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Facial Scars

Health Articles > Scars Articles > Facial Scars

Facial scars can be particularly distressing and in severe cases, even be emotionally damaging.  Although scars often appear as a result of an accident or an injury, acne scarring is common.  Scars can also result when moles or skin tags are removed by cutting them away.

It may be possible to remove or at least lessen the appearance of facial scars.  In some cases, scars may even improve if left alone but over time.

Surgery is one method where the doctor will cut away the scar and close with tiny stitches so that you are left with a much smaller scar.

Laser treatment has become very popular and different lasers are used for different types of scars. A CO₂ laser beam is used for acne scars while a pulse dye laser can improve older and more severe types of scarring.  Lasers are effective because they can lighten dark scars and even out the skin’s surface.

Laser skin resurfacing is a successful method for the type of acne scars that are indented.  A word of warning is that those with skin conditions such cystic acne, eczema or psoriasis will not be able to undergo this laser treatment.

Cryosurgery is a further procedure used for facial scars where super cooled liquid nitrogen is applied to scarred tissue to gently remove it without damaging the skin underneath.  Especially useful for more prominent, raised scars, this procedure can cause some discomfort.

Another treatment used for scars on the face is micro dermabrasion where a small device buffs out the top layer of the skin to give a smoother look with less damage.

Silicon gel sheets can be used on healing skin, helping to treat or prevent hypertrophic and keloid scars (raised scars) but they should be worn over the scar 12 to 24 hours a day, for two to three months. Most sheets can be reused until they dissolve but both the scar and the silicone sheet should be washed with mild soap and water each day.

The correct use of cosmetics can help cover up facial scars while the healing process takes place, particularly if a concealer is used that matches the skin tone.  A cosmetic product with green or yellow undertones will take some of the red out if this is a problem with your skin. Look for a natural concealer product if possible and when applying, keep on blending for a more natural appearance.

The massaging of facial scars can help to break up scar tissues while improving the circulation of blood to the face area. This works because the lymph nodes are encouraged to drain excess fluid that commonly surrounds scar tissue during the healing process. Rub the scar in a circular motion to promote fluid drainage; stretch the surrounding skin outwards while gently rubbing the scar with thumbs using a circular motion; apply pressure to the scar with a finger or thumb and rub in one direction (the palm can be used for larger scar areas); and apply massage oil to the scar while massaging to prevent drying out of the skin.

Increase your vitamin D levels with plenty of sun exposure on your body but of course avoiding your face which is vulnerable to sun exposure when there is scarring. Apply a natural sun screen to any scarred areas if necessary.  15 to 30 minutes of sunlight exposure (depending on your skin tone) around midday several times a week will help to boost your vitamin D levels and the healing process.  A vitamin D3 supplement can take the place of sunlight during colder months.

A cost effective and successful treatment for scars is H-Scar which is an all natural product with pure essential oils to reduce the look of scars while at the same time smoothing and texturing the skin. The appearance of scars will fade and the skin will be restored to a more natural colour but without any pain or discomfort at all.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Scars/Pages/Treatment.aspx




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