I have quite a few scars. C-section scar, one from when I had my appendix out, two on my feet from foot surgeries, two from hernia surgery, one under my arm where a lymph node was removed, and another on my chin (a fainting spell resulted in nine stitches). That's not even counting the remnants from some regular old scrapes and cuts that have stuck around. So, you can bet I've wondered how to treat scars and minimize their appearance - especially that chin one.
-- Avoid sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can really affect the ability of a scar to fade so be sure to always use sunscreen on scars - heckadoo, it is good advice for your whole body, no?
-- If you have a cut that is healing, don't pick at it. Let it heal and have any excess skin or scabs fall off naturally. This can minimize whatever scarring may occur.
-- Massage. After a scar is fully healed, massaging the area everyday can help keep the tissues loose so they don't bind and create as much of a raised appearance.
-- Avoid expensive creams. Many creams say they will minimize the appearance of scars because of vitamins and other additives. Many dermatologists will just say to keep it moist with Vaseline. However, I've known friends who have used Mederma and other over-the-counter lotions with good results.
Always check with your doctor before using any sort of treatment or if your scar gets red or irritated or oozy, defiantly go get it checked out as it may be infected.
Do you have any scars? How did you treat them to keep them healthy and minimize appearance?
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