Your skin is perhaps the only canvas you aim to keep completely flawless. It is your first impression, your armour, and your shield. As such, any damage to the skin, especially by scarring, can result in a huge loss of in confidence. While some scars are inevitable and necessary, others can be avoided. Understanding how to be proactive in scar care can have a significant impact on its presence and permanency.
Exposure or covered Up
It is a common misconception that when you puncture or wound your skin, keeping it uncovered and allowing it to breathe is conducive to healing. Quite the opposite is true. Keeping your wounds covered increases moisture, preventing the formation of a solid scab. When you leave your wound open it can delay the healing process up to 50%.
Disinfecting and cleaning a wound is critical to minimizing and preventing infections. Quite frequently, hydrogen peroxide and alcohol are recommended to cleanse the wound and protect your skin. While these agents are not particularly harmful, hydrogen peroxide destroys white blood cells that help repair the skin. Consequently it slows the healing process. One of the best ways to clean your wound is to rinse the cut with clear water. Avoid soap as well as that can be irritating. Lastly, change your bandage daily to keep the wound clean. If you do not feel comfortable with level of cleaning derived from water, it is best to see your doctor and have the wound cleaned professionally.
Post scar care
After your wound heals, apply sunscreen to reduce the potential for discolouration. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher is ideal and should be applied frequently.
Alternative methods of existing scars
Where a scar already exists, technology has allowed for alternative methods to alleviate your scars. Lasers and surgery can transform a scar and restore your skin’s appearance. However, treatment must commence within 6 to 8 weeks after the injury to yield the best results.
Whether your scar stays or goes, be confident in your flaws as you are without them. They ultimately make you unique.