Dealing with scars can be tricky, but if you have some tips and tricks in your back pocket, the process is that much easier. We thought we would compile some tips for scar care treatment for you to peruse:
1. Don’t Stress Out
Don’t strain the wound while it’s healing. This is especially important on a joint such as a knee or elbow. This slows down the healing process, resulting in more prominent scarring. Not only does stretching the skin unnecessarily open or widen the wound, it increases healing time. Take a break from the gym, or just take it easy around the house for a couple of days.
2. Get a Massage
It may not be as fun as a professional one, but you can give yourself your own mini massage with Scarfade gel. Squirt out some gel, then massage it around the area for three to five minutes. It’s best to use circular (clockwise and counter clockwise) motions along with a down and sideways motions. This breaks down scar tissue and helps it heal.
3. Get Plenty of Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps heal wounds and ensures they don’t get infected. That’s because they boost healthy collagen production and give you some amazing antioxidant benefits. Be sure to eat plenty of natural sources of Vitamin C, including citrus fruits, bell peppers, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables.
4. Slather on the Sunscreen
Whenever you’re outdoors, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. It’s also wise to wear SPF enhanced clothing as well. Wear sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat. Cover your scar so it doesn’t get direct sun exposure. You can’t tan a scar. It will only boost the contrast between your scarred skin and your healthy skin. Melanin gives you that bronze, tanned look, but scarred skin produces this in uneven patches, typically leading to hyperpigmentation.
5. Apply Scarfade Often
This is definitely not a one-and-done type of treatment. For best results, apply Scarfade daily for as many weeks as directed. It’s best to keep it up for at least 12 weeks.
6. Don’t Pick Those Scabs
Scabs can itch, we get it. It’s tough to keep your hands off those areas when this happens. But do your best to resist scratching or itching so you don’t peel off the scab. This will start the healing process all over again. In addition, the sensitive area underneath could get infected. The scab will fall off when it’s ready!
7. Get Those ZZZs
The body heals itself particularly during REM sleep, with your skin rejuvenating more rapidly when the body sends out all those healing hormones. Without enough restful sleep, your body won’t be able to regenerate as efficiently, slowing down healing.
8. Check the Ingredients
When on the lookout for scar treatment products, always take a look at the ingredients list for Silicone/Dimethicone – the only ingredients proven to be effective on scars. This is documented in scientific studies published in medical journals. While other ingredients may be great for your skin, their effectiveness can actually be diminished when added to scar treatment products.
9. Keep Dry
When you remain in the water for a long time, such as when bathing or swimming, scabs and soft new skin can fall off, thereby prolonging the healing process. Scar healing is furthered hampered by immersion in cold water for any length of time.
10. Keep Scarfade By Your Bedside
Make it easy to remember to use Scarfade by keeping a tube near your bed or in the bathroom. You don’t have to reserve its use just for surgical scars; you can also use it on minor cuts, scrapes, and bug bites so they don’t become scars.