WHAT CAUSES SCARING  Scars occurs when the dermis is damaged by injury, surgery, from acne or scab picking. Dermis sends out fibroblasts, cells that produce collagen, to begin rebuilding tissue immediately. In a rush to repair itself there may be either too much collagen creating a raised Keloid scar (Hypertrophic), or a lack of collagen leaving an indent (Atrophic) like the divot scaring from chickenpox. A scar is an area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury. Scars result from the biological process of wound repair in the skin, as well as in other organs and tissues of the body. Thus, scarring is a natural part of the healing process.

 

HOW TO HEAL SCARRING

Treatments include surgery to remove the scar, steroid injections, or silicone sheets to flatten the scar. Smaller keloids can be treated using cryotherapy (freezing therapy using liquid nitrogen). You can also prevent keloid formation by using pressure treatment or gel pads with silicone when you are injured.

Don’t pick at it, keep wounds protected with moisture and coverage such as creams and bandages, then continue protection after the scar has healed by wearing sunscreen every day to prevent hyperpigmentation. For blemishes that are already fading it’s best to use a scar cream on a regular basis and patience is the key to getting results.

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