It’s safe to say most of us have had to deal with the frustration of visible scars, right? The truth is no matter how old you are, I’m sure you have somewhat of a collection. I know I have a few reminders of my clumsy days.
Summer time comes and you have to choose your bathing suit or that cute bikini wisely. Spending time and money on cosmetics trying to cover up your imperfections or modifying your wardrobe can be discouraging.
Scars: The Ways to Get Rid of Them Fast!
Some causes of scarring include accidents, previous surgeries, or burns. As harsh as it looks, they are the body’s natural healing process of past trauma to the skin. There are also various types of these flaws.
Contracture scars are when an area has been burned and tightens the skin. Hypertrophic scars are red and have a bumpy or raised texture.
Whichever type of scar you are looking to heal, there are many ways to treat those bothering eye sores and get rid of them fast. Check out these options.
Treatments: Lotions & Ointments
There are countless treatments these days to choose from. Some treatments include over the counter lotions, creams, and ointments. A few of these are very well-known brands such as Mederma and Revitol.
Such creams can be found at your local drug store and claim to improve the skin after four to six weeks of daily topical use.
Others such as Tretinoin are prescribed by medical professionals. It is used to treat age spots, wrinkles and of course, you guessed it, scars! The active ingredient in these creams is Retin-A or vitamin A which helps the skin renew itself.
You must use precautions when using Retin-A as it can cause irritations and sensitivity to sunlight.
Some scars may take longer to heal than others depending on the size and location on the body. On average, many people have declared they’ve seen their scar effectively disappear in a matter of four to six weeks. Perhaps it’s time to see your dermatologist?
Medical procedures such as cosmetic surgery can be highly priced in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars. However, many of these procedures have been proven effective. Dermabrasion is a method used where a cosmetic surgeon removes layers of the skin using a laser light.
The scar will remain but will be less visible within a few weeks or months depending on the size of the scar. Some redness and swelling has been noted after the procedure as well as mild irritation.
Many patients of this procedure have seen scars dramatically heal and new skin growth within five to eight days.
Scar Revision is another form of surgery that minimizes the appearance of scars so that is blends in with the natural skin tone and texture. This type of procedure is mostly used with larger scars.
One way it is performed is where the scarred area is cut out and replaced with skin grafts. Healing time can take up to six to eight weeks. Afterwards, a bandage may be necessary for multiple months.
For those who are looking for a more natural cure, there are many essential oils, plants and other food based healers. You might even have some ingredients in your pantry, I know I do. Some very well-known essential oils are tea tree oil and lavender oil.
These potent, little packaged cures are claimed to treat pain from burns, scrapes, and yes, scars! Adding a few drops of these oils to a clean cotton ball and dabbing on the skin several times a week can help reduce the visibility of impurities.
People have claimed to have their scar gone in two weeks. It’s worth a try!
A popular plant named Aloe Vera is a great alternative medicine for treating skin marks. Simply cutting a leaf or steam and scraping out the clear jelly-like substance called aloe with a spoon, then apply this directly on the affected area.
It will be sticky and slimy at first but allowing it to dry will minimize the gooey feeling. You may need to repeat this regimen a few times each week for best results.
Apple Cider Vinegar is another favorable option to minimize the appearance of scars and blemishes. If you can stand the odor, take a cotton ball and dip it in the ACV.
You then apply it to the marked area and use a band-aid or wrap to secure the cotton ball over the scar. Leave this overnight for a few nights; you will begin to see results in about one week. Depending on the size, the scar will vanish in 2-3 weeks.
The Choice is Yours
Whichever form of treatment you choose, keep in mind there are several options out there. Whether you are looking for something topical, cosmetic or more natural, the fact is the skin is our largest organ. It is important to choose carefully.
Some things to consider are allergies to specific ingredients, skin discomfort, and treatment costs.
There are several opinions out there on the vast scar treatment options but you know your body better than anyone, make an educated choice. It’s the only one you have.