Unfortunately, not many of us are blessed with clear and spotless skin. Some have acne, wrinkles and then there are some with deep scars.
However, scarring is nothing new but so many of us tend to mistake it for hyperpigmentation. Not only on the face, scar can happen anywhere on the body and your regular skincare products aren’t enough to diminish their appearances.
What is a Scar?
Scar occurs as part of the healing process after your skin has been damaged. Your body is smart and will repair itself by growing new tissues to pull together the wound and fill in any gaps by the injury.
What are the types of scars?
Scars can come in all shapes and sizes but not all are the same. Here are several types you should know of.
- Contracture: This occurs normally after a burn, a contracture scar causes the skin to tight (contract). It can be difficult to move, especially if it gets into the muscle and nerves or occurs over a joint.
- Depressed (atrophic): Sunken in appearances, these are normally a result from chicken pox or acne. Commonly known as ice pick scars, they often appear on the face and become more noticeable with age as our skin does lose collagen and elasticity in due time.
- Flat: Initially raised, this scar will flatten overtime as it heals. They are often pink or red in appearance and overtime become lighter or darker than the surrounding skin.
- Keloids: These scars are very noticeable as they rise above the skin’s surface and spread beyond the wounded area. The overgrown scar tissue can get larger and may cause discomfort and affect your movement.
- Stretch mark: This scar occurs when the skin expands or shrinks quickly, thus damaging the connective tissue underneath. It is often seen during pregnancy, puberty or after weight loss or weight gain.
Scarring can happen to just about anyone and as an affordable alternative, many sought for numerous skincare products or topical treatments to reduce it.
However, it’s not as simple as it may seem and we (hate to) breakdown why your skincare products just might not be the solution to your scarring issues.
Why Your Regular Skincare Is Not Enough To Get Rid Of Your Scars
Using The Wrong Products
Not all skincare products are made the same. Also, our skin is unique and responds differently to ingredients. What may work well for your friend may not yield the same result for you.
There are many products with wonderful active ingredients like Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and Retinol which are proven to be great ingredients for scars and pigmentation but the percentage is often kept lower to ensure it’s safe for various people.
The more you buy and use, the better it is for your scars? Wrong! Don’t fall to the marketing trend, your scars need time to heal and by adding too many products, you’re stressing it out.
For now, a simple moisturiser that helps lock in moisture would be best during the healing process.
Skipping the SPF
Using too many products can irritate your scars further. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip the essentials like SPF.
Although SPF is no miracle cure for scars, they are very good to wear as they can prevent any sun damage which would cause your scar to darken overtime. Choose one with at least SPF30+++ and reapply every 2 to 4 hours when outside.
You’re losing collagen
Let’s face it, we’re all getting older and there is no miracle product out there in the world that could reinject all the collagens we have lost.
While it’s good to take good care of your skin, expecting a reverse sign of ageing and scar recovery almost instantly from one product is absolutely illogical.
That is why, we recommend getting your scar treatments from our clinic. Our consultation would help determine the severity of your skin and recommend the suitable treatment. Within a few sessions, you will notice just how much better your scar would look and you can now save money from buying unnecessary products.
Do you wish to start your scar healing journey? Book a consultation now and we’d be happy to help!