Scarring Is A Natural Healing Process, But It Makes Skin Look Worn

Scarring can occur for many reasons, from accidents, fighting and disease, to skin conditions and even some cosmetics. 
According to Body and Soul, Dr. Catherine Reid, the honourary secretary of Australasian College of Dermalogists states, “A scar is a growth of collagen that forms as a natural part of the healing process following injury to the skin, which can occur through trauma, such as falling off a motorbike, surgery, burns or skin diseases such as acne.” She goes on to state factors like size and location of the scar  – plus age, gender, and ethnicity – play an important role in determining the severity of the scar.

Whatever the reason behind the scar, we've outlined some remedies for you to try to help fade the unattractive mark.

Use Ice Cubes

According to Chris Callaway of Livestrong, rubbing ice cubes on scars can help. However the process can be a bit painful. You need to rub the ice cubes – made from purified water – for fifteen minutes daily. The results may not show for a month after starting this regimen, so be patient.

Use sandalwood

Sandalwood is a good remedy for facial scars, often used in South Asian households. Rub sandalwood with either milk or with rosewater and apply to the affected area. Wash the spot with an hour of using cold water. This helps to remove the scars and blemishes.

Use Potatoes

Potato can also help to remove scars, especially from the face as they contain minerals such as potassium and sulfur. Apply raw potato juice daily to help remove the scar.

The Vitamin E Cure Is A Myth

A fat-soluble vitamin available in foods and found as a supplement, Vitamin E is known to have anti-oxidant properties. Unfortunately, there are no scientific studies that prove that consuming Vitamin E will prevent scarring. “People put a Vitamin E cream on, [and over time] notice the improvement,” ABC Health and Wellbeing expert Dr. Phillip Artemi says. “And quite incorrectly, think 'oh it's this stuff I'm putting on' but it's not.” Karyn Repinski of Fitness Magazine agrees, “Don’t treat with Vitamin E. Despite what your grandmother may have told you, Vitamin E has been shown in a University of Miami study to impair wound healing.”

Let The Healing Be A Natural Process

Don’t get carried away with quick fixes! Hydrogen peroxide, for example, can actually skin irritation and instead slow down the healing process, yet some of us try it anyway. Dr. Jessica Krant, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY downstate medical centre tells Everyday Health, “Scabs are nature’s biologic dressing. Picking off a scab repeatedly when a wound is trying to heal will slow healing and increase scarring. ”

Have any tricks when it comes to hiding scars? Share with us by dropping us a comment below.

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