Scars on the skin can be rather unsightly, affecting to a great deal the confidence of the individual. Scars can occur due to a variety of reasons, including burns, tears, injury, infections (such as acne) and following surgery. Getting rid of scars in important to improve cosmetic appearance, and therefore there are a variety of different products that are now available that can help improve the look of the skin.
The treatment for scars depends on the type of scar. Broadly classified, there are 4 different kinds of scars – acne scars, keloid scars, hypertrophic scars and contracture scars. The type of scar is often related to the type of injury. Treatments vary dependent on the type of scar.
While there are a number of different medical treatments that are available for scars, there are also a number of other products available either through prescription or over the counter that can help remove scars. In this article, we shall take a look at these briefly.
There are a number of different scar removal products that are available.
1. Kelo-Cote – This product is silicone based and can be used for different kinds of scars. In particular, it can help reduce the appearance of keloid scars and hypertrophic scars.
2. Dermatrix Ultra – As is the case with the above, dermatrix ultra also is silicone based and is effective against hypertrophic and keloid scars.
3. Bio-Oil – This contains an active ingredient called Purcellin, which helps reduce the appearance of long-standing scars such as acne scars. Application regularly shows effect in a few weeks to months.
4. Zenmed – This is a cost-effective solution to managing scars effectively. It is not very effective against keloid scars or hypertrophic scars.
A lot of over the counter medications contain added ingredients such as antihistamines or steroids to help reduce itching and inflammation. It is always worthwhile getting medical advice regarding any treatment you opt to have for managing scars.
Steroids are an effective solution to treating scars. They are offered in the form of topical creams or as an injection. For example, in managing keloid scars, steroid injections may be offered to the patient that can help reduce the pain from the scar along with associated symptoms such as itching and redness. Topical creams are also helpful to manage acutely inflamed scars, and are often offered with other treatments.
There are a number of naturally available products that can help reduce scarring. Lemon juice is a popular treatment for acne scars, and can help lighten their appearance fairly rapidly. However, care must be taken to ensure that adequate sun protection is applied as it can make the skin sensitive. Others include almonds, milk, honey and aloe vera. All these are useful in treating scars, and are devoid of any side effects as they are naturally available.
In conclusion, scar removal products are many and range from natural products to over the counter medication and prescription steroids. They are all helpful in reducing the appearance of scars, but may not necessarily take them away completely. They are generally safe for use, but seeking the advice of a medical practitioner before hand is advisable.
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