Thursday, January 21, 2010

How to Get Rid of Scars

Prevent scars from forming in the first place. Keep all wounds clean so that they do not get infected. Rub a first-aid antibiotic cream or ointment on them. Rub on an over-the-counter antibiotic cream or ointment designed to help reduce scars. Do not pick at scabs when you have a wound that is healing, or you'll create a worse scar once the wound finally heals.

Buy some Vitamin E capsules. Break open a capsule and rub Vitamin E on existing scars daily. Rubbing on Vitamin E helps to smooth and straighten out collagen, which is a structural protein found in scar tissue. The Vitamin E within the capsule helps to keep the skin soft and moisturized.

Use cocoa butter on new and older scars. Regular use of cocoa butter will help your scars fade and become lighter over time. They may not vanish completely, depending on how long you’ve had them or how bad they are, but the cocoa butter will help.

Buy patches and creams
that are aimed at reducing the appearance of older scars. You can find these creams in most drug stores. The time you will have to wear the patches over the scars will vary, depending on how noticeable the scar is to begin with. The creams usually have to be used for a few months or more. Some of the scar creams and patches have a money-back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the results after a certain amount of time.

See a doctor about surgically removing more severe scarring, such as keloid scars. Do not try to remove a keloid scar on your own. Many surgical scars are permanent, but the appearance can be treated so they become lighter and smoother over time. If you have stitches, do not pick at them or try to remove them on your own. This can re-injure the area and you’ll end up with a worse scar.

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