What to do with Scars?

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Words | Lian Buan

Scars are imprints of bitter past, pains and insecurities- it also shatters one’s confidence; and for you to regain that confidence, we listed down some scar treatments that you might need to consider.

  • PIGMENTED SCARS

Usually caused by insect bites and allergies, only affecting the epidermis or outer layer of the skin. Dr. Jean Marquez, a resident dermatologist on GMA News TV’s Pinoy MD, advises applying whitening lotion on the affected area regularly. The lightening process can be sped up with mesowhite treatment. Valued at around PHP 4,000 per session, mesowhite stimulates the skin’s collagen production for visible improvement of hyperpigmentation.

  • DEPRESSED SCARS.

When a wound reaches the dermis, or inner layer of the skin, it leaves a “depression.” Depressed scars are spawned from deep cuts. The most practical treatment for them is direct application of aloe vera and an avoidance of cleansers with strong chemicals. Fractional laser treatment,which costs around PHP 3,000 per session, can also help. (Visit page 63 for more information on this treatment.)

  • CONTRACTURE SCARS

This is most commonly known as the post-burn scar. Contracture scars tighten the skin and may even affect muscle development. Professional medical care is needed to address this type of scar. To avoid developing contracture scars for minor burns soak the affected area immediately in cool water for at least five minutes. Aloe vera gel can be applied, as well as antibiotic ointment. A loose gauze must then be put in place to protect the skin.

  • KELOID SCARS

A keloid scar is the result of a wound over-healing itself. When the mechanism that informs your skin to stop producing collagen fails, an overgrowth of tissue occurs. Keloid scars are slightly raised above the skin and can even outgrow the original wound. Silicone pads are readily available in the market for keloid scars. But, before using them, Dr. Marquez recommends trying a home remedy first. Put a piece of styrofoam over the scar and wrap it up with a bandage. The keloid can flatten and soften in a week. Other treatments to consider are steriod injections and cryotherapy. This procedure involves freezing the scar’s deep tissues with liquid nitrogen, cutting blood supply to the lesion ,and leading to a flatter surface.

  • HYPERTROPHIC SCARS

Hypertrophic scars resemble keloid scars, only smaller. Unlike keloids, hypertrophic scars do not grow beyond the area of injury and have the tendency to fade over time. They can be treated in the same way as keloids.

  • ACNE SCARS

Acne scars can appear as black smudges or in worse cases, as deep-pitted craters. New York top dermatologist Dr. Gervaise Gerstner recommends a number of ingredients to look for when looking for products to treat acne scars at home:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Purcellin oil
  • Centelline formula
  • Hydroquinone
  • Kojic acid
  • Viniferine

Nevertheless, there are a number of in-clinic treatments available nowadays for faster results, depending on your budget and skin’s need—from chemical peels to collagen induction therapy, also known as microneedling.

Well, there is always a permanent solution to everything.

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