Most of us end up with a scar or two over the course of a lifetime, and most of us can live with them most of the time but some of us will really hate our scars. They will make us feel less confident and might cause us real issues with our mental health.
If you’re one of those people, and you would like to try and do something about your scars, there are some things you can do that may make them less visible, and I have put together a list of the most effective.
1. Medicated creams
You can buy various medicated creams and gels that profess to help with scarring and some of them can be very effective on everything from stretch marks to the scars you get from hernia surgery.
They are generally very safe, but if you are using them on post-surgical scars, you should probably get advice from your doctor first as you will usually have to wait a while for the wound to heal before you can start applying creams and balms.
2. Zinc supplements
Zinc supplements are cheap and readily available from chemists and health food shops. Some people have found that they are good at helping wounds heal and reducing inflammation.
They can also help new cells to generate more effectively, and these three things combined can help to minimise scarring. If you’re taking medication, speak to your doctor before starting any new supplements.
3. Derma rollers
Derma rollers are small roller-like devices with lots of small needles attached. They are rolled over the skin to minimise scarring, even skin tone and reverse the signs of aging.
They do this by causing a small trauma to the skin, thus encouraging the production of healing collagen.
You can buy derma rollers to use at home, but having a professional beauty therapist carry out the treatments is probably safer for you. If you do use one at home, be sure to sterilise the roller after every use and leave at least 6 weeks between treatments.
Some people have found scar massage to not only be very relaxing but also very good at stimulating collagen production and improving the appearance of their scars. It’s much more pleasant than derma rolling too!
5. Clinical peels
Clinical peels and dermabrasion treatments will remove the outer layers of the skin, revealing fresh new skin below.
This means both procedures can be good at treating deeper scars, but they will need to be undertaken regularly and they will probably leave your skin looking swollen and sore for a week or so after each procedure.
6. Laser therapy
Laser therapy can be expensive, but it is often the most effective way to minimise the appearance of scarring on the body.
It directly targets the blood vessels under the scars to reduce the colour and texture of any scarring present. Usually, you’ll need at least five sessions.
7. Learn to love your scars
Of course, learning to love your scars is also a great option, and a very healthy one at that.
Scars are nothing to be ashamed of and quite often they tell an important story about your life. If you can learn to love them and build a healthy relationship with your body, you will benefit so much more.
Whatever option you choose, I wish you good luck with your scar journey.
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