How Do I Get Rid Of Scars?

Acne can leave behind scars and marks.
Scars from surgery and injury typically fade over time.
Steroid injections can help with keloid scar tissue.
Scar tissue.
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Scars are permanent or long-lasting marks left on the skin after significant injury. They can be caused by a variety of conditions or trauma, including wounds, acne, or skin-affecting disorders such as lupus. The ability to get rid of scars is still being researched, but several techniques have been shown to be successful in removing some types of scar.

The success of any attempt to reduce the appearance of scars will depend on several factors. Age, skin type, severity of the scar, and the individual's healing ability can all influence how well any treatment will work. One of the best methods to deal with scars is to take preventative measures: maintain a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin E, use protective gear to avoid any wounds, and protect damaged skin or acne-prone from the sun. All of these factors can lower the risks of disfiguring scars.

Laser scar removal is perhaps the most effective way to get rid of scars currently in use. Using focused lasers, the fibrous scar is burned off the skin, allowing healthy new skin to grow in its place. Raised scars, called keloid scars, respond better to laser treatment than atrophic, or sunken, scars. For people with severe acne or other facial scarring, laser removal can smooth out the skin layer to make scars considerably less visible, but rarely removes all trace of the scar.

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Some people suffer from hyperpigmented scars, or scars that appear darker in color than the rest of the skin. These scars are common in people suffering from chronic acne, and are unfortunately difficult to disguise with makeup. Some hyperpigmented scars respond well to commercial skin bleaches that may reduce the difference in color between the scar and the rest of the skin. Read directions and contraindications carefully before using a bleaching product, as they are not appropriate for all skin types.

For people suffering from sunken scars, also called ice pick or atrophic scars, collagen injections may help lessen the noticeable appearance. Collagen plumps the surrounding skin, and is typically used to treat facial wrinkles. Fat transfer from another part of the body may also be used to smooth skin layers and reduce the appearance of scars that appear sunken into the skin.

Some topical treatments, such as microdermabrasion, can help reduce the appearance of minor raised scars. Microdermabrasion involves blasting the skin with tiny crystals that work like sandpaper, etching away damaged skin and encouraging the growth of new skin. Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment because it is done on an outpatient basis, has few side effects, and is relatively inexpensive. Typically, a course of 6-10 sessions is used to smooth out uneven skin and even reduce current acne problems, and each session may cost between $50-$100 US Dollars (USD.)

Trying to get rid of scars can be a difficult and depressing process. Laser treatments are often prohibitively expensive, and do not always get rid of scars. Other products and treatments may work to some degree, but there remains no guaranteed way to remove scars permanently. For people distressed by scars, combining topical treatments with cosmetic products may help give confidence and lessen feelings of unattractiveness. Yet, remember that scars are a record of experience; they can give character to a face or body, and what may appear to one person as a disfiguration may also be a mark of beauty to someone else.

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anon354092
Post 9

The secret to removing large, sunken atrophied scars is to use a Derma Roller and Silicone Scar Away sheets.

I had a large sunken scar in the middle of my nose and I had it for over a year. It literally ruined my life! I had to wear an embarrassing band-aid everywhere I went, if I even dared to leave the house.

I don't have money to go to the dermatologist so I tried everything I could at home to heal it using creams and peels and all kinds of home remedies. Nothing seemed to work. Honestly, I figured this secret out by pure trial and error, and I'm proud to say it works! My scar is proof.

For example, in my situation I used a 1.0mm derma roller that I bought online for $17. The first time I tried using it, I used it as instructed and after cleaning the scar and letting it heal for a week, it had made a scab, and fell off on its own. The scars seemed the same, if not wider.

The second time I used my Derma Roller, one day later, I used it more aggressively. I had already been using silicone sheets on my scar way before I decided to use a Derma Roller. So, my initial idea was that I was going to use the silicone sheets right after I derma rolled again over my scar to create a synthetic scab.

It worked. The silicone sheets provided a very moist environment for the collagen to reproduce. Within the first day, I saw results as it healed. The skin wasn't sunken anymore; it was plumping out and repairing itself. After two weeks, the scar was barely even noticeable and had gotten to the point where I didn't have to hide it anymore. I finally got my confidence back.

So that's how I got rid of my scar. Honestly, I hope this helps anyone out there who is struggling like I was.

anon346217
Post 6

Scars can ruin your life! I have tried Retin-A 1 percent, which caused my skin to peel on the scar, but left my skin all around the scar very red and pigmented. I use 10 percent hydroquinone now and will keep using it! I tried lightly using sandpaper to flatten my scar and it is working slowly. Just do not use dirty sandpaper or over do it! Then, I use antibacterial ointment and zinc oxide cream over that to heal it. This also helps it to peel. I wait until my skin heals up after the sanding -- usually two days -- then I apply the silicone patches over them and leave them on until the next sanding session. I have seen better results than anything else I have ever tried and I have only done this a few times so far less than two weeks!

I have wasted money and so much time on buying every product out there, and professionals cost money I do not have! After sanding, it feels a bit like a sunburn for a day or two. Light scabs form and then the peeling starts. They are getting flatter and lighter now and so I am keeping this up!

When I get my scars to a minimal and very faded appearance, I will use scar camouflage make up to cover the rest and finally have my life back! I have self injury scars on my lower arms from 15 years ago when I tried to take my life over all the abuse I have suffered all my life. I have (had) about six scars ranging from very tiny to about 1 inch. I say “had,” because they are much smaller in size now and shape after using my method! Only one time did I cut myself, not even that deep, and no stitches were needed. They were more like deep scrapes and it has destroyed the quality of my life and held me back from so much!

If I had injury scars from an accident or surgery, I wouldn't be bothered so much by the scars, but self injury scars are different. I am 49 years old now and only cut myself that one time and it has ruined my whole life!

Please, if anyone reads this and does that to themselves, don’t as it is not worth the pain it causes in the long run. Deal with things some other more positive way! I am sticking with my method to rid them to see where it takes me. What else do I have?

anon306871
Post 5

I am 45 years old with a whitish skin. As a 12 year old, I developed a dark scar (patch?) on my inner left thigh and lower leg. (this happened when the blood ran over my left leg during excess bleeding during my periods. I had fainted at school and not noticed it. It turned as a red patch first but later became very dark).

How do I get rid of it?

anon84722
Post 4

Not true about Vitamin E not being an effective treatment for scar riddance and/or reduction. I have had personal experience with its effectiveness and this is my testimony.

I had a raised, itchy numb 4" horizontal scar left on my pelvis from a stapled C-section that had a keloid over it. It was gross!

I used vitamin E pills (broke them open and squeezed them onto scar religiously twice daily, plus took a supplement orally for several months while I doctored my scar). Keloid gone, numbness reduced by about 60 percent and scar greatly reduced.

You have to look for it to find it. I have used Vitamin E many times over long before medical science validated its value for scar healing.

chrysopoulo
Post 3

There are very few treatments to get rid of scars that are backed by science.

Vitamin E is a great anti-oxidant and so it's good for preventing sun-damage. However, it should not be used as a scar treatment as it causes contact dermatitis (skin allergy) in 33% of users. Studies have also shown it does nothing for scar healing.

Multiple studies also show that onion extract (eg Mederma skin care products) does not improve scars either. It's better than nothing because it provides moisture to the healing scar but it's actually no better than plain old vaseline jelly.

Scientific studies have shown that the following DO help to get rid of scars:

1) Stable vitamin C

2) Silicone gel or sheeting

3) Some natural plant extracts like aloe vera and licorice extract

Both vitamin C and silicone help healthy collagen production by the skin which is essential for optimal scar healing. Vitamin C also works very well for decreasing the red or brown discoloration that makes many scars more prominent.

Silicone also decreases the production of abnormal collagen that can cause thick, raised scars (which can lead to hypertrophic and keloid scars).

If you choose a product with vitamin C ensure that it contains a "stable" form C. Most forms of vitamin C used in skin care products are unstable and quickly turn brown after the container is opened. This is a sign that the vitamin C has become oxidized and therefore no longer works. Products that are brown to begin with should probably be avoided as many manufacturers color the cream brown so that users cannot tell when the cream becomes oxidized. Avoid using vitamin C products that are brown.

The only scar treatment I know of that contains all these beneficial ingredients (including stable vitamin C) is a product called "InviCible Scars".

Start whichever scar treatment you choose as soon as the initial scar forms, the skin has healed over, and you can comfortably apply it and rub it in without much discomfort. Wait for all scabs to fall off (sounds like your have already). Continue using it until you no longer see improvement in the way things look and feel.

Sun block should be used over the scar treatment of choice to protect the scar from the sun. Prolonged sun exposure will cause permanent redness of the scar.

anon44126
Post 2

Is this product available in any leading drugstores in the Philippines? if so, how much?

anon37431
Post 1

Yes! Scars are cool! Great way to start a conversation, can serve as reminders to not be foolish, or to get help, or to cause another to ask for help. A scar, indeed, "adds character!"

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