There are many options available for anyone who wants to get rid of or reduce the appearance of a scar. Unfortunately, some of these options, such as dermabrasion, collagen injections, or scar revision surgery, can be invasive, expensive, or complicated. They may not be the best option for you.
If you’re looking for something less invasive, and perhaps more in line with your budget, you should head to your favorite health and beauty aisle. As the health and beauty industry has boomed, there are gels and creams available to remove scars.
Before you decide which scar gel or cream is best for you, it’s important to understand exactly what they do to reduce or eliminate your scar. These products use natural ingredients that encourage the growth of healthy skin cells to prevent scars, as well as to make them less noticeable.
The products smooth, flatten, and soften the scarred skin to help it appear far less noticeable, and can even reduce redness to help the area blend in with the unscarred skin around it. These gels and creams can also help with the itching and irritation that sometimes comes with scars. The ingredients work with the body’s natural healing process to smooth your skin and reduce the appearance of scars.
One option for reducing or eliminating scars is silicone gel sheets. The sheets are thin, transparent, and waterproof, and can easily be cut to fit the scarred area. The sheets are similar to wearing an adhesive bandage, and can even be used on joints or other awkward areas thanks to their flexibility. The sheets work by covering the scarred area and moisturizing it. This helps reduce the size and redness of a scar, and can even help improve the elasticity of the skin in the scarred area. Research has also shown that the improvements to the scar are permanent with silicone gel sheets.
Some people choose to camouflage their scars rather than use products to try and get rid of them. Some cosmetics are designed specifically to disguise scars, birth marks, and even tattoos, and can easily be matched to the skin tones around the scarred area. If you have very sensitive skin or an allergy to the ingredients in scar gels and creams, this may be a good option for you.
Vitamin E is a common, natural ingredient in scar gels and creams. Not only is it moisturizing, but vitamin E works with your skin to help create healthy skin cells. This can work especially well as the skin is healing to prevent scars from forming in the first place, but can help older scars, as well.
Before you decide on a scar gel or cream, take into consideration your skin sensitivity and any allergies you may have. Scarred skin is even more sensitive than the skin around it, so if you normally have sensitive skin, the scarred area will react even more. Once you do select a gel or cream for your scar, make sure you follow the directions carefully and stick with it. If your scar is larger or deeper, it may take longer for the product to work.