When Lisa Nunes was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was immediately concerned about scarring. Nunes had worked as an aesthetician at Skin Enthusiast for 14 years, and although she hadn't specialized in scar repair, she began learning about it after undergoing double mastectomy surgery followed by flat closure in early 2021.

"I have a lot of things available to me with my license, and have researched cold-pressed, organic and refined seed oils," Nunes told me.

As soon as she was cleared to touch her scars, three weeks after surgery, Nunes began using vitamin E oil for its antioxidant properties and fat-soluble compounds. Additionally, she used aloe vera and calendula oil from the marigold flower, which is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal.

"It's very healing for the skin and for softening the scar tissue," she said. "I make a blend of those oils and apply it day and night."

Since Nunes began using the homemade concoction, her scars have been looking better. "They are right where they are supposed to be, and every time I put it on, I feel a