Shaving is a popular method of hair removal using single, double and even triple bladed razors to remove hair just above the surface of the skin. Although effective, shaving also increases your risk of cuts and nicks to the delicate skin. Some cuts and nicks do scar no matter how much care you take to prevent scarring. Scars appear as red, purple or brownish patches of damaged skin and cannot be completely eliminated. Certain treatments can fade and reduce scar size without causing further trauma to your skin.
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Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen to your scars whenever you are outdoors. Scars are easier to sunburn and become more noticeable when exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays, according to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies." Sun damage will also sabotage all previous efforts to reduce shaving scar appearance.
Massage your scars with a thick moisturizer to keep skin hydrated and increase blood flow to the area. According to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies," the increased blood flow stimulates collagen production within your skin, healing scarring effectively.
Apply an over-the-counter alpha hydroxy acid lotion to your skin daily, suggests CareFair.com. Alpha hydroxy acids are natural fruit acids that work by exfoliating your skin thus fading unwanted shaving scars.
Eat a well balanced diet with focus on zinc and vitamin C enriched foods such as broccoli, potatoes, beef, peanuts and citrus fruits. According to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies," these nutrients help speed the healing process in your skin during and after injury. These nutrients build collagen tissue around your blood vessels in order to restore your skin to a more appealing appearance.
Consult your dermatologist for professional chemical peels to remove the outer layers of damaged skin and promote new skin healing to eliminate scar appearance. According to CareFair.com, the more common chemical peels available are TCA or glycolic acid chemical peels that allow for your skin to take on a more even tone and texture after each treatment session. Several sessions may be required, depending on the severity of your shaving scars.