Scars are unfortunately a natural part of a wound healing, and although for some scars can represent marks of pride or a key part of their life, for others, scars can be upsetting and embarrassing. From stretch marks to surgery, most of us have some sort of scar. Depending on the nature of the scar, they can be life changing, but surgery is not always required. There are a range of non-surgical methods that can help to reduce the appearance of scars naturally. Not only can these tips help to improve scars, but will improve skin health overall!
Take Action Early On
Of course, this doesn’t apply to all scarring, however if you have just sustained an injury that you are concerned could scar, make sure to keep the wound clean by gently washing it and making sure it doesn’t get infected. Also, keep the wound moist with something like petroleum jelly, as this can prevent scars developing too deeply. The appearance of the scar can be improved due to the jelly’s ability to keep the skin hydrated. Keep changing the bandages often, and make sure you consult a doctor if you are unsure about anything! Using gentle products is also really important to prevent scars from flaring up.
Protect Yourself From The Sun
Going out in the sun with a scar may increase the chance of it becoming discoloured. Use a sun cream with SPF 30 or more, and reapply frequently. Consistently using sun protection also decreases signs of aging, so it’s a win win! Careful protection of scars through SPF is equally as important for new or old scars. Although sun cream won’t specifically reduce the appearance of scars, it will certainly help to prevent them from becoming more discoloured.
Cosmetic procedures can have really great effects without having to go under the knife. Research a reputable medical spa, most of which use technologies that are developing everyday to assist in the treatment of skin conditions, including scarring. Although this is a more pricey option, the effects are likely to be more dramatic than home remedies.
The possibilities of products like shea butter and coconut oil shouldn’t be overlooked. They can help to keep the wound moist which reduces the appearance of scarring. The natural qualities in both shea butter and coconut oil have been shown to help repair skin and improve scar tissue. Making these products a part of your everyday routine is quick and easy, and are beneficial for the skin in a range of ways.
Silicone Sheets and Gel
A number of studies over the last few decades have praised the effects of silicone in reducing the appearance of scars, and are available in many places without a prescription. This option is cheap, easily accessible and painless, making it a low risk method of scar reduction.
Although it might be tempting to begin reducing the appearance of scars as soon as possible, the body takes its own steps in helping to heal the skin, and you don’t want to interfere with that. Check with a doctor or skin care specialist before beginning any specific treatments, as seeking professional help is your best option!