How To Get Rid Of Scars
Scars, as we all know, can be unsightly. They can be the cause of social anxiety and embarrassment. This is why people search for the best ways to get rid of scars. They want them to disappear.
Scar removal can be achieved through a variety of methods, including:
In this article, we will deal with a few popular and medical ways for getting rid of scars.
Medical Scar Removal Methods
There are many methods for removing scars. We take a look at a few here:
- Silicone gels
- Scar creams
- Chemical peels
- Laser treatment
1. Using Silicone Gels To Get Rid Of Scars
Over-the-counter silicone gel can be used on fresh or older scars. Silicone gel, which can also be bought as a ‘sheet’, is a very effective home treatment to get rid of scars.
It should be noted that silicone works best on fresh scars, rather than older ones. However, that being said, it can work to soften and reduce the appearance of older scars.
- For the best results, wash the affected area and dry thoroughly
- Cover the scar with a silicone sheet or gel for between 8-24 hours
- Repeat this action for 2-3 months until the scar disappears or has faded
Where To Buy Silicone Gel/Sheets:
Most pharmacies will stock silicone gels and sheets. If you cannot find them at your local pharmacy, you will definitely find them online.
2. Scar Removal Creams
There are a number of over-the-counter scar creams and ointments that can be used to reduce the appearance of scars.
Some will get rid of your scars better than others. We obviously recommend Revitol scar cream because it is extremely powerful, proven to be effective, it’s safe and contains 100% all natural ingredients.
In any event, you should read the ingredients on any packaging carefully. Creams and ointments should include the following ingredients within their formula:
- Hydroquinone – Helps to improve the pigmentation of a scar and the surrounding tissue.
- Glycolic Acid – This natural ingredient helps to smooth out skin and combines to promote the effectiveness of hydroquinone.
- Onion extract – This is used as a natural scar remedy and is an ingredient that is included in most, if not all, scar removal / fading products. By combining its benefits with the hydroquinone, glycolic acid and copper peptide, it makes any scar removal cream highly effective.
- Copper peptide – This ingredient helps a wound to heal better. It helps to reduce scarring. It has its greatest impact on newer scars but will also work to reduce older ones.
- Retinoic acid – This is particularly effective on acne type scars
- Moisturizing ingredients – Moisturizing is such an important part for getting rid of scars. You should see such ingredients as; oxybenzone (a sunblock), petroleum jelly, or paraffin.
Where To Buy Your Scar Cream:
Your local pharmacy might stock a good scar cream. If not, you order direct, on-line, from Revitol.
3. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels have become popular in recent years, however, they are not without risk so consult a doctor or dermatologist before buying a ‘kit’. Peels can be performed at a clinic or at home.
A chemical peel will be helpful for scars that are not too hard, thick or deep. They have the best results on light scars created by acne or chicken pox.
Where To Get Your Chemical Peel:
Peels can be bought over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. However OTC’s are not usually as effective as the peels that are done by a medical professional or dermatologist.
Chemical peels can be quite costly but with regards to light scarring, they should help. The most effective peels tend to be those that contain; glycolic acid or salicylic-mandelic acid. Look out for these ingredients in any peel you buy.
Dermabrasion is mostly used in an effort to reduce or clear up acne scars or pox marks. Scars that are ‘light’ and easily faded. Like chemical peels, dermabrasion is typically used to give a smoother look and feel to the skins surface.
Dermabrasion is conducted by a professional in a clinical environment. It involves the use of motorized fine-wire brush to safely wear down the scar tissue.
It is a procedure not without after-pain but it is performed under anaesthetic.
What To Expect From A Session Of Dermabrasion
Dermabrasion is a typically quick procedure but you will, as noted, feel some discomfort, soreness and redness, around the scar tissue.
- Prior to the procedure, your doctor will ask you not to take certain medications such as painkillers or to apply any skincare product to the surrounding tissue.
- Smoking is another activity your doctor will ask you to refrain from prior to the procedure… and also afterwards. If you cannot give up your cigarettes, then dermbrasion is not for you!
- Once you have undergone the procedure, you should always protect your skin by wearing a sunblock cream.
- Clean the area of the scar regularly using any ointment recommended by your doctor.
5. Laser Surgery
Laser surgery is a treatment used on severe scarring. Although it cannot get rid of the scar entirely, it can drastically reduce its appearance.
The use of laser surgery also has the benefit to improve other complications in relation to the scar tissue. This might include such things as; a reduction in pain, itching and range of motion.
Are you suitable for Laser Surgery?
A lot of factors contribute to the success and effectiveness of any laser treatment. These will include any medical conditions you might have or medications you might be on.
Your doctor or dermatologist will be able to advise you if laser surgery is suitable for you or not. They will also provide you with an in-depth overview of what you can expect from the procedure.
Post Treatment Recovery
After undergoing a laser treatment you should follow your doctors recovery instructions to the letter! It will help maximise the effectiveness of the treatment.
Be Warned: Certain supplements, medications and recreational drugs can seriously delay a scars healing process which will make the laser treatment much less effective.
These will include, but are not limited to; tobacco, vitamin E, aspirin and painkillers in general, topical medications that contain glycolic acid or retinoids. It is NOT advisable therefore, to use any scar cream whilst you are undergoing laser surgery treatment.
Which Is The Best Treatment To Use To Get Rid Of Scars?
As always, the choice is yours and depends very much on your budget. The natural method is to use a scar removal cream or gel. They are the least painful, are very effective, convenient to use, and are very cost effective.
The use of dermabrasion and chemical peels involves a greater cost to your pocket, time spent at clinics and the inconvenience therein. Plus, they can only be used on light scarring.
Laser surgery, although very effective, can be very costly. It would be used on the most severe of scarring.
For 90% of scarring issues, a powerful natural scar removal cream or gel will do the job effectively for you.