We all have them, unfortunately. Scars don’t just disappear if you leave them there, thinking that they’ll go away in time. That’s not how it works.
When you think of your scars, you probably think of where you got them and how big they are. They range from those that you acquired when you were little, falling off your bike several times in a day, to those that you acquired playing sports, sliding into the home plate, or getting tackled to the ground just after you caught that amazing pass. And, most guys think that waiting out the process will be an effective method, the scar will never look the same as it did when it was first conceived. Wrong.
Scars stick around, unless you do something about it. And, dermatologists from around the world recommend that the moment the healing process has turned into a scar, you should get up off your ass and start treatment, because, the sooner the better. Quicker results will happen, so stop being stubborn.
However, before picking and starting treatment, you need to understand what a scar really is. For example, I bet you didn’t know that a scar is made up of completely different tissue than what your normal skin is made of. Even though scars are made of new fibers from your skin, dense and rough tissue still reforms the skin. Such scars can either appear as elevated, with a sort of thicker look to it, or they can seem indented, such as those of the face due to cystic acne.
The first step in healing scars and protecting scars is to avoid the sun. Avoiding sun and putting on an SPF moisturizer is crucial to maintaining healthy scar tissue/skin. This includes during the winter season, too. Shielding your skin from harmful rays is the most important task you have here.
You’re probably wondering why this portion of scar treatment is so important. Well, I’ll tell you. It’s because UV rays that leak out from the sun generally make scars on your body lighter or darker, therefore making it more noticeable to you and those around you. But, keep in mind that these UV rays are out all year long, seeing as they can sneak through clouds and reach your skin. This is why all year-round protection is recommended.
After learning about the avoidance of sun to protect your scars, we go into the different types of scars and how to go about treating them.
Thick scars typically are elevated and/or raised on the skin. Warning: they are disgusting. For an at home treatment to removing some, or potentially all of the scar, look to Silicone gel sheets. Wearing them overnight provides the best results to your skin. For in office treatments by your primary care doctor, it is suggested to mention getting a cortisone injection. This injection helps with the raised aspect of the scar and can potentially decrease its size in the weeks after treatment ensues. Warning: such treatments may require several injections to get the job done.
Indented scars make your skin uneven and can often look sunken in. Such scarring occurs when not enough collagen is produced by the body to fully heal the injury. Sometimes, doctors recommend doing a type of laser treatment to sort of provoke the unused collagen into doing its job again. Permanent results can happen in as little as two weeks. If you’d rather not laser your skin, you can try a simple at home remedy by placing a liquid-like vitamin C substance over the scar area. This does the same job as the laser does (promoting collagen growth) but in a more natural and less scary way. Results for this method may take a lot longer, however.
Discolored scars can range from a light color to a dark color. In other words, they can be a sort of yellowish, but then they can be pink, but then they can be red, but then they can be brown, but then they can be black, but then, well, you get the picture. However, of all the colors, red and purple scaring are the most typical at standing out. Yellow scars can blend in, and black and brown scars can tend to look like birth marks.
For those of you that have red scars, it is recommended to get the same laser treatment that is given to those that have rosacea. The light from the laser is actually absorbed to make the scar blend in the best it can with surrounding skin. For an at home, less invasive remedy, it is recommended to use chamomile extract. Just simply rub it over the scar, and the redness will be reduced, no doctor appointment will then be necessary.
The majority of the time, having a scar sucks. They’re just these ugly pieces of skin that never quite healed the right way, and you’re the one that has to look at them each and every day. I get it. I have plenty of them. I have those scars that are raised from burns that originated after taking the fries out of the fryolator while working in fast food; I have the indented scars that are present on my face due to cystic acne that are difficult to shoo away; And, I have those nasty red scars that honestly, I don’t remember getting. Everyone has them, and most people have at least one from each category. So, don’t feel left out. Just try some of the at home remedies listed above and go visit your doctor for some additional help if those don’t cut it, or if you get fed up with waiting around for quick results like I do.