October 16, 2017 4 min read

If you have a recent wound, whether it be from an injury or surgery, the potential of scarring has most likely crossed your mind. While some people don’t mind the appearance of scars, the vast majority of people consider their scars to be unsightly. In fact, scars can often cause people to feel less confident in their own body. If your scar is negatively impacting your self-esteem, you’ve probably tried different types of remedies and treatments in an attempt to make your scar less noticeable. With that being said, you’ve also probably realized that even the most popular treatments fail to make a real difference with your scar. But don’t give up hope yet because we want to fill you in on a little secret: your scars don’t have to be permanent! Below you’ll find six tips to heal your scar that will help it fade until it’s barely noticeable.

woman touching scar on abdomen

1. Proper wound care

Since scar tissue formation is the final step of the wound healing process following proper wound care practices is essential to help your scar heal smooth and flat. Proper wound care involves keeping the affected area clean and dry in order to prevent a bacterial infection.Bacteria can cause the prolonged elevation ofproinflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1 (IL-1) and TNF-α, which ultimately extends the inflammatory phase of the wound healing process. The more time a wound is inflamed the less likely it is to heal properly. Additionally, a publication in theJournal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery reports that bacteria have the ability to induce excessive collagen production in the scar tissue. Excessive collagen can lead to scars that are raised, irregular, and often lumpy in appearance. Therefore, it’s important to keep your wound clean by washing with a mild antibacterial soap and warm water, followed by gently patting it dry with a clean towel.

2. Post-op incisions

This tip to heal your scar is for those with an incision from a recent surgical procedure. In addition to keeping your incision clean and dry, another tip to heal your scar after surgery is to leave any protective coverings, such as Steri-strips or tape, on the incision as long as possible (or as long as directed). By doing so you’ll provide the incision with the support it needs to heal while also reducing tension on the wound.The Cleveland Clinic advises not topull, tug, or rub Steri-strips and that they will fall off on their own within 2 weeks.

3. Protect from the sun

The next tip to heal your scar is to ensure that you always protect your scar from the sun. When skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays it is triggered to produce more melanin, a pigment that gives skin its color. Excessive melanin production can lead to a variety of conditions that are collectively known as hyperpigmentation. These conditions appear as various shades and sizes of brown spots on the scar and surrounding skin. Since scar tissue is not the same as normal healthy skin, scars are more prone to developing hyperpigmentation. Therefore, to prevent permanent discoloration of your scar it’s important to protect it from the sun by either wearing a bandage over the area or applying a broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

woman applying sunscreen to her shoulder

4. Avoid smoking

In addition to the multitude of negative effects that smoking already has on the body, it has been known for a long time that smoking leads to poor wound-healing outcomes. Post-op patients that smokeshow a delay in wound healing and anincrease in a variety of complications such as infection, wound rupture, and a decrease in the tensile strength of wounds. Thus, it’s imperative for the health of your wound (and your overall health) to avoid smoking in order to help your scar heal better and faster.

5. Massage your scar

Scar tissue is the result of the body’s natural healing process when collagen fibers form over the wound. According toLivestrong, sometimes these fibers grow in all directions, causing scars to appear darker and more pronounced. Therefore, this next tip to heal your scar is to try massage techniques. It is said that by increasing blood circulation and breaking up collagen fibers, massaging your scar can help to speed the healing process.

6. Start treatment early

Our final tip to heal your scar is to begin treating your scar as early as possible.Tampa plastic surgeon Dr. Stanley Castor, MD, says he recommends to his patientsto begin using some kind of scar treatment within two weeks after surgery. Two weeks is about the amount of time it takes for the wound to close, which indicates that you can begin scar treatment.  

Since there are many scar treatment products on the market all claiming to reduce and heal your scar faster than the other, choosing a product to use can be a daunting task. We believe that effective scar treatments should take into account the physiological processes behind scars and use ingredients that address the needs of scar tissue during wound healing to promote healthy, smooth skin. After testingdozens of combinations of ingredients, we’ve developed 3 products that will reverse scar tissue and another 3 products to help prevent and erase stretch marks.

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