Scars can be quite unsightly and is the reason why some people become more reclusive as their self esteem takes a hit from having scars. Scars can be caused by surgery, piercings and injury and there really is no way to full proof way to prevent a wound from scarring. While most scars will fade away over time, larger more severe injuries will cause more visible and long lasting scars. Fortunately, we have several medical options to choose from in order to help treat and remove scars and return your skin to its original state.
One of the easiest methods is by using scar creams. Keep in mind though that this is only effective for mild to moderate scarring. Larger scars may need cosmetic surgery to fix. The market is actually filled with hundreds to maybe even thousands of different scar creams so how do you exactly choose the best one for you? First order of business is to know what type of scar you have. Knowing this will allow you shorten the list of choices to a few specific types of scar cream.
What are Scars?
Scars are formed during the healing process of any type of injury or wound on the body. The body reacts to these injuries by sending in protein and collagen to the area in droves. This increases the rate of cell regeneration exponentially.
However, as this new skin is formed at a different rate it will look vastly different from the surrounding skin. Natural skin will have a sort of weave formation when looked at under a microscope, newly formed skin from scars on the other hand appear like it was strewn in one direction. This creates a skin patch that looks quite different and will be quite visible as well. While milder wounds create barely visible scars, large injuries will do the exact opposite and develop larger scars. This is where scar creams come into play and depending on the type of scar you may need to apply more or less cream over a certain period of time.
What are the Different Types of Scar?
Keloid Scars – This type of scar is defined by its bump-like appearance and will have a rather rough texture. This is caused by overproduction of collagen during the healing process.
Contracture Scars – This one appears as if the skin has been pulled together tightly around the area where the wound was. Depending on its location on the body, it may cause some pain during movement.
Hypertrophic Scar – This is pretty similar with keloid scars. Unlike keloid scars that expand over the area of the wound, hypertrophic scars are formed within the wound area only and are much smaller and compact.
Using Scar Creams
In order to make the most out of using your scar cream it is best to follow these instructions:
- Clean the area with soap and water first.
- Apply the cream and massage it in a circular motion.
- Use it regularly.
- Once the wound has healed start the scar treatment immediately.
- Apply sunscreen over the scar whenever you are going out.
It is actually quite simple to treat scars, especially mild to moderate ones. As long as you apply the scar treatment as soon as possible you can expect these blemishes to disappear much faster.