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How To Minimize The Appearance Of Scars

Would you like to keep your skin smooth, healthy, and free of scars? There are a few steps you can take to keep your skin clear:

Avoid Acne Scars

Acne can be embarrassing and painful for teenagers, but it can also leave long-lasting scars. Even adults sometimes find that they are still troubled by frequent breakouts (especially when they are going through hormonal changes. The following tips can help you avoid acne scars:

  • The best way to avoid acne scars is to prevent breakouts in the first place whenever possible. Do your best to keep your pores clear and stop oil from getting on your face. Keep your hair pulled back, don’t touch your face with your hands, and choose your makeup and skin care products carefully.
  • Never pop zits once you have a breakout. This ruptures the skin and spreads infection.
  • See a dermatologist if your acne is serious. You may need medication or other more intense treatment to stop breakouts and keep acne scars from forming.

Help Incisions Heal

Most scars that aren’t acne scars are made by cuts or incisions. Almost any deep cut will leave a scar, but you can minimize the appearance of the resulting scar by helping your body heal properly. Start by considering stitches right away. Getting stitches can help the wound heal and keep the scar much smaller. It is also important to keep the wound clean and covered. Keeping the skin in the area moist rather than letting it dry out can also help the incision heal better. You should also avoid too much sun exposure since sun damage could leave a scar looking darker or make it harder for your skin to heal.

Help Scars Shrink And Fade

While you can’t always prevent a scar from forming, you can often minimize the appearance of the scar, help it shrink or fade the scar. Sometimes it just takes patience as you wait for your skin to heal. You can often speed up the process by using silicone bandages to keep the area clean, moist, and covered. If you have scars that you’d like to make less noticeable, consider Fractional Resurfacing. This treatment helps to rejuvenate your skin, promote the production of collagen, smooth out the skin, minimize discoloration, and reduce the appearance of scars. If you’d like to learn more about this treatment, schedule a consultation at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.