If you hurt yourself, one permanent reminder might be an unfortunate scar. If you have a particularly bad injury, you can’t prevent or get rid of a scar completely, but there are certain things you can do to prevent scars when you have a wound.
Scars are a normal part of the body’s healing process to try to fix your wound as soon as possible. Did you know there are actually three types of scars?
Normal scars are generally small, thin and flat.
Hypertrophic scars are thick, red and may even be raised.
Keloid scars are similar to hypertrophic scars because they can be red or darker color, raised but they go beyond the actual wound on your skin. Keloid scars are actually genetic.
If you have a rough scar that you want help with, see a dermatologist. But here are some dos and don’ts to prevent a bad scar:
- Do get stitches if the cut is deep or spread apart.
- Seek immediate medical attention as you might be in need of stitches, due to risk of infection.
- Do keep your wound moist. Apply petroleum jelly and cover it with a bandage. When you keep a wound moist, it can speed up healing and even minimize scarring. Be sure to change the bandage often.
- Don’t bother with scar creams. Most scar creams advertised do little to help prevent or heal scars so don’t fall for expensive creams that claim to eliminate scars.
- Do massage the scar. Massaging your scar daily with Vitamin E cream can be more beneficial than any advertised scar creams.
- Do avoid the sun. Avoiding the sun’s rays on your scar to help minimize discoloration.
- Do let it heal naturally. Don’t pick at scabs because they could incr
ease your risk of scarring.
- Don’t rush healing, be patient. The sad truth is that healing, especially from large injuries takes time, so be patient with the healing process and know your scar can change over time. See a doctor if you need more personalized advice.
Do you have any scars? Do you love them or hate them? What do you do to prevent scars? Share with us!