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Ointments and Treatments for Healing Scars

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Nicole Campbell has been writing professionally since 2005. With an extensive medical background, a nursing degree and interest in medical- and health-related writing as well as experience with various lifestyle topics, she prides herself on her conversational, active voice and ability to relate to the average reader.
Ointments and Treatments for Healing Scars
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Scars are the most unfortunate part of injuries next to the pain. Some scars are so severe that you will need a prescription to clear the wound, or you may even go so far as to change your wardrobe so your scar or scars are kept concealed. This is often unnecessary, as there are techniques and less expensive alternatives.

Early Action Is the Best Medicine

The best time to start treating your scar is the very moment the injury appears. The sooner you treat the affected area, the sooner you will see the scar improve. Make sure that your wound and the surrounding area is immediately cleansed and bandaged. Keep this area as free of bacteria and germs as possible.

If infection makes its way to the injured area it will cause a more damaging scar. The sun will also cause more harm, because your scar has less pigment than the rest of your skin and will burn more easily. No treatment of the scar should occur until your abrasion has fully healed, this includes any actions that may hinder healing such as picking on scabs.

Massaging the Wound

Massaging the scar is the most efficient way to speed up the flow of blood and lead to a faster healing time. Giving your injury a massage will also assist and even boost the production of collagen.

Former president of the American Massage Therapy Association Elliot Greene suggests a massaging technique known as rolling to help you relax and break down firm scar tissue. With this method, you pinch the scar between your index finger and thumb at one end, moving across the scar to the other end, rolling the scar between your fingers all the while.

He does warn that this should only be performed on well-healed scars. Another massaging, you can press down on the injured area until it appears white. Then massage in all directions and in circles. The latter procedure will more often be used to apply creams and ointments, as they call for the medication to be massaged into the wound.

What To Apply

When you are looking for creams and ointments to help heal your scar, be sure to select one that has a silicone base. This substance has been shown to be very effective in improving the appearance of scars, if it doesn’t remove it entirely.

Silicone treatments are available in the form of sheets, cushions and gels, and are used in a regimen. They must be applied to the affected area for 12 hours daily for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Professional Assistance Is Available

Scars that come from surgery as opposed to acne or a simple scrape may need treatment that is a bit more extreme. Depending on the severity of your scar, you may need to see a dermatologist or surgeon for scar removal, a steroid injection to boost the healing process, dermabrasion that refinishes the top layer of skin, or laser intervention.

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