Scars and Stretch Marks: Can you REALLY Get Rid of Them?
There are several brands of scar sheets sold over the counter now in drugstores
and supermarkets. These adhesive patches contain silicone, which can soften
scars. They work best on raised (hypertrophic) scars, and are not to be used
until the scar heals (wound closed). Silicone patches must be worn for at least
8 weeks to get results. There are also topical gels available that may help
reduce such scars. Some of the brand names are Band-Aid, Neosporin and Mederma.
Flat (normotrophic) scars are the same height as the surrounding normal skin.
Old, flat scars are the most difficult to get rid of. Such a scar can sometimes
be improved by a medical doctor specializing in dermatology, who can determine
what results can be expected with which of the many new procedures available,
such as laser resurfacing. A depressed (hypotrophic or atrophic) scar can be
raised by an MD dermatologist, or registered nurse under their supervision,
by injecting collagen beneath it.
NOTE: If you have a new scar, keep it out of the sun, wear sunscreen over
the scar, and try to keep it moist with Vitamin E cream while it is healing.
ACNE FACIAL SCARS:
Acne can leave lifelong scars and, for those who are bothered by it, I would
suggest visiting a hospital affiliated (MD) dermatologist to see what your
options are. You have your life in front of you. A dermatologist might discuss
dermabrasion, chemical peel, collagen injections or laser resurfacing as options
Don’t be angry with me, but there is less hope for stretch marks. There
are a number of reasons for stretch marks, but the main one is rapid weight
gain, whether during pregnancy or fast weight gain otherwise. Applying lotions,
creams and ointments can help a little in some cases, especially if the extra
weight was not put on too quickly. You should know that these marks can disappear,
or lessen, after the cause of the skin stretching is gone. Stretch marks can
even be found in children who have become rapidly overweight.