How to Heal a Scar Naturally
Not cleaning and treating a wound properly, or picking at it too much are some factors that may lead to visible scarring that lasts. Whether it's on your leg or face, from a wound or from surgery, if you want to be left with the tiniest scar as possible, you must learn how to heal your scar properly. In this article on oneHOWTO we give some simple advice and tricks to improve scarring and recovery of the injury, as well as to prevent possible problems later, like infections.
To know how to cure a scar the first thing that you should do is avoid exposing the wound or scars to sunlight. The sun's rays can delay the recovery of the scar meaning it will take longer to heal. You must also follow the same advice for surgery scars and for recent tattoos. Remember that these should be treated in the same way as normal scars.
If your scar is in a visible area and you are out in the sun, you should wear a factor 50 sun cream, even if it is a cloudy day. Apply the sun cream 15 - 30 minutes before going out into the sun and reapply often while exposed to the sun. However, we recommend you to cover the scar completely, to protect it even more from the sun.
To know how to heal a scar it is essential that the wound is well hydrated. You have to keep this area hydrated by constantly using creams, oils, petroleum jelly, etc. As well as bandages to help hold in the moisture.
Massage the scar area very gently using a gentle moisturizing cream. It is very important to massage in the cream in circular motions with your fingers. This will allow for better absorption and will relieve the swelling. This works perfectly for burns and closed scars, but is not advisable for open wounds or infections.
Small movements can tug at the scar and even clothes can rub against it. Therefore, is highly recommended to bandage it with sterilized gauze. Remember that these should be breathable and sterile. In addition, to avoid rubbing, use silicone gel. You must only use creams, ointments and other remedies that have been recommended by your doctor.
If your wound has already healed and the scar is quite noticeable, even after a year, there is little you can do to reduce its appearance. What you can do is camouflage it. You can cover it with make-up or with a tattoo (especially if the scar was on your eyebrow and you lost some hair).
If your scar interferes with your personal or professional life, counselling can help you to address this disruption and improve your quality of life. Don't hesitate to seek professional help. As a last resort you can always turn to cosmetic surgery if the scar is a serious aesthetic problem. For more information on how to get rid of scars on face, check this article. We also have advice on reducing acne scarring and other facial scars.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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