How to treat scars at home – and hopefully make them disappear
How to treat scars at home – and hopefully make them disappear
Shutterstock How to treat scars at home – and hopefully make them disappear Michael Freeman, Bond University The first six months after an injury or surgery is critical for scar prevention and treatment.

Maybe you have had a skin cancer removed. Maybe you had an accident and needed stitches. If you had a cut on your skin, you probably want to make it appear small as quickly as possible and avoid a long-term scar.

We need to address wound healing in order to reduce scar formation.

Inflammation, proliferation and remodelling are the major phases. These are orchestrated by a special body. Within the first six months after an injury, the majority of scar formation occurs.

What can you do to support this process?

The inflammation phase

The inflammation phase brings in the blood supply.

The first goal of wound care is to prevent infections. Normal wound healing will be impaired by insides. Keep it clean.

If a wound is anticipated, the skin should be removed from the bacteria. It is important to clean the wound within two hours of an injury.

Don't let dirt remain in a wound even if you have to wash it with soap and water. A one-off application of povidone-iodine will help reduce the chance ofbacteria.

The formation of hydrogen peroxide is a natural reaction of your body. External application of this antiseptic can slow wound healing. Weak antiseptic solutions containing silver can be used to improve scar formation.

Some people have raised scars because they produce extra collagen.

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The proliferation phase

The blood vessel cells, the fibroblasts, and the epidermal cells all grow during this phase.

scar contraction can be caused by fibroblasts, a type of cell that makes collagen, and can damage the skin. Once the redness dies down, scars can be white and shiny.

The body breaks downCollagen, the most abundant protein that makes skin strong, continuously. For at least six months after scar formation, this can have an effect on the appearance of the mature wound.

The remodelling phase

The formation of hypertrophic scars (which are raised above the skin level but regression slowly) or keloid scars, which spread beyond the injury site and don't regression later, is often genetically determined. It is related to the type of injury and care of the wound.

The signal to stop the production of collagen within the wound is disrupted in people who develop these scars during the remodelling phase.

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Why do older people take longer to heal?

Try a gel or dressing

If there is no infections, the application of a hydrogel can speed healing. You can use one that is suitable for application to the eye.

The surface skin cells are stimulated by keeping the wound moist. It slows down when they grow out under a hard scab.

If you have an allergy, you should avoid wound gels that contain antiseptics and Preservatives.

Blood vessels and fibroblasts have an intimate relationship. A bigger scar is likely to be growing because of the red and itchy scars. Keeping the scar covered can help improve hydration.

Silicone dressings help with wound management.


If possible, cover the scar with a gel or sheet for as long as possible.

If you're prone to scarring, your pharmacist can show you an over-the-counter formula of Zatamil Hydrogel you can use once a day. This can be used to help reduce the scar. They could suggest a fading cream.

In the early stages of a scar, a laser that targets abnormal blood vessels in the skin can help.

Some final tips

Excess scarring can be reduced by keeping the scar moist with oils.

Don't expose the scar to sunlight. Ultra violet light can cause scars to become very dark in comparison to the rest of the skin.

It is complex to heal wounds. Doctors, pharmacists and dermatologists can help advise on which tips will help your wound.


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