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Scar Healing Time

Scar Healing Time

If the trauma is minor, healing time for the wound should be quick, and scar formation minimal. If your scar is deeper, as is often the case with surgical scars, healing time will take longer. However long it takes, a scar goes through three stages of healing. The first phase of wound healing is a period of inflammation that may last anywhere from two to six days, depending on how severe the initial trauma. During this period, you’ll experience warmth, some redness, swelling, and pain.

When the initial trauma spot begins to subside and ceases inflammation, your skin begins to produce collagen to knit the edges of the wound or trauma area together. This is the period when scarring may develop. Most scars start to improve within 2 – 3 weeks, and will continue to improve for up to six months. Finally, your skin will continue to break down the excess collagen that created your initially raised and reddish scar, and turn it into a thin, flat scar that may be visible or almost invisible. This period take from six months to several years with the finalized appearance of your scar in about 1-2 years.

Read: How to Help Your Skin Heal Scars

It’s important to respond to a wound or trauma to your skin immediately, even before healing begins. If you’re a smoker, stop! It causes blood vessels to contract, decreasing healing oxygen to the body and skin. Avoid direct sunlight while your skin heals. This may seem impossible, but it is necessary! When your skin is fully knit together, begin exercising regularly. Exercise will increase oxygen to all of your body tissues, including the deep levels of your skin. Your scar will heal more quickly, and your body will be healthier, too.

If you haven’t been eating properly, now is the time to rethink your eating habits. A balanced diet is very important to proper scar healing. Try to get the most nutritional foods possible into your system, especially foods rich in Vitamin C. Be sure to include protein-rich foods for the collagen your skin needs to heal properly, and increase your Vitamin B and zinc levels, too. Eat plenty of foods rich in Vitamin A to enhance your skin’s ability to absorb moisture, and drink plenty of liquids.

Most importantly, stay out of the sun and apply a sunblock with SPF 30 to ensure total protection when you go outside. At the same time, begin applying a scar healing cream to your traumatized skin or scar, as soon as your skin has completely closed up. For instance, if you have a surgical scar, laceration or burn that required sutures, use InviCible Scars on the area as soon as the sutures are removed. If you’ve had a skin resurfacing, wait until there is no “rawness” before beginning to use Invincible. For scars or dark marks from acne, apply InviCible at least twice a day, directly on the affected areas, but not on active acne spots.

With proper exercise and nutrition, avoidance of the sun and application of InviCible Scars, your scar will heal beautifully, and more quickly than you might think.

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How to Optimize Scar Healing with Nutrition

How to Optimize Scar Healing with Nutrition

When it comes to scar healing, one of the most important things that you can do is maintain a healthy diet – one that is filled with a variety of nutrient-rich foods that can boost your immune system and your ability to heal from a variety of injuries. Taking care to be certain that your diet contains a few essential nutrients can go a long way toward promoting the healing of your scars.

Here’s a look at some of the best nutrients to be sure you’re including in your diet in order to optimize healing:

Zinc: There are plenty of reasons to be sure you’re getting enough zinc in your diet. Zinc can boost your healing factor by a large amount, as it is used in the process of cell generation. Not only that, but zinc can play a large role in helping to prevent bacterial growth and inflammation, which can reduce the appearance of scars as they form.

Among the top foods containing zinc are seafood and meats, such as beef and lamb. Other sources of zinc include spinach, and various nuts and seeds.

Copper: Though you may not readily think of copper as being an important nutrient for the healing of scars, it can actually be vital in reducing their appearance and promoting healing. Not only does copper speed up the process of wound healing, but it helps to minimize the formation of scar tissue, which can soften scars by a fair amount.

In addition to seafood, great sources of copper include kale and mushrooms. Avocadoes are also high in copper, as well as many other nutrients that can help to promote healing.

Vitamin A: This nutrient is necessary for the production of epithelial cells – that is, the cells that make up the outside surface of your skin (in addition to the tissues lining the organs inside your body.) A deficiency of Vitamin A can critically slow down the healing of wounds and other injuries, so it’s important to be certain that you are getting enough Vitamin A in your diet for proper healing.

Foods rich in Vitamin A include dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and collard greens. An even better source is carrots, while sweet potatoes top the list as being the best natural source of this nutrient.

Vitamin C: One of the most important nutrients for your health in general, Vitamin C is crucial for the proper healing of injuries. This nutrient plays an important role in the formation of tissues and collagen. It is also an immune system booster, which is necessary for preventing inflammation and infection during the healing process. Not only that, but Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that can prevent damage by free radicals.

There are many natural sources of Vitamin C, including citrus fruits, peppers, and dark leafy greens. However, don’t count on your food intake to give you the Vitamin C that you need for proper healing.

Unfortunately, the human body is not equipped to store Vitamin C or to produce it, as it does with other types of nutrients. The body tends to process and lose this nutrient very quickly. Using a topical scar treatment containing a stable form of Vitamin C is the best and most effective way to ensure that you are making use of this nutrient for proper healing.

Read: Nutrition Boosts Scar Healing

A combination of these nutrients, along with other important nutrients for optimal health, can prevent many problems during the healing process.

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Why is Moisturizer Important For Scar Healing?

Why is Moisturizer Important For Scar Healing?

You’ve probably already heard about the importance of moisturizer for your skin countless times, but did you know that moisturizer is also incredibly important when it comes to your scars? This is true in a number of different ways.

Well Moisturized Skin Heals Better

Keep in mind that dry skin is highly susceptible to scarring. Your skin needs moisture for the healing process – and when any kind of damage to the skin occurs, you lose moisture much more rapidly. Simply put, proper moisturizing of the skin affects every part of the healing process.

Moisture Improves Scar Healing

The top layer of skin conserves water and serves as an infection barrier. Skin injury severely disrupts this function. The next wound healing phase is formation of the new top skin layer (epidermis) and replenishing water content of the skin is essential during this phase.

Ingredients like aloe, essential fatty acids, and licorice extract help to restore the lipid biolayer and provides moisture to the developing epidermis. Dimethicone, such as in InviCible Scars, also traps water. The resulting increased moisture encourages faster and improved healing.

Moisturizing Doesn’t Fade Scars

While moisturizing scars helps them heal properly, sometimes resulting in a smaller, diminished scar, it does not fade the color of the scar. Vitamin C is the most effective way to fade the hyperpigmentation and broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen is the best method to protecting scars from darkening.

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Spring Fitness Ideas for Better Scar Healing

Spring Fitness Ideas for Better Scar Healing

It’s no secret that exercise is great for scar healing. It gets the blood flowing, bringing healing oxygen to the scar area and all over the body, improves muscle tone, burns fat, and gives you lots of energy and stress relief, among other benefits. There’s no better time to work out outdoors than Spring, so try one of these awesome springtime fitness activities to get the scar-healing exercise you need.

Gardening

Daily gardening can not only provide you with delicious and healthy vegetables and fruits or beautiful flowers, it also increases your flexibility, strengthens your joints, lowers your risk for diabetes, and can decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, just like many other exercises.

While gardening, you work all of your major muscle groups, and can easily keep your heart rate elevated by moving briskly. Gardening can also involve a good deal of stretching, particularly when you reach for weeds or high branches, extend a rake, or bend to plant. Pushing wheelbarrows, lifting heavy bags of mulch, and shoveling all strengthen your body, and you achieve these benefits without the high-impact joint stresses of, say, running.

To get the most out of gardening for fitness, work in your garden for at least half an hour a day, several days a week. Start slowly is you aren’t accustomed to exercise, and be sure to bend and lift properly, using your legs and not your back. Perform lots of different tasks, like planting, weeding, and pruning, in order to work all the major muscle groups.

Cycling

Few things are as much fun as riding a bicycle outdoors when the weather finally starts to warm up. In addition to being lots of fun, cycling offers many great health benefits. Contrary to popular belief, cycling does not only involve the legs; the whole body is engaged and strengthened with this activity. It improves muscle tone, is great for joint mobility, and builds stamina. It gets the heart rate up for cardiovascular benefits and burns plenty of calories. It can also be quite refreshing and reduce the stress that builds up under the pressures of daily life.

For the best benefits and a way to begin cycling that ensures you will be able to stick it out long-term, start off slowly. Try two-three times a week to start, and increase your speed gradually as you gain endurance and strength. Finally, safety comes first: remember your helmet and learn about traffic signals for cyclists.

Geocaching

Want to try something really exciting? Why not combine fitness with treasure hunting? Geocaching is a great outdoor activity that you can participate in with friends or family of all ages. Geocaching, if you aren’t familiar with this sport, involves searching for hidden containers which other geocachers hide in almost two million – that’s right – locations around the world. Participants use handheld GPS devices and information from a number of websites listed by other geocachers to aid them in their hunts.

The geocache itself is usually a small plastic container or other holder that has a logbook and pencil inside, along with inexpensive “treasures” you can trade. The general rule is that if you take something from the container, you replace it with something of equal or greater value.

The adventure and exercise benefits of geocaching occur because caches are located in all kinds of places, from city streets to remote wooded trails to underwater locations. So geocaching can be as easy or as challenging as you’d like – start by checking a website like geocaching.com to find simple treks in your local area and see if you don’t have so much fun you’ll want to do this activity more and more often. Many people use their existing smartphones with GPS enabled, or you can invest in a stand-alone GPS device. It’s up to you.

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Winter Fitness Ideas to Boost Scar Healing

Winter Fitness Ideas to Boost Scar Healing

Exercise is a great way to reduce scarring. Exercise promotes circulation, which means more oxygen gets to the scar – a very important part of healing. (Incidentally, this is why smoking is linked to worse scarring; it lowers oxygen levels in the blood.) Another benefit of exercise is that it encourages you to drink more water, and adequate hydration, overall, optimizes every bodily function, including healing.

However, in the winter, it can be hard to convince yourself to get off the couch, especially when the couch is so warm and the outside is so cold. No worries – stay warm and toasty while you get moving with these winter fitness tips.

Weight Training
Weight training should always be a part of your fitness routine, as it offers many health and weight loss benefits. And winter is the perfect time to start or step up your strength-building program. You can use your own body weight, or you can use equipment such as dumbbells, barbells, Kettle bells, or cables.

Dust off that DVD you’ve been meaning to use or look online for exercise ideas and tips on how to do them safely and correctly for maximum results. Start with lower weights and progress gradually. If you want to get out of the house, or need a bit more formal instruction on getting started with weights, this is a great activity to take up at the gym as well.

Pilates
If you’ve never tried Pilates, winter is a great time to start. It is usually done indoors (although you certainly can take it outside when irresistible weather returns). Pilates focuses on strengthening and stretching the whole body, bringing scar-healing, oxygen-rich blood rushing to your muscles and skin and making you look and feel wonderful. Instructional Pilates videos can offer a wide range of guided workouts from beginner level through advanced.

Hot Yoga
When temperatures plummet, hot yoga can be just the thing to get you off the couch and heated up in no time. Hot yoga is a type of yoga performed in a very warm (105 degrees) and humid studio. Its formal name is Bikram yoga. Hot yoga is typically a 90-minute program consisting of 26 poses. The poses are challenging and will give all major muscle groups a great workout, and the heat ensures that you sweat plenty. This all serves to raise your heart rate and strengthen your muscles.

With hot yoga, if you have any health concerns at all, check with your doctor before beginning. Hot yoga is probably not a good option for anyone with heart disease or problems with dehydration, or who have had heatstroke or other heat-related illness before. It is also not for pregnant women. For others, however, hot yoga offers a great workout along with the refreshing and focusing benefits of yoga.

There are plenty of options for staying in shape while staying away from winter’s chill – but if you do want some fresh air, put on some layers and get outside anyway. Walking or running in the cold is very invigorating and refreshing for some people. Also try to find a workout buddy – a friend who will make the commitment with you to stay on top of your fitness goals all winter long.

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