If you’re like most people, then you are aware of the scars on your body (especially your face) and would love to reduce their appearance, or remove them completely.
Well, over the last few years, there have been some incredible advancements in scar treatments, so now you have a number of options for treating old scars and preventing new ones.
This article will cover many of the most popular and most effective scar treatments that can be found in a variety of formats (from creams, lotions and lasers). With this information at hand, you can choose which method of scar treatment is best for you and then take action.
Firstly, it is important to realize that any injury which is more serious than a cut or scrape will leave a scar. Scars are the body’s way of healing itself, and they are made up of collagen (which is why a mark is left after the scar heals).
Cover Your Cuts – when you are injured, it is important to cover the cuts. There are lots of old myths about never covering up cuts, but this advice is counterproductive. When moisture comes into contact with the open wound, it actually prevents a scar from forming, which is then a impediment to the new skin forming. It is also important to use antibiotic ointment on a cut, as this will help it to heal more quickly, and reduce the appearance of the scar.
Use Vaseline After a Week – once a week has passed, Vaseline petroleum jelly should be used under the bandage. This should be done until new skin forms. Again, this will help to reduce the impact of the scar that could form.
Keep pressure on the wound – another very important method of preventing scars is to keep pressure on the wound or injury. The reason this works is because it helps to flatten scabs, and stops very big scabs from forming on the wound.
Avoid The Sun – if you want to treat scars, then you need to avoid the sun. Fresh scars will be made worse when exposed to ultraviolet light from the sun. So, when outdoors, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF number.
Massage Scars – in order to treat scars, you should massage them once they have healed. This works as it breaks down the collagen that form on the tissue under the scar. Use lotion and massage for about thirty seconds, a few times per day. This method will prevent the collagen from forming under the new skin.
Injections – if scars become very large or raised from the surface of the skin, then pay special attention to them. One method of treatment is to use an injection of corticosteroids, as this will reduce the inflammation and reduce extra scar tissue from forming.
Laser Scar Treatment – For those scars that don’t heal, laser treatment is a very effective option, and the price has reduced considerably in the last decade. The procedure is now very easy and quick, which lets people get treatment over a lunch time.
This is a huge advancement from the days of intensive surgery which used to take place. Using laser treatment on the scar after six to eight weeks is the best time, as it can drastically improve their appearance.
As such, if using this method, try to get them treated early. Laser treatment can also work very well on older scars, as it can drastically diminish the appearance of scars which have been present for decades. This will depend on the nature of the skin, and its condition, but it is worth the time and investment.
Moisturizer With Vaseline – using a moisturizer with Vaseline has shown to work very well to reduce the appearance of scars. It should be noted that this treatment has to be applied over a long period of time in order to see results. One application will not work.
Band aid and Vaseline – another method to treat scars is by using a simple band aid with vaseline. Again, this needs to be applied over the course of a month or more, in order to get results.
Vitamin E – Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant properties that can reduce inflammation and help to reduce the appearance of scars.
This can simply be rubbed on the skin and left to dry. Make sure that no allergy is know before using this treatment, as there are people who are allergic.
Silicone – this is another product that has shown to work very well for treatment the appearance of scars. It scan be bought in an adhesive sheet that is then stuck to the skin.
Summary – Use the scar treatments listed above and find out which acts best to reduce the appearance of scars.