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How to avoid scarring
o Make sure to clean the cut very well, before anything else: that means using water and soap. If you cut yourself with a dirty object you must apply an antiseptic lotion.
o Remove all debris, such as rocks and dirt. These things stop your skin from healing completely and may form a sort of “tattoo” on your skin.
o Cover the cut with an impermeable bandages that are not sticky, like those transparent ones that are used to treat blisters on the feet. The point of this is to keep the cut humid to encourage its healing. Whatever you do, do not let it dry up without being covered.
o Keep your bandages on for at least 48 hours. If you removed it before this time, the regenerating cells may be torn out.
How to heal better
Healing our body’s natural regeneration process. When the layer that’s under our skin, the dermis, is damaged, our body produces collagen and protein fibers that work to fill the cut so that the layer of skin, or epidermis, can regenerate.
You can apply collagen creams or hyaluronic acid, available in pharmacies, to help your skin’s regeneration. These products are applied directly onto the skin or the bandages and would speed the regeneration of the dermis and epidermis.
We are not all equal in healing
We all have some “battle scars” from our childhood. These are the result of our numerous falls, you say? Well, it’s not only that!
o Children’s skin scar more markedly.
o Old people’s skins scar less but the healing process is slower.
o Asian and African descendants tend to “over-heal” and have thicker, bumpier scars which are then called keloid. Their scars would also be more visible because they are more pigmented.
o The scars over the areas where the human body moves a lot, such as the back, are bigger because the edges of the cut tend to spread.
o The cleaner the wound the better it heals. A cut you get after falling will result in more scaring, compared to a knife cut or a surgical cut.
How to reduce scars
When your cut has healed, you can use these moves to improve its final look.
o As long as the area is red, do no expose it to the sun, otherwise the scar will get pigmented.
o If the scar seems rigid, massage it to soften it.
o If the scar is bumpy, apply silicone patches to it to flatten it (available in pharmacies). Your dermatologist may also prescribe a cream containing cortisone to stop the cells from multiplying.
Several techniques have been developed in the attempt to reduce scars such as:
o Collagen injections to fill hallow scars that appear especially as the aftermath of acne.
o Laser or peeling that remove superficial layers of the skin.
o Don’t expect miracles! And don’t overlook the risk of ending up with an even worse scar!
o Before hurrying into costly procedures weigh out the pros and the cons: do you really need it? You’ll have to wait for at least a year to see what your scar will look like in the end.
o Some scars that appear horrible at first may end up being almost invisible a few years later. So remain confident and don’t lose your patience.