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How to Treat New Scars

How to Treat New Scars

Overview

New scars are usually easier to treat since the pigmentation of the skin is fresh and can easily be altered. Certain scar creams, such as Mederma, can treat old and new scars. It's important to follow the instructions on the product packaging or as advised by your health care provider. Improper use may result in minimal results, if any at all. Talk to your doctor about using a scar cream prior to application if you have any skin conditions, such as sunburn, that may prohibit the use of certain ingredients.

Step 1

Test a small patch of skin to ensure no allergic reaction occurs. The area should be inconspicuous, such as the underside of your forearm. Testing in an inconspicuous area allows better concealment should you break out in bumps or hives or experience itching and redness.

Step 2

Apply the scar removal cream as instructed by your physician or product instructions. Use caution so that you do not spill the cream onto other areas of your skin to prevent lightening or bleaching a non-scar area. Always avoid applying any scar cream medication around your eyes or mouth. Depending upon the brand of medication you use and what type of activities you will be performing throughout the day, you may need to reapply the scar removal cream periodically. This is especially true if you will be swimming or outdoors where you might sweat and cause the cream to dissipate.

Step 3

Massage your scar gently. Once your scar has completely healed, massaging it gently can help break down tough, thick bands of collagen that formed as a result of injury to the skin. When you break down these tough, dense bands, it helps promote the growth of new, smooth collagen. According to the "Fitness" magazine website, you should massage the scar for 30 seconds a few times each day to break down scar tissue.

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