Scars, ranging from minor scrapes to major surgery can be minimised with some simple steps. The sooner you begin the better the results. You need to be proactive. Scars are the final stages of a healing process that begin with skin clotting, scabs or stitches. Your body then produces collagen fibres that ‘reconnect’ the broken skin forming new tissue or scars.
You’ll reduce scaring if you avoid infections. Follow professional advice on regular cleaning and dressings. Don’t skip steps here –keep your wound clean. For minor scapes avoid the prolonged use of irritants like hydrogen peroxide, iodine or alcohol. They dry out the skin and actually slow-down healing. And yes, scabs are nature’s best protectors—leave them in place until they release naturally.
The most effective way to reduce scars is to moisturize and protect. Moisturizing soothes itchy scabs as new scars often lack moisturizing glands. Massaging scars daily using rich oil is also important for ‘breaking down’ new collagen fibres, creating smoother, flatter scar tissue. Use an oil that is completely natural, with no chemicals or irritants. Try oils like jojoba and rosehip that combined are packed with natural healing Vitamins A, D, C, E, essential fatty acids Omega-3, 6 and 9.
Top Tips for Reducing Scars
Remember your average scar can take up to 12 months to fully heal to its end point, so an early start and daily care will make a big difference.
Daily moisture and massage (and sun protection) is the best way to heal beautifully.
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