Scar Treatment Facts and Myths: What Works and What Doesn’t

There are many myths and truths out there about scars. We’re here to set the record straight. Check out what works and what doesn’t!

Myth: You have to wait before treating a scar.

Fact: The best time to treat a scar is within one month of receiving it, preferably as soon as the initial wound has closed up and healed. And while new scars respond best to treatment, it’s never too late to treat an old scar.

Myth: Keeping your cuts covered will prevent a scar from forming.

Fact: A wound needs to breathe at some point. So, right after injury, wash with soap and water, add an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, then cover with a bandage during the day so it doesn’t get exposed to the sun or get debris in it. At night, take off the bandage so it can breathe. Do this for the first day or two, then let it heal on its own. Continuous application of antibacterials will break down collagen and interfere with healing.

Myth: A tan will help your scar blend in with the rest of your skin.

Fact: UV rays can trigger hyperpigmentation, which actually makes the area more visible, contrasting with the rest of your skin. Always apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher to protect the scar so it doesn’t stand out even more.  

Myth: You should use hydrogen peroxide on injured skin while it starts to form.

Fact: Hydrogen peroxide will destroy new skin cells and delay the healing process. Just use plain old soap and water to clean the area.

Myth: Vitamin E should be used on damaged skin.

Fact: Vitamin E can delay the healing process, not to mention some people can have an allergic reaction to it. Instead, use topical scar treatments with Vitamin C, a highly-healing antioxidant.

Myth: It’s best to let a healing wound dry out.

Fact: Dry skin doesn’t heal as well or as quickly as hydrated skin does. In the early stages, make sure the wound stays covered while applying silicone gel or antibiotic creams. Stay extra hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Myth: All scars eventually get lighter and will fade with time.

Fact: Not all scars will. Keloid and hypertrophic scars as well as infected wounds won’t fade without special treatment. For itchy, raised or red scars, see your dermatologist. Use a silicone scar gel treatment like Scarfade on keloid and hypertrophic scars to reduce their appearance.

Keeping a tube Scarfade in your medicine cabinet after surgery or in case of injury is a smart move. You never know when you will need it! Call us to learn more or to order our products at 1-800-771-2215.