- Skin Care for Scars
Skin Care for Scars
As your body’s first line of defense against the harsh environmental elements, your skin gets put through a lot of regular wear and tear. Oftentimes this damage is minor and fades away quickly on its own. However, other skin injuries are deeper and leave behind ugly scars to remind you of what caused them.
How Do Scars Form
Scars form when the dermis, the thick layer of top skin, is damaged and the body responds by forming new collagen fibers. A wound must be fully healed before a scar forms, and scar tissue looks and feels differently than the surrounding areas of skin. New skin grows underneath a scar and pushes it up and off the skin when it’s ready to stand alone.
Scarring commonly occurs after these types of injuries:
- Chicken pox
- Skin infections
- Insect bites
- Scrapes and abrasions
- Rapid growth spurts
What Kinds of Scars Exist
The main types of scars that form on the skin are classified as hypertrophic, keloid, atrophic, and stretch marks. The most common types are hypertrophic and keloid, which both have a raised appearance; however, keloid scars can actually form benign tumors.
However, not all scars are raised above the surrounding skin, as this typically only happens when the body is producing an excess of collagen. Raised scars are often more common in people with darker colored skin tones. Meanwhile, other scars have a sunken appearance, they can be pale and flat, and they can look like the skin has been stretched – as seen on women who have been pregnant or children who’ve had rapid growth spurts.
How to Prevent Scarring
The first step in preventing scarring is to properly care for your wound. Immediately following an injury, clean the wound with cool water and remove any dirt or debris that may have gotten inside. Generally, mild soap and a soft washcloth will do the trick. Always keep fresh, open wounds covered with a bandage to keep it moist and prevent infection. If your wound loses moisture and dries out, scarring becomes more likely.
A scab will form as a protective barrier between your new layer of skin and the outside world. Whatever you do, don’t pick the scab! Not only does this bad habit increase your likelihood of scarring, but it could also open your wound back up and leave it vulnerable to infection.
How to Fade Scars
If you already have scars, don’t despair, because there are some very effective treatments available to fade them away. During the day, apply a small amount of Porcelana Day Skin Lightening Cream on your scar to fade the discoloration away and protect it from future discoloration with sunscreen. After the sun goes down, use our night skin cream to restore your natural skin tone with nourishing avocado extracts, vitamins, and hydroquinone.
For severe scarring, some people turn to medical treatments like radiotherapy, filler injections, and laser resurfacing. Dermabrasion and microdermabrasion can also be effective in removing the surface of scarred skin. For minor scars, you can also experiment with scar treatment home remedies, like these!
- Lemon juice
- Ice cubes
- Tea tree oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Baking soda
- Gentle massage