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How to Prevent a Scar

If you have a wound on the body or face, you may be concerned about scar formation. Scarring is quite common with deeper wounds. Here are some steps you can take to prevent a scar from forming.

If you’ve recently cut or injured yourself particularly if it’s in a highly visible place, you may be worried about formation of a disfiguring scar. For a deep cut or wound that penetrates into the dermal layer of the skin, this can be a real concern. Scar formation is part of the natural healing process as the injured dermis tries to repair itself by laying down new collagen. While most scars are flat, some individuals overproduce collagen in response to injury resulting in formation of a hypertrophic, raised scar or keloid which can be quite disfiguring. This is most commonly seen in dark skinned people. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help reduce the risk of scarring. Here’s how to prevent a scar:

Avoid unproven home remedies

When faced with the prospect of a scar, many people turn to home remedies such as application of vitamin E or honey to the affected area. A study published in Dermatological Surgery in 1999, showed that application of vitamin E to scar after skin surgery not only didn’t improve its appearance, but lead to the development of contact dermatitis in some cases. Avoid applying these so called “natural remedies” to cuts as they don’t appear to prevent scar formation.

Consider using silicone sheets

Regular application of silicone sheets to a cut may help to prevent scar formation in some cases. Neosporin makes a version of these silicone sheets which are easy to apply and may even help to prevent formation of hypertrophic scars or keloids from forming at sites of burns, cuts, and other minor injuries. These are a worthwhile investment if you have a deeper cut or are predisposed to scar formation.

Massage the area as new tissue forms

Scars form when new collagen is laid down on the surface of the skin. Massaging the injured area after collagen formation has started to occur can help to break up some of the dense collagen bonds which may give rise to an unsightly scar. Massaging the area several times a day may help to lighten the appearance of the scar even if scar formation still occurs.

Practice good wound care

Practicing good wound care can help to reduce the risk of scar formation. Make sure the area is kept lightly covered with a protective bandage and apply an antibacterial ointment such as Neosporin to reduce the risk of infection. The bandage should be loose to allow air to circulate over the wounded area. Use an antibacterial soap to clean the wound at least once a day.

Other tips

Watch your diet as good nutritional status is important for aiding the healing process. If you smoke, stop until the wound heals as this can reduce oxygen delivery to the wounded area. Avoid exposing the cut or wound to direct sunlight as this can slow down the healing process.

If despite your best efforts, a scar formation still occurs, visit your doctor. There are ways to reduce the appearance of a scar such as dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Although expensive, these can be quite effective in improving the appearance of scarring.

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  1. Great article! Very informative and useful. I’m totally sharing this with people. =)

  2. Great article!

    Blessings & best wishes.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  3. Great article. Very informative and useful.

  4. silicone, massage, avoid the sun — got it!

  5. Thanks for the advice

  6. Just because vitamin e causes harm on skin doesnt mean all natural remedies are dangerous, what the Hell do you think synthetic drugs are made of? Duh, things from nature. Duh?

    Further if natural was so bad, then stop eating things made from nature, and eat synthetic food, yeah, shell out all your money to the pharmacies, cuz dont u no, only they can heal you.

    http://djknight.livejournal.com

  7. i m agree wid daniel i mean home remedies are not dangerous , i have another home remedie to stop scaring and to gloing skin and that is cucumber juice apply it on 10 to 15 minuts and rinse with fresh water..but if its suits ur skin other wise do not do it.

  8. Wow, simple comprehension seems to be quite a task for you two. They were giving an example, ’such as’
    Plus, they weren’t saying nature or natural products were bad, I mean, give me a quote where they say that it is. *whisper* there isn’t one because you most likely read ‘Avoid applying these so called “natural remedies” to cuts as they don’t appear to prevent scar formation.’ as, ‘avoid all of natures things and stuff ’cause it’s bad for you and will kill you, synthetic and artificial ftw!!’
    Jesus I could go on about various other stupid things you two said =/

  9. Shut up hippie

  10. Thx for the tip. I just got back from school….and during school I was playing soccer at recess and I went into a bush….or at least tried and a branch hit me in the face. I have a sratch running down my face that is red and I really don’t want to have a scar…..that is there forever. I have Neosporin on it now. Thanks for the advice.

  11. was up

  12. thanx 4 the advice let u no if it works

  13. vitamin e cream or oil is very good for skin n stretch marks, but if you used most creams while the is still sore, it could well make it feel worse

  14. The article said not to use HOME remedies, not NATURAL remedies. Dumbasses.

  15. The best thing to use on a wound/scratch/burn to avoid a scar according to my Grandmother was the good old pink germoline,as i did use this and it seemed to work for me,the good old remedies that have been tried and tested are usually the best ones, handed down through the years, try it and ya might be surprised.

  16. Thanks for what advice? What was said in this article that isn’t already common knowledge except for that biased and very scewed study about vitamin E and surgery scars? That study was promoted for the singular reason of preventing those same surgeons from losing money because of people healing scars with vitamin E and not spending money on cosmetic surgery.
    I was in a motorcycle accident a few years ago and had some very serious wounds. Nobody would have believed that I wouldn’t have a scar to show for it and that is 100% because of constant application of vitamin E every day until not a mark was left on my body.

  17. Thanks for what advice? What was said in this article that isn\’t already common knowledge except for that biased and very scewed study about vitamin E and surgery scars? That study was promoted for the singular reason of preventing those same surgeons from losing money because of people healing scars with vitamin E and not spending money on cosmetic surgery.
    I was in a motorcycle accident a few years ago and had some very serious wounds. Nobody would have believed that I wouldn\’t have a scar to show for it and that is 100% because of constant application of vitamin E every day until not a mark was left on my body.

  18. Thanks for what advice? What was said in this article that isn’t already common knowledge except for that biased and very scewed study about vitamin E and surgery scars? That study was promoted for the singular reason of preventing those same surgeons from losing money because of people healing scars with vitamin E and not spending money on cosmetic surgury.
    I was in a motorcycle accident a few years ago and had some very serious wounds. Nobody would have believed I wouldn’t have a scar to show for it and that is 100% because of constant application of vitamin E every day until not a mark was left on my body.

  19. I have to agree with trubenoen. I had a horrible oil burn on my upper chest. The doctor tried to convince me from day one that it was going to scar, and that the only way to treat it was with cosmetic surgery. Really? I passed on that offer and applied Natural (not the synthetic) Vitamin E oil to the spot on my chest every day. Guess what. It healed with NO scarring.

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