If you’ve ever damaged your skin and got a permanent scar, you know the effects it can have on your self-esteem. Now matter how invisible it is to others, you know it’s there and for many people, this can be devastating. The good news is that there are ways to prevent scars from forming. Some of these suggestions may seem logical but when you know how scars form, and you injure your skin, you’ll also know how best to prevent the scar from staying or at the very least, how to make that scar as minimally visible as possible.
First, don’t damage your skin. We all know this isn’t possible all the time… accidents do happen. But, where it is possible, try to prevent the damage in the first place. Scars form to protect the skin from further injury. Take care when doing any activity that has the potential of skin injury. Wear protective equipment whenever possible.
If you do get a scar, allow your skin to heal well and completely. Care for the scar. Give it proper healing time so that the skin is healthy. If you’re out in the sun, wear sunscreen; this will help it heal better if there isn’t further damage to the skin from UV rays. When cleaning scarred skin, cleanse gently. Don’t be rough with it. Take care around the sensitive, scarred area so you don’t further damage already damaged skin. And, if you have a problem with acne, keep up with the fundamentals of skin care so that you don’t get further acne eruptions on top of a healing scar. If you get an acne flare up on an existing scar, it will prevent the skin from healing properly and give you a permanent acne scar.
Try Vitamin E oil. Wounds can heal faster if nourished and cared for. Give it a try. Get some Vitamin E oil capsules and break one open. Rub the oil on the skin and see if it doesn’t help. You may be surprised at the results.
Don’t pick at scabs. Scabs form to help skin heal. If you constantly are picking the scab, the skin isn’t given the time it needs to heal and a scar will form. This is the same idea if you have acne. If you constantly pick at your skin (your acne), how can you expect for your skin to heal? This is definitely how to NOT get acne scars.
Finally, eat well. Your body heals from the inside out. If you are putting preservatives and other non-nourishing foods into your body, you have an even greater chance of skin problems. And, drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins.
And, remember: a fresh scar always looks worse than one that has healed. Give it some time while it heals in addition to using the steps above and while you can’t prevent all scars from forming, you can give your skin a fighting chance to look healthy and at its best!