The legs are often the parts of your body that see the most damage, especially if you are a very active individual. From sports injuries to simple, everyday bumps and bruises, there are many ways you might end up with scarring on your ankles, skins, knees, and thighs. It may also be a little more difficult to allow injuries on your legs to heal property, as regular daily activity can open up healing wounds or lead to more damage. That can, in turn, increase the visibility of potential scars.
It’s easy enough to hide visible scarring on the legs most of the time, as you can wear jeans, pants, or leggings to keep them covered. However, with warmer weather and more skin exposed, you might be looking for a solution that will fade leg scars so that they are not overly noticeable.
The first and most important thing to remember is that the newer a scar is, the easier it is to minimize its appearance. Ideally, you should begin caring for an injury – any injury – during the healing process. This includes even minor injuries such as scrapes, as the skin on your legs may scar more easily and noticeably than the skin of other parts of the body. Keeping your wounds clean will help prevent infection, as an infection can increase of the scar that remains. Also remember to be careful of the clothing that you wear during the healing process while you are letting an injury on heal, as tight clothing can lengthen the time it takes for the injury to heal and can make scarring worse.
Once an injury has completely healed, or as reached a point where topical treatments are safe to use, you can begin treating it with a scar treatment that contains Vitamin C in order to begin fading its appearance. To use a scar treatment, be sure that the area of the scar is completely cleaned prior to application. Gently massage the scar lotion into the scar, ensuring that the entire area is covered. You’ll see dual benefits of the massage and the scar lotion as the massage will help soften the scar tissue and the treatment will help to flatten and fade your scar. You should do this twice a day.
Beware home remedies and drugstore scar treatments that claim to provide instant results – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is! Stick to products that contain aloe, Vitamin C, licorice root extract and dimethicone silicone.
Lastly, when out in the sun with your legs exposed, always wear a braod spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. UV rays can permanently darken your scar.
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