A burn can happen at any time. Whether an accidental burn from an encounter with a curling iron or the kitchen stove, these burns are generally superficial. They will sting and hurt, so treating them immediately is a good idea. Scars that develop from a superficial burn can vary in degrees of severity. Generally, a burn scar will become discolored compared to the surrounding normal skin, and it can also become much firmer. Like any other scar, burn scars can be painful, and unattractive. Proper treatment can help how the burned skin heals and improve the final scar appearance.
Common Treatments for Burns
Some doctors might recommend the application of silicone sheets directly to the healed burn on a daily basis. These silicone sheets remain on for most of the day. Some patients find silicone sheets cumbersome, so using a silicone gel can be a more convenient option, especially during the day. The effectiveness of silicone in treating burn scars has been proven the most effective in treating scars. Silicone gel works just as well as the sheets, so it makes more sense for some people to use it because the application is much easier.
If you are going to be out in the sun, make sure you protect your skin by wearing a hat, clothing, and sunscreen to keep the scar covered. If a burn scar is exposed to the sun’s harmful rays, it can become darker, which will make it even more noticeable.
Ingredients used in Common Burn Treatments
Aloe Vera: This ingredient is known for healing wounds, decreasing inflammation, providing stimulation for the growth of new skin by using amino acids, and promoting healing within the skin layers.
Essential Fatty Acids: Safflower Seed Oil contains Linoleic Acid and Sunflower Seed Oil contains Oleic Acid. Both of these fatty acids are essential for the regeneration of the lipid biolayers, which are necessary for skin moisture. They also help to improve wound healing, and improve elasticity in scars. Additionally, these two fatty acids help to control the production of prostaglandins, which is one of the main building blocks for skin. A disturbance in the production of prostaglandin will result in poor healing and these fatty acids guard against such disturbances. They can also help to lighten darkening skin pigments.
Licorice: This ingredient is known to have anti-inflammatory properties; it aids in the acceleration of skin renewal. It also helps to lighten up brown spots, which include melasma and abnormal, dark skin pigmentation. It also has anti-acne effects.
Vitamin C: There are things you should consider when it comes to selecting products that use vitamin C for scar treatment. For example, choose a product that offers a stable form of vitamin C such as Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, or Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate. In skin care products, today, these are the two most stable forms of vitamin C. There are many benefits to using vitamin C, such as the encouragement of healthy collagen formulation after a skin injury, such as a burn. Vitamin C will also help to increase hydration, which is helpful in healing scars. It is also good for decreasing redness and inflammation.
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