How to Reduce the Appearance of Scars

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While scars do fade over time, there are things you can do to reduce their appearance, whether you are dealing with an old or a new scar. The more recent your scar is the easier it will be to improve the appearance. Scars can be unsightly for a number of reasons, including color, size and thickness. The following at home remedies can help scars be less noticeable.

Creams and Oils

There are quite a few topical remedies for scars. Some of the most common and effective include vitamin E, cocoa butter, and aloe vera. Vitamin E oil can help reduce the risk of developing keloids, which are raised areas on the scar with extra scar tissue. Cocoa butter helps to moisturize and smooth skin, both of which can help scars heal and reduce their appearance. Cocoa butter is also widely used to reduce stretch marks, which are a type of scarring. Aloe vera is very soothing to the skin and it is anti-inflammatory.

Try rubbing one of these creams or oils on your scar every time you get out of the shower when your skin is moist and primed to absorb lotions and creams. Before you put anything on your scar, make sure the wound is fully healed. Also be sure to be consistent in your application as it will take time for you to start seeing results.

Sunscreen

It goes without saying that you should always apply sunscreen to protect your skin, but it is especially important when it comes to treating and reducing the appearance of scars. If your scar is new, it is even more important to wear sunscreen. Too much sun exposure when a scar is fresh could darken the scar permanently. Fresh scar tissue is very delicate and needs to be protected.

Massage

Many scars become raised and form bumps as the skin heals and the scar tissue forms. By massaging your scar, you can help it lie flat and be less noticeable. This can also help with skin sensitivity on and around the scar, as it desensitizes the tissue and helps to break up scar tissue under the surface of the skin. When massaging a scar, place firm pressure directly on and around the scar and massage in all directions: up and down, back and forth, and in a circular motion. In addition to breaking up the scar tissue, this also promotes blood flow to the area.

Silicone

This is a relatively new remedy for scar appearance but it has been proven to be very effective. The silicone comes in the form of a sheet that you place on your scar. The theory behind why this works is that it helps keep your skin moist, which aids in proper healing.

Most techniques for reducing the appearance of scars are more effective with new scars. It’s never too late to work on your scar though and try to improve its appearance. A combination of the above strategies will likely yield the best results.

How to Reduce the Appearance of Scars
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