How to Prevent Scarring

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Prevent Scarring
Prevent Scarring

How to Prevent Scarring. Scars from acne, abrasions and surgery are difficult to prevent and don't fade immediately. However, if you start your battle plan soon after the injury you can lessen the severity of most scars.

Things You'll Need

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Exfoliating products
  • Silicone sheets
  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Sunscreen
  • AHA products

Consult your physician about how aggressive to be in managing any wound and ask about the likelihood of scarring.

Let your skin breathe. When damage to skin is new, do not aggravate it by putting anything such as bandages or ointment on the area.

Use an antibacterial soap to make sure the skin stays clean after the injury.

Avoid letting direct sunlight shine on the damaged area.

Apply a small amount of aloe vera to the area daily as the wound is healing.

Once the damaged area has healed and you are left with a scar, put vitamin E oil on the scarred area every night.

Apply a light moisturizer with sunscreen to the area every morning.

Talk to your dermatologist about using AHAs (alpha-hydroxyl acids).

Exfoliate the area very gently. This should only be done after the skin is completely healed.

For a thick, raised scar, try using silicone sheets. The silicone encourages hydration and softening of the scar. Wear sheet for a prolonged period of time to reduce the raised nature of the scar.

Talk to your dermatologist about acid peels or laser resurfacing for severe acne scars.

Tips & Warnings

  • Raised acne scars also respond to silicone sheets. You can wear the sheets at night, if desired.
  • Prevent acne scars by keeping hands and nails away from blemishes.
  • Silicone sheets may cause sweat rashes or irritation.
  • Pregnant women and women trying to conceive should avoid vitamin A products, as they may cause birth defects.
  • If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a health care professional. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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