2014:

welcome Febyan :)

hey on March 12, 2014:

Does BL Cream lightens the dark spots?

Mae on March 09, 2014:

Hi po. Where can I buy BL cream? I have mosquito bites on my legs. I can't attempt to wear shorts and skirts. I'm 17 and that is a big deal. Will the dark spots fade permanently?

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2014:

hi chinita, please do share the result on you :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on March 04, 2014:

hi gekikara, to be honest, I haven't tried BL cream for stretch marks. please do try it and let me know results :)

gekikara on March 03, 2014:

hello,does BL cream really removes stretch marks? because i had stretch marks near my armpit,and i desperately wanna remove it because it's embarrassing when i wear shirts that shows my armpit.

chinita.. on February 07, 2014:

i'll try excited to see the result...

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on January 06, 2014:

hi sara, try to use it for a month and you should notice lightening of your scars. :)

sara on January 03, 2014:

Are these really effective??? Cause I've been using vitamin e and apply it directly to my dark scars and I think it will tako so long before I can have it flawless. Pls I want to know how long will it take if I will use perla?

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on November 28, 2013:

hi again, i just realized i haven't answered your first question.. oops!.. try to religiously do the regimen in a month's time and you will notice the difference :)

iamheaven (author) from Philippines on November 27, 2013:

Hi morena, sorry for the very late reply. The basic requirement is use it as your bath soap during your evening bath. if you can use it as your morning shower bath soap also, the better. :)

morena on November 16, 2013: interested in using perla as scar lightener...i have awful scars since childhood,on my knees particularly. How long do i have to use it before i see the effect?how many times a day?