Scars can be unattractive and may cause a person to become self-conscious. There are several ways you try to eliminate scars, such as: natural remedies, home care and professional care.
Below are 3 ways to get rid of scars:
– Shea Butter and Coconut Oil: If you have experienced an injury, such as a cut, laceration or burn, keep the area moist and covered while it heals. The omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants in both shea butter and coconut oil have been shown to inhibit keloid scar tissue and repair skin.
– Silicone Gel Sheeting: Another option for how to get rid of scars is silicone gel sheeting. This is a sticky, clear pad that goes over a cut and can speed healing, similar to how Band-Aids can help heal cuts fast. It also can also make scars less red and painful.
– Pressure Garments: Using mechanical compressive force exerted by pressure garments to treat scars in burn patients was first prescribed in 1860. Before prescribing commercial pressure garments, the newly healed skin must be preconditioned to accept the stress and pressure exerted by the garments. For this, initial gentle pressure is applied using crepe bandages.
– Onion Extract/Gel: Onion extract is another natural option that can be used because it contains several unique bioflavenoids, such as quercetin, kaempferol and cepalin. A study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology asked six subjects to apply onion extract to an affected area for a period of four weeks. While some subjects experienced mild stinging, the stinging resolved quickly. Source: Draxe
Medical Remedies: Home Care
– Use silicone. You can find this either in gels or in sheets, and when applied to scar tissue, silicone has been proven effective in lightening and flattening scars. The gel can be applied directly to the scar.
– Silicone sheets can be adhered to the affected area and should stick firmly to the skin. You can also use medical tape to hold the sheets down if having difficult getting them to stay in place.
– Apply alpha hydroxy acids. These are the natural fruit acids mentioned earlier, and are beneficial in removing dead skin cells. These will come in different strengths and since you’re dealing with acids, they can cause irritations. Consult with a dermatologist on the best choice for you before trying this option. Typically, you’ll find this in the form of a moisturizer that can be rubbed into the skin
– Try an over-the-counter scar reducer. These can come in the form of creams, ointments, salves, lotions, gels, and poultices and will typically contain one or a combination of the items listed above. Most often they will contain silicone. Source: WikiHow
Medical Remedies: Professional Care
– Surgical removal or treatment. There are many options to treat deeper scars depending on your particular case. These include skin grafts, excision, dermabrasion, or laser surgery. In a skin graft, the surgeon uses skin from another area of your body. This is often used with people who’ve had burns. If you’ve got scarring that impairs function, surgery can help address the functional problems. If you’ve recently had surgery that has caused scars, it is best to wait at least one year before making a decision about scar treatment. Many scars fade and become less noticeable over time.
– Injections. You may get steroid injections to treat scars that stick out, such as keloids or hypertrophic scars. Your doctor may use this on its own or with other treatments.
Other types of injections, such as collagen or other “fillers,” may be useful for some types of pitted scarring, although these are not usually permanent solutions. Source: WebMD
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