When our skin tissue becomes wounded, our body produces collagen to heal or replace lost or damaged skin. This occurs during a complicated three phase process of inflammation, rapid cell growth and maturation. The result of this natural healing process often leaves us with a scar that may appear raised, sunken, lumpy, smooth, red and even itchy. Unfortunately, not all scars are welcome, and many people choose to seek treatment for the appearance of unwanted, visible scars. Scar treatment is a major part of post-operative care that has gained much attention from surgeons and patients around the world. There are a number of ways that surgical or injury scars can be treated. However, we are going to focus on over the counter topical skincare products.
We asked dermatologists which products they swear by for the different types of scarring.
They took into consideration:
• skin type
• efficacy of the products
• any safety concerns patients should be mindful of
A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear. Not everyone develops these narrow bands on their skin, but it is one of the most common scars.
Some scarring can be treated at home, but it’s best to talk with a dermatologist about severe scarring.