Are your scars affecting your confidence? Whether your scars are a result of acne, tattoos, injury or surgery, they can have a severe impact on your self-esteem. But there’s no need to let your scars define you. Here are five things you can do to reduce the appearance of a scar.
- Stay out of the sun
Exposure to UVA and UVB rays will increase the pigment in the skin, making your scars more prominent. Be sure to use lotion with a minimum of SPF30+ when you’re outdoors, even if it’s cloudy.
Ask your skincare consultant about products with highly concentrated active ingredients that encourage the production of collagen and elastin, and resurface the layers of the skin. These can help with the healing process and gradually reduce the appearance of scars.
- Skin needling
Skin needling is an effective, safe and minimally invasive technique that reduces the appearance of scars by stimulating the production of collagen. You’ll see results within six weeks, and your skin will continue to improve for up to a year – sometimes more. Three skin-needling treatments done six weeks apart is recommended for optimum results.
One of the reasons skin needling is so popular is that it’s suitable for use on all skin types and all areas – even the most sensitive around the eyes, mouth and décolletage.
These treatments are highly effective in treating pigmented areas and dark marks. Chemical peels are particularly useful for stubborn scars that haven’t responded to other treatments. The active ingredients interfere with the process of melanin production, while the Retinoic acid boosts cell turnover. This activity forces the pigment cells up to the surface, where they are shed. Skin pigmentation fades, and new marks are prevented from surfacing.
Fractionated laser treatments are ideal for treating acne and post-operative scarring, as well as old scars. It’s highly effective because fractionated lasers operate on 1927nm and 1050nm wavelengths. The first works on the skin’s superficial layers, speeding up post-inflammatory pigmentation, while the latter works at a deeper level on more severe and established scarring.