Should I Use Scar Creams?

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scarringScarring is an incredibly common phenomena that can occur after an injury, surgery, or some other type of trauma to the body.

Typically when an injury happens the body goes through a complex process of knitting itself back together.

Blood flow is limited to the area to slow down blood loss, then blood platelets, fibrins, and plasma work together to create a scab.

The scab is a protective layer that forms over the wound in order to allow the skin underneath to regenerate while being protected from additional damage and infection. If everything goes right when the scab falls off fresh unblemished skin will be revealed.

Sometimes however the wound is too serious for the body to heal it without leaving any lasting marks. These marks that could be left behind are scars and result from the fibrous tissue of the skin knitting back together.

Scars can come in a variety of shapes and colors. Most often scars are very unnoticeable. They commonly appear has faint lines that might be slightly more pale than the surrounding skin. Other scar types can be much more pronounced either in color or in how flat they are.

Some scars can appear extremely white, red, or even a darker color on the skin depending on the body’s natural pigmentation. Bad scars may actually appear raised and bumpy on the skin.

Many people who have bad scarring look for ways to reduce or eliminate them completely. Surgery is a common method of scar removal, but this is an elective procedure that can be quite expensive and most likely would no be covered by insurance. Another common method of removing scars is through dermabrasion.

mederma-1348011882_600-300x300This is a procedure which carefully removes layers of skin from the afflicted area. Once again however this method can be prohibitively expensive for most people.

An alternative means of scar removal or lightening that people turn to are creams.

What do scar creams do and are they effective? This is the question that people ask most often. The answer unfortunately is not so simple.

The effectiveness of these creams will largely depend on how your body reacts to the cream at a biological level.

Some people will be far more receptive to the use of these creams than others. Also depending on the cream type many people find that they have some skin sensitivity to many of the creams.

What are the types of creams on the market? One of the most common skin creams for scar treatment is vitamin E oil. This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant. It is incredibly good for the skin and can help to prevent breakouts of acne and other blemishes.

As a treatment for scars the idea behind the oil is that when applied topically to the impacted area it will remove free radicals from the skin. This will help the scars heal and improve the appearance of the skin.

Keep in mind that many people have allergies to vitamin E so it is a good idea to test out a small amount of the oil on your body in order to see how you react to it.

Another common topical product used for the treatment of scars is cocoa butter cream. This is a cream that has a lot of benefits for the skin. It is highly nourishing, can help to prevent wrinkles, and restore a more youthful glow to a person’s skin. As a scar treatment the jury is still out about how effective of a treatment it is.

keloid removal creamsThe idea behind using cocoa butter in this regard is that it will slowly return the scar tissue to a more natural look.

It accomplishes this through hydration. Skin that is well hydrated is far more supple and elastic than skin lacking hydration.

Over time by continuously rubbing this oil into the skin the affected area will slowly heal, the texture of the scar will change, and it will begin to act like the surrounding skin.

If you have scars that are serious or cause you a great deal of embarrassment there is no reason not to try one of the many creams available on the market, however a consultation with your dermatologist is the best way to come up with an effective treatment.

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