When you get a new scar, it is important to treat it properly from the beginning. Scars are a natural healing process after an injury, but whether it gets worse – either deeper or wider – may depend on how you treat it.
The first step is to keep the area clean and free from infection. The easiest method is to apply Polysporin to the affected area for 7 to 10 days, morning and night.
Some people reach for Vitamin E capsules, and pop them open to heal the skin. But, doing this can cause the scar to widen. Vitamin E should be avoided for at least two weeks – including Polysporin with added Vitamin E.
If you feel that the injury may leave you with scar tissue, you may want to keep a silicone band-aid on it to flatten the scar. If you tend to get Keloids, this is a good method to try to reduce the scars – but the band-aid needs to be applied right away.
After two weeks, an EGF cream (growth factor) will help speed up recovery. After a month, if the scar is vascular (red), applying a high dosage of Vitamin C (such as DCL’s High Potency “C”) for two months is highly recommended to visoconstrict the vascular activity and disperse the redness. The high antioxidant content will also help the scar heal faster, and Vitamin C will prevent the scar from turning dark.
If possible, also use sunscreen on the area that is healing to avoid hyper-pigmentation.
When a scar is healing, the tissue is changing. You may first have a scar that is red, and then six months later turns dark. Some injuries heal on their own without having to use anything to help them heal, but if you are a slow healer it is best to follow the steps above.
If you have a scar that has been present for two months or longer, the Lux 1540 Fractional is an option to help reduce the appearance and help it heal faster.
This article was written by Pure Light Laser