Helping Your Body Repair Scars

Scars can be difficult to live with. They can put past trauma on display, raise questions from curious observers, feel itchy or painful, look distracting or unappealing, and simply bring down our self-confidence. What’s even worse is that scars can be difficult to get rid of. They can look bad for years and even stick around for a whole lifetime.

So, we’re here to talk about ways that you can help treat scars as well as prevent new scarring when you’ve experienced surgery or an injury.

Let’s start by talking about the biology of scarring itself.

What Causes Scarring?

The body’s healing process causes scars. When you sustain an injury, your body releases chemicals called cytokines. The presence of these proteins triggers and regulates the response, which includes creating initial inflammation to search for any dangerous contaminates, immune response activity, and vasoconstriction to stem bleeding.

However, some cytokines have a negative impact on the process of healing. Too many “bad” cytokines create prolonged or excessive inflammation (these bad cytokine effects also contribute to conditions like Crohn’s disease and other inflammation-centered health issues).

In the case of wound repair, too much inflammation and irritation leads to delayed healing and worse scar formation.

How to Help Prevent Bad Scarring

The best way to help prevent unsightly scars is to take proactive steps to ensure you reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin growth as soon as you are recovering from anything that might cause a scar.

Your skin needs healthy collagen to repair skin, and increased skin turnover will help to speed up the process. Use products that promote collagen formation and moisturize and exfoliate the area without being too harsh. Applying these products regularly can help prevent scaring and encourage healing.

Some helpful compounds include:
  • Tripeptides that are formulated to reduce inflammation and draw the right nutrients to the area
  • Vitamin C, which plays an essential role in collagen construction
  • Retinol, which increases cell turnover without being physically abrasive to the area
  • Hydrolyzed soy protein, which contains antioxidant isoflavones that support skin elasticity
By applying these on the skin regularly, you will help your body heal quickly and efficiently, reducing the chances of scarring. You should also keep the area out of the sun as the sun has a damaging effect on skin and interferes with healing.

How to Diminish Already Existing Scars

Once a scar has formed, it is difficult to reduce its appearance. However, there are some things you can do to help it look less noticeable. The first step is to moisturize the area regularly. This keeps the scar from becoming itchy and dry, problems that may cause discomfort and keep the area inflamed.

To help keep the scar from getting worse, apply a lotion with SPF protection anytime you go out in the sun. This is good advice whether or not you have a scar, but scar tissue can be even more sensitive to sun exposure than other skin. Using sun protection helps prevent darkening or thickening of the scar.

You can also apply ointments with ingredients from the list above. These ingredients will still work to promotes healthy collagen growth even on scars you have had for some time, but they will not be as effective as they are when used for prevention.

For both prevention and the diminishment of scars, some people have found success using silicone gel or silicone sheets to cover the scar area. The silicone creates tension and pressure across the skin, which can reduce excess growth and chronic inflammation.

What About Particularly Difficult Scars?

Pitted scars and keloid scars can both be particularly difficult to eliminate once they have formed.

For pitted scars (usually from acne), one option is skin needling. This treatment involves pricking the scar tissue area with fine needles to cause bleeding. The minor injury triggers the body to produce more collagen in that area, reducing the appearance of scars. Again, this treatment is less effective the older the scarring is.

Keloid scars are even trickier. These scars can become quite large and can grow for months or years. They form when the body is creating ineffective collagen structures, leading to chronic inflammation and triggering an excess of poorly constructed collagen.

Dermatologists have struggled to treat these scars effectively. For very large ones, the best option is removal followed by very aggressive forms of scar prevention (keloids tend to return and can be even larger if prevention is not taken seriously).

For smaller keloids, your dermatologist may recommend regular cortisone shots to reduce and prevent inflammation, which can help shrink the scar, lighten the area, and prevent the body from building more scar tissue.

At Regen Health, we want to offer you an effective at-home treatment to prevent and reduce ordinary scars. Our scar repair includes all the ingredients on the list of compounds plus a couple more that we have found effective: acmella oleracea extract to reduce muscle tension in the area and pseuderoalteromonas ferment extract to boost collagen.

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