Whether you have a prominent new or old scar, your first instinct may be to sit in the sun to “even out” its color, or try to “camouflage it” with a tan. Ironically, sun exposure is the last thing your scar needs. Here’s why…
Scar tissue is different to normal skin. It is inferior in appearance, function and feel. Scars are less resistant to ultraviolet rays and much more prone to sunburn, especially if they are fresh. Prolonged sun exposure can also permanently darken a scar, especially in people with darker skin complexions.
Scars should be protected from prolonged, direct sun exposure year round, not just during the warmer summer months. Use sun block over any exposed scar religiously. The higher the SPF the better. Remember that sweating essentially washes sun block off so try to use a water resistant sun block even if you’re not going swimming. Also try to choose a non-comedogenic product, especially if you have ever suffered from acne.
If you can’t avoid the sun completely, cover the scar with sun protective clothing, preferably with a high UPV (50 would be great).
Have you noticed your scar change once out in the sun?
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