An injury to the skin causes this originally seamless organ to tear, and the result is the formation of a scar where areas of fibrous tissue replace normal skin. The type of injury and the depth and size of the tear will effect how big or irregular the scar is. Scratching at scabs and picking at wounds or acne pimples will also cause a bigger scar. Other factors, including age, race, genetics and gender, also influence your tendency to scar. Here are six treatments for scars.
1. Leave the Scar Alone
Scars are a natural part of the healing process, so the first treatment is to leave the scar alone and let it heal naturally. As stated, picking at a scar during the healing process only makes it worse. Small scars in locations of the body which are not noticeable usually require no treatment at all. Sometimes leaving well enough alone is the best treatment.
2. Natural Home Remedies
Natural remedies can also soften scar tissue and make it less noticeable, at least temporarily. In the same way cucumbers are said to reduce puffy eyes, natural remedies can also make scar inflammation less noticable. Olive oil and honey both moisturize and soften scar tissue when applied to the scar. However, they may not really remove scar tissue.
3. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Products for Scars
Most drug stores and supermarkets now have a selection of products aimed at reducing scars. However, the ingredients in OTC products are often harsh and can irritate and inflame the skin, so caution is advised when using OTC products
4. Rodan + Fields Anti-Age AMP MD System
As reported in “Rodan + Fields Anti-Age AMP MD System: Treatment for light scarring,” The new Rodan + Fields Anti-Age AMP MD System with micro-needle roller has been proven effective in reducing and eliminating scars as well as retexturing pocked skin. The micro-needle roller and Anti-Age Serum address the underlying structural inconstancies of some types of scarring, including chicken pox scars and acne scars. In many cases, small scars and pocks vanish or are greatly reduced. See the FAQs for more information.
5. Prescription or Other Option
If none of these treatments has worked for you, see your doctor or dermatologist for a prescription or other option. Some prescriptions for scars include corticosteroids, antihistamine creams or other prescription creams, ointments or gels.
6. Plastic Surgery or Scar Revision
The Nashville Cosmetic Surgery Center states that “Plastic surgeons can often improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious through the injection or application of certain steroid medications or through surgical procedures known as scar revisions.”
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