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Everything you need to know about scars

We all have scars, but if you want to reduce the appearance of yours, here’s what you need to know first.

Despite being a result of some type of bodily trauma, scars aren’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, they help to shed light on the past experiences that make us who we are today, with celebs showing theirs off on social media.

 

 

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Our scars tell a story

On one hand, they are all unique and tell a story. But, on the other, they are long-lasting (sometimes permanent!) and can make the host feel self-conscious. Fortunately, there are several treatment options of varying levels of speed and efficiency available. But first, here’s everything you need to know about them, and what your options are when it comes to treating and fading them.

Identifying your scar

It’s not just the size and shape of our scars that sets them apart. In fact, there are a number of different types of scars that can form as a result of skin trauma. Five of the most common include:

  1. Flat scars (or cicatrix) are the common variety that is slightly pink or red. They eventually fade to blend in with your skin.
  2. Pitted or sunken scars (atrophic) are commonly associated with acne. They sink below the skin and can appear exaggerated as you age.
  3. Keloid scars (hypertrophic) are a result of the tissue healing in a way that the scar is raised. Some of them can become bigger than the original wound.
  4. Contracture scars refer to scarring that becomes tight, making it difficult for the skin to move comfortably. They are usually a result of burns.
  5. Stretch marks happen when there is a surge of rapid fat or muscle growth. They can look like bruising until they fade to become lighter than the skin.

 

Diminishing your scar

It is important for the patient to take care of wounds during the healing process so that minimal marks are left behind. This is because it is pretty much impossible to remove old scars completely. For superficial scars, skin-resurfacing treatments, which can be performed by a dermatologist, have been shown to yield results. It is possible for a dermatologist to perform laser treatments on large scars, but bear in mind that it won’t leave the affected area completely clear and blemish-free.

There are also a handful of topical treatments that help to speed up the healing and fading process. But one needs to be wary of over-the-counter lotions and potions that claim to perform miracles. You will need to get medical-grade products with special, high-potency, FDA-approved formulas that are designed to be used under the supervision of a skin professional. Get in touch with us for Dermcare-approved recommendations.

 

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