There’s good news and bad news for those who are trying to get rid of scars fast.
The skin is a seamless organ, smooth and soft; as such, its appearance can be altered significantly by even a minor scar.
Usually, scars aren’t a big deal when they are small or easily hidden under clothes. However, when a scar is larger or visible even when you’re wearing clothes, you most likely want to find a way to treat it and help it go away as quickly as possible.
The bad news is that there’s no way to get rid of a scar “quickly;” scars take time to fade and, even then, most scars are permanent and will never completely disappear. Scarring is a natural part of the healing process following an injury, and the way your scar heals depends on many factors including the size and depth of the wound, your age, your ethnicity, and more.
The good news, however, is that there are things you can do to help your scar become flatter, lighter, and generally much less noticeable.
Types of Scars
There are several different types of scars that tend to heal differently.
- Keloid scars: Keloid scars are the result of the body healing itself in an overly aggressive way. These scars extend beyond the boundaries of the original injury. A keloid scar may become so large that it hampers movement. Treatments for these range from topical products that contain silicone to steroid injections and even scar revision surgery.
- Contracture scars: These scars are often the result of burns. The skin tightens as the scar forms, potentially impairing your ability to move. Contracture scars can also affect nerves and muscles.
- Hypertrophic scars: These are raised, red scars are similar to keloid scars, but they don’t extend beyond the original injury site.
- Acne scars: Acne can cause different types of scars, including deep pits to angular or wavelike scars. Treatment options depend on the type of scar, among other factors.
Scar Treatments that Work
How long it will take your scar to fade depends on what type of scar it is, among other things. But no matter what your scar is like, what type of skin you have, or how old the scar is, there are still things you can do to help it lighten and become less visible – over time and with patience.
A scar cream designed to soften and fade scars can work wonders, particularly a product that contains vitamin C, aloe vera, licorice, and silicone. Steer clear of products that contain hydroquinone, kojic acid, and vitamin E – all ingredients that don’t help scars fade and may even make them worse or cause skin irritation.
Also, be sure to make lifestyle choices that help your body’s natural healing process. Keep your scar protected from the sun at all times; drink plenty of water; and eat a healthy diet. Exercise and massage can also help with blood circulation, which brings more healing oxygen to the scar.
Scars simply don’t fade overnight. But with patience and some strategic actions, you can help just about any scar become flatter, lighter, and less noticeable.
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