Most of us will have to deal with scarring at some point in our lives. Scars are usually a result of injury, burns, surgery, or some other form of other trauma to the skin. As injured skin reconnects, a flat or raised scar—usually red, pink, or purple—marks the spot where the healing occurs. In the following post, we’ve discussed some things to remember when it comes to scarring. If scars are something of a concern for you, consider these options for reducing their appearance and stimulating a faster healing period.
✔ If your scars are on your face, we recommend that you stick to a gentle skincare routine; leave all the excess products alone for a few days. A gentle cleanser is necessary to keep your face clean—and perhaps a serum full of antioxidants to pump your skin full of cell-renewing ingredients—but other than that, all you really need is a sensitive moisturizer, or your regular moisturizer applied in a thin layer.
We recommend SkinCeutical’s Gentle Cleanser which is formulated for “dry, sensitive, or traumatized skin.”
✔ If your scars are not on your face, but are located elsewhere on your body, try applying Bio-Oil, one of the skin and body care market’s best products for scars. Bio-Oil is inexpensive, easy to find, and works well at diminishing the time needed for your scars to heal.
Bio-Oil’s website explains that “scars go through numerous changes as they mature, but they are permanent in nature. Bio-Oil is formulated to help improve the appearance of scars, but it can never remove them.” While results tend to vary from individual to individual, Bio-Oil has developed a cult following for its restorative and soothing abilities.
✔ Try to avoid the sun’s direct rays if possible. If you will be spending time outside, however, cover up your scars as best as you can, stay in the shade, and apply SPF. If scars are hit by the sun’s rays, they can permanently change colour, and the darker they become, the more likely that you will not be able to reduce their appearance. Just remember that scars should never be exposed to the sun!
✔ Try not to apply too many products on your skin while it's healing. Body creams and lotions are best left until after your skin has repaired itself.
✔ Don’t touch your scars. It’s unhygienic.
✔ Apply a hydrocolloid bandage, which is a medical-grade adhesive that provides your scars with a moist environment. By keeping your scars moist, they will kept from drying out and developing scabs, which clog the wound. As the bandage completely attaches itself to your skin—around the scar—it is sterile and prevents any other bacteria from getting inside.
✔ Try a silicone sheet, which uses silicone technology to shrink, flatten, and fade scars. They are ultra-thin, non-greasy, and colourless option and they help to restore your scars to a more natural texture and colour. Silicone sheets are often applied by doctors and surgeons in hospitals and burn centres because of their efficiency, low-cost, and availability.
Try the Dermatix Silicone Sheets here.
✔ As a last resort (or for more serious scarring), laser treatments and surgery can also effectively remove scars. They are expensive and painful, however, so we recommend that you try alternative treatments first, before you make an appointment with your dermatologist.
✔ Be patient. Remember that scars take a long time to heal and you can’t eliminate them overnight. As long as you take care of the surrounding area, and keep the wounds clean and sterile, they should reduce in size and colour within twelve or so weeks.
Let us know if there is anything crucial we may have missed.