Tips for scar healing

Scarring usually occurs when the skin is recovering from acne, skin injury, a burn or after a surgery. According to American Academy of Dermatology, no scar will ever be removed completely. However, there are different methods which can be applied to reduce the size of the scar or change its appearance. The process of scar healing may take a period of two year or even longer. The scars will always have different appearances depending on the region of the body affected and age of the person. It has also been shown that genetics will determine if a person will develop noticeable scars.

Scar tissues are not the same as the skin tissues that existed before the injury. They are likely to inhibit normal skin functionalities for example sweat glands and hair follicles will not grow in these tissues. Before learning about different methods of scar healing, it would be important if we first understood the different types of scars.

Types of scars
Acne scars-These scars are common among people who have suffered a severe acne infection. These scars may come in different forms for example angular and deep pits and so on.

Keloid scars- They result from an aggressive healing of an injured skin part. These scars usually extend beyond the part that had been injured. If not controlled, this type of scar may hinder movement. The scars are more prevalent to people who have a dark skin.

Hypertrophic scars- These scars are raised from the skin level, red and may resemble keloid scars only that they do not extend beyond the injured part.

Contracture scars- These scars are common to people who have suffered severe burns. Due to the fact that this scar tightens the skin, it may hinder movement. Sometimes, these scars get deep into the skin thus affecting muscles and nerves.

Natural remedies for removing scars
There are different natural solutions that have been found to facilitate quick scar healing. One is advised against using any scar treatment option while the wound is still wet or open as this could irritate sensitive skins. Natural remedies for scar treatment may include foods, herbs and vitamins.

Foods for scar treatment -There are different types of foods, fruits and vegetables that are effective for this purpose. They include lemon juice, Tomatoes, bananas, olive oil, cocoa butter, cucumber and onion extracts.

Vitamins for scar treatment-Vitamin C has been found to be effective in helping the skin to rejuvenate repair and lighten from scars. Vitamin E has also been found to be effective in dealing with scars. However, vitamin E can cause contact dermatitis and irritation to some people and it is therefore important to carry out skin test before using it.

Herbs for scar healing- There are many herbs which have been found to have scar healing properties. These herbs function by reducing the size of the scar, speeding up the process of scar fading and also helps promote scar fading. Before using any herb, it is recommended that you carry out a skin test to ensure that you don’t suffer from irritations and allergic reactions after using the herb. Among the very effective herbs that can be used for scar treatment are;

Aloe Vera gel- This is a soothing gel that is used on all forms skin burns and irritations. It also promotes faster scar fading and healing.
Lavender oil- This oil has a soothing, gentle and scent which helps to heal scars and also to calm the nervous system. Just like other essential oils, lavender oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Tea tree oil- This is an essential oil that plays a very crucial role in promoting skin health, rejuvenation and scar healing.
Sandalwood and Rosewater- These plants are also very effective in scar treatment. However, they come at a higher price.
Mint tea- It can be applied on the skin as a toner to promote scar healing.

Natural oils and antioxidants that help in scar treatment-These oils and antioxidants are also effective in healing the scars. Some of the most popular are emu oils, wild rose oil, tamanu oil, sea buckthorn oil, topical vitamin C oil and rose hip oil.

Medical options for scar healing
Sometimes, the scarring is so severe such that natural treatment options become less effective. In such a case, it would be prudent to seek medical options. It must be noted that medical options are invasive and they tend to be more expensive when compared to the natural treatment options. Medical options also carry great risks but they could be the only option especially if natural treatment options have failed. If you have that troubling scar, it would be advisable to talk to a dermatologist to determine your available options. The following are the medical options that could help to foster scar healing.

Needling- Needling is a method that helps to promote the formation of collagen. This process is effective in breaking down poorly formed collagen fibers and at the same time promoting the formation of new fibers. Although the process is less expensive, one must be ready to endure some form of pain.
Silicone- it comes in form of a sheet or gel. When applied on the scar, it promotes faster healing of the scar. Silicon sheets and gels are a bit expensive but they are cheap when compared to surgery.

Laser resurfacing- This process involves the use of a beam of light to burn away the affected skin tissues. This process is expensive and comes with a number of risks. However, it is effective especially on people with light skins.

Dermabrasion- This process can be considered as an extreme exfoliation procedure. it involves the use of a wire brush to remove the top layer of the skin. This procedure will be effective on raised scars.

Collagen injections- This process helps to raise the scar located below the skin surface to the surface level. This process may not be very effective and must attend to regular treatments to achieve the desired results.

Steroid injections- They can be used to flatten raised scars.