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How to Reduce a Scar

How to Reduce a Scar How to Reduce a Scar How to Reduce a Scar

Overview

Scars develop after an injury, as the skin repairs itself. The larger the injury and the longer it takes to heal, the greater the chance of scarring. A fresh scar is thick and red. As the skin continues to heal, the scar will flatten and fade. By 18 months after the injury, your scar will likely have improved as much as it will on its own. Careful care during this time improves the healing process and reduces the appearance of the scar. If, after this time, you are unhappy with the look of the scar, consult your healthcare provider about dermabrasion, cryotherapy or surgical scar revision.

Step 1

Clean your injury well, using mild soap and water. Keep the area dry during the healing process. You should not use any scar-reducing products until the area is closed, a scab has formed and it is not oozing any fluid.

Step 2

Apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 before heading outside during the first year after injury. Sun damage can make scarring worse.

Step 3

Apply lotion to keep your skin moist once a scab is in place. Choose a lotion that contains vitamin E or one specifically made to minimize scars. These creams often contain onion extract, which reduces inflammation and discourages the over-production of collagen, which is responsible for scarring.

Step 4

Smooth silicone gel or silicone sheets over the scar. Silicone flattens and lightens scars, reducing their appearance.

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