Steps To Scar Reduction Therapy
There are two kinds of scars – those on your skin and the hit to the ego they sometimes cause. But it’s the latter category that can do the most damage.
Truth be told, there are many forms of physical scarring, from keloid and hypertrophic to acne scars and contractures. Any wound, be it a surgical incision or a light scratch, can leave a scar. That’s all the more reason to care for an injury before it turns into something you’d prefer to be without.
You can reduce a scar with proper wound care and natural remedies to encourage healing and exfoliation.
For existing scars, you can pursue a variety of treatments, including surgery, prescription ointments, or often more effectively with a natural-based topical scar reduction cream.
Care For the Wound
The best way to reduce a scar is to get it early. Your best chance at that is by caring for the wound with the following steps.
Bear in mind these are recommended for minor cuts and wounds only. It’s time for a trip to the hospital if the wound is very painful, bleeding profusely, near the face, deeper than half an inch, from a bite or rusty object or shows signs of infection.
Clean the Wound – Run the wound under cold water and remove any splinters or pebbles with alcohol-sterilized tweezers. Gently wash around the wound with a mild soap and a clean cloth. Avoid harsh soaps, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol and iodine for mild wounds, as they can hinder the healing process.
Cover the Wound – This prevents bacteria and other irritants from entering the wound. Now would also be a good time to buy an antibiotic ointment to keep the wound moist, and clean, which should reduce the appearance of the future scar.
Don’t Pick at Scabs – Scabbing occurs after white blood cells attack bacteria. Your body then goes into damage repair mode with red blood cells, fibrin and platelets that clot over the wound. Pick at the scab and the scar may be bigger.
By the way, scars often form in areas with constant pulling or tension, like the chest, shoulders and back.
As a further precaution, you may want to avoid exercising your upper body during the wound-healing process.
Natural Remedies For Existing Scars
In addition to the above regimen, try these natural remedies for scar reduction. You likely have the first three in your kitchen, and with enough time and consistency, you may find they substantially reduce the visibility of your scar:
Lemon Juice – Clean your skin with a mild cleanser. Then dip a cotton ball into this natural exfoliate and apply to the affected area. Leave on for ten minutes, then rinse it off.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Massage a dollop of this staple of Mediterranean cuisine on your scar each night before bed and rinse it off in the morning. This will soften your skin and should lighten the scar.
Baking Soda – A true Swiss Army knife of household functions. Add scar reduction to that list – mix five parts baking soda to one part water. Stir until you have a paste, and apply to the affected area. Let the paste dry, then rinse with warm water.
Dermefface FX7 – Not so much a natural remedy as a scar reduction cream that blends botanical-based ingredients like beta glucan and bilberry extract with peptides such as symglucan. Dermefface works with the skin’s natural 28 day renewal process, and many folks find it produces visible reduction of scarring in less than four weeks.