Your body produces scar tissue as a way to heal a cut, incision or other damage to the skin. A scar can form internally on organs as well as externally on the skin. It appears as a raised mark, and is typically unfeeling. Receiving a limited flow of blood, scar tissue is hard and firm, and has neither sweat glands nor hair growth. There are ways to reduce some scar tissue, but it's not likely you will eliminate it 100 percent.
Things You'll Need
- Massage therapist
- Anti-bacterial ointment
- Alpha hydroxy cream
- Vitamin E
- Dermatologist (optional)
Repairing and Improving Scar Tissue
Get a deep muscle massage. Internal scar tissue on muscles, tendons and ligaments are known as lesions. Scars you develop after recovering from muscle damage can be minimized with deep tissue massage. It breaks down scar tissue, releases toxins, increases blood circulation and reduces inflammation.
Treat your wound quickly. Promptly dealing with an external wound by getting stitches if it is a deep cut, closing the wound and applying an antibacterial ointment early can minimize the amount of scar tissue that will develop.
Use alpha hydroxy acid skin cream. Available over the counter, this ointment can help improve the appearance of scar tissue.
Take Vitamin E. This vitamin is known to help produce collagen. It also breaks down free radicals, which interfere with the healing process.
Consult a dermatologist. Depending on the type of scar you have, and what caused it, a chemical peel reduces the size of keloid scars and acne scars by removing the top layers of skin. Topical silicone ointments and sheets, steroid injections and surgically removing some of the collagen in the scar are a few other options for you to consider with your doctor.
Tips & Warnings
- Many cosmetics have recently been put on the market to conceal tattoos. They're very effective in hiding scars as well.
- There is no such thing as a miracle pill or ointment that will eliminate a scar 100 percent. Many of these products contain Vitamin E or a concealer that will improve the appearance of your scar.
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