If you clicked on this article, you probably a.) are Filipino, b.) had enough scrapes and cuts as a child to be familiar with the said product, c.) wondered about the said product, or d.) all of the above.
Sebo de Macho is something you would find in a lot of Filipino households and local pharmacies. This thick, wax-like ointment comes in nondescript 12 or 25 g tins, and is often touted as a scar remover. Beyond that, however, we don’t know much about it. The label isn’t exactly verbose, you see.
So, today, let’s delve a little deeper into this somewhat commonplace yet remarkably obscure medicine cabinet staple.
The Mystery Ingredient in Sebo de Macho
First things first, what exactly is in a tin of Sebo de Macho? There are no ingredients listed on the packaging whatsoever, but a bit of research revealed that there is only one: mutton’s tallow.
Relax, mutton’s tallow is merely sheep fat. And while it sounds gross, it’s actually a centuries-old remedy for skin issues. Apart from being an all-natural product with a long shelf-life, it also penetrates the skin very effectively, layers of dead skin and calluses notwithstanding.
Furthermore, sheep fat can soften and break up scar tissue, which is probably why people came to apply it to their wounds.
But Can It Actually Remove Scars?
Lots of people swear by Sebo de Macho, but preventing and treating scars isn’t as straightforward as slapping on some ointment. There are, for starters, several kinds of scars and they all vary in severity. How your scars form also has something to do with your genetic make-up (e.g., keloid formers).
What Sebo de Macho is good for, in any case, is keeping your skin moisturized and perhaps aiding the healing process. The mutton tallow’s fatty acids nourish the skin as well, and is very similar to naturally-occurring skin-restoring sebum.
In sum, Sebo de Macho can help diminish the appearance of scars, but only with time and regular use.
As a final note, when it comes to scars, proper prevention makes a huge difference. Infections generally lead to scars, so you should apply the appropriate first aid to injuries. Gentle, thorough cleansing and antiseptic solutions are helpful in this regard, and make sure not to apply creams to open wounds.
Lastly, leave your scabs alone! Picking at them might be tempting, but this just delays healing and won’t help improve their appearance.
Is there a certain kind of scar treatment that you swear by? Tell us all about it in the comments below!