How to Get Rid of Old Scars
If you are like many people around the world you have already made a list of ways that you want to improve in the New Year. Maybe you want to lose weight. It could be that you’re all about being more adventurous. Perhaps you want to improve your skin health (if that the case check out last week’s blog post). It could be that this is the year you decide to take care of that scar that has been around for too long. If so, we can help! Old scars can be tough to manage, but we have put together a list of ways that you can get rid of your in 2018. It’s time to say goodbye to your scar!
1. Opt for Surgery
Usually, surgery is considered a cause of scars not a solution. However there are special cases where surgery may be the best option for getting rid of your old scars. Scar revision surgery is typically an expensive option for scar management. The surgeon and the complexity of the procedure determine the final cost. There are some risks involved with scar revision surgery. Surgery is not guaranteed to completely remove every trace of evidence the scar existed and in some cases it may make the scar worse. It’s important to weight these risks against the possible outcome.
2. Scar Management Products
There are tons of scar management products on the market that can help reduce the appearance of old scars. Many brands produce quality products with great results. When it comes to selecting the right product for you it comes down to ingredients and application. The number one ingredient for scar management is silicone. When deciding which product to use, always look for silicone at or near the top of the ingredient list. Other ingredients to look for are Onion Extract, Emu Oil, Vitamin C, and Shea Butter. Scar Esthetique is a great scar cream that contains these and many more natural ingredients.
Next you need to consider what you are using the product for. Where is your scar located? How large is the scar? Is the scar raised? Are there pigmentation issues? Those are all questions you need to know. Luckily scar product manufacturers make it easy. For most scars doctors recommend silicone sheeting as the primary treatment. Silicone scar sheets, such as Scar Fx, come in a variety of sizes and shapes particular to your need. You may also consider silicone scar gel as a substitute for sheeting during the day or if your scar is on your face. For hyper-pigmentation scar creams with ingredients that target discoloration, like Scar Esthetique, are great!
3. Try out some Home Remedies
You may look at the list of ingredients on the back of a scar product and think, I have a lot of that right here in my house. You are probably right. Many of the ingredients found in scar products are common around the house. You may even see some improvement by applying Aloe Vera or Lemon Juice to your scar. On the other hand, scar products are formulated by experts and chemists who know exactly how your skin works and what works for your skin. You’ll see better results if you stick with them.
4. Cover it Up with Makeup
This may be the easiest way for many to reduce the appearance of old scars. Simply, cover it up. Make sure you find a concealer that matches your skin type, or you may have a separate problem. Chances are you may have already tried this one, but if you aren’t ready to take the next step this is a great way to hide your scar.
Scars aren’t something you should be ashamed of, but you also don’t have to live with them if you don’t want too. However, the longer you wait the harder it becomes to get rid of a scar. There are many options out there that can give you great results and reduce the appearance of your scar. Just remember, the important thing is feeling happy and healthy in your skin. Check out some of our other blog posts for more tips on skincare and scar management.