Best Ways to Reduce Scarring
Of all the blemishes that can affect your skin, scars can be one of the most frustrating to remove. Thankfully, there are ways in which you can help to prevent or reduce the appearance of scarring on your skin. In this post we’ll take a look at some tips and tricks that can be used to prevent, minimise, and reduce these marks.
Prevention is Always Better Than A Cure
The old healthcare adage that prevention is better than cure also applies to reducing scarring. Whether you have small cuts and scrapes, or surgical wounds, the best way to prevent or reduce their appearance is by looking after the wound well.
Begin by cleaning the wound with cool water while it is still fresh and gently wiping around the affected area with a clean cloth and soap. Once the wound is clean, the next step is to apply some antibiotic cream and cover it with a bandage to keep the wound moist, as well as keep dirt and bacteria away. By keeping the area moist, covered and not picking at the scabs that form over it, you may be able to reduce the probability of scarring.
Reducing Scars: What really works?
Even if you care for a wound perfectly, you may still end up with a scar. Once scars have formed, there are still a number of ways you can reduce and minimise their appearance.
Keep your scar out of the sun at all times. Newly formed scars are very sensitive to sunlight. Sunlight radiation can make the scar redder and is also detrimental to its appearance. Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and keep the scar covered as much as possible by clothing.
Gels, Creams and Ointments
Many consumers turn to over-the-counter treatments such as gels, creams and oils to try and prevent or erase their scars. These can be quite pricey and claim they help healing because they contain Vitamin E or cocoa butter. While these can help keep them your scar hydrated, there is no hard evidence that they work any better than plain old Vaseline and a Band-Aid.
Silicone Gel Sheeting
One product that can have advantages is silicone. They often come in ointment form or gel sheets and are the gold standard in scar treatment. Originally used in burn centres and later on by cosmetic surgeons and hospitals, silicone sheeting is a clinically proven treatment, show results of thinner, softer, less red and less painful scars.
There are many options to treat scars depending on your particular case. These include skin grafts, injections, dermabrasion, filler or laser surgery.
Thick scars such as, keloids can be flattened out with steroid injections direct into the fibrous scar tissue. Other thick scars can be flattened with dermabrasion, which utilizes abrasive devices to sand down elevated scars.
Certain types of depressed scars can be elevated by injections of cosmetic skin filler, and facial scars respond well to forms of laser treatment.