How to Get Rid of Scars Fast

How to Get Rid of Scars Fast

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.

Do you have a question about your scar? Leave a comment and let us know!

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The information on this site is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak to your doctor to treat any medical condition. Information on this site is not intended to be patient education, does not create any patient-physician relationship, and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment.

Comments

  1. I have a scar and it’s on the center of my head where the hair is growing but it’s visible for people to see. It’s deep but had time to heal and hair is growing close around it but not on it. I really don’t care if the scar stays or not but I just want hair to grow on it. Can you help please?

  2. Lourdes Estrada says:

    i have a deep big scar at the center of my forehead due to car accident while driving. . . . what’s the best thing to do? Is it alright to undergo a laser treatment to get rid of visible scar?

    • Hi Lourdes, it’s best to speak with your dr about which method of scar therapy is right for you based on your health, type of scar, lifestyle, etc. Laser treatment may be what you need or a topical treatment may be suitable as well. There is no quick fix.

  3. I have loads of small white scars at the top of my thighs which aren’t very deep at all, what can I do to get them to either go or fade a lot?

  4. Kim Estes says:

    I scarred my tatoo 3yrs ago. & i’d like to try to redo the area. Is there anything I can do to prepare scar to help ink take better?

  5. Hi! My scar is almost a year now but it’s i think it’s a keloid scar since it extend beyond the wound boundaries and the scar is getting bigger. I already consulted a doctor and he only gave me hyrogene peroxide, tetracycline, antibiotic and one cream. However still the rashes kept on coming back again and again. Even until now. Please answer my query.
    Thanks and God speed.

  6. Hi! I have a scar in the middle of my forehead and I’m pretty sure it came from a spider bite I got back in February. It scabbed over and when the scab fell off, there was a red circle. It isn’t that deep at all, but its not raised and usually appears flat but it is very red and it’s irritating and very noticeable. Is there anything I can do to reduce the redness and heal the area as soon as possible? Thank you!

  7. Hi, i have a surgical scar on my leg above the ankle.. its quite big and visible.. its more than a year now bt its not fading.. please help

  8. Hi, what is the best way to shave that will prevent having bumps and how regularly should one shave to prevent having bumps.
    Thanks

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