From the scars that arise from wounds to those that come from acne, any form of scarring on your face may leave you feeling self-conscious or distressed. Scars on your face will appear when you encounter a wound or a blemish that you pick. After picking at the area, your body attempts to heal it quickly. Unlike the typical skin regeneration process, this leads to cell layers forming in random patterns, causing the skin in that area to look abnormal.
That abnormal area of skin is what medics refer to as scars. While they may not bother you on other parts of your body, your face is on show all the time. The wound healing process lasts for around eighteen months. During this time, your skin will attempt to make the scar less visible. However, you may find that without the right interventions, the injury never fully heals.
If you have scars on your face and you want to reduce them, there are ways you can tackle the problem yourself. Also, Rutland Aesthetics provides a range of cosmetic treatments that are ideal for scar removal. Also, if you’re prone to conditions such as acne and want to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a facial scar, there are ways to prevent one arising.
What causes scars on your face?
In simple terms, a scar is a mark that forms when your body encounters an injury and tries to heal itself. The appearance of a scar is a natural part of the healing process.
If you encounter a minor wound, such as from a small cut or acne, your scar is more likely to become paler, flatter, and less noticeable over time. Such scars are easy to cover with makeup, but they don’t disappear entirely.
If you have experienced acne in the past or you’ve encountered chickenpox, you may have what medics call ‘pitted scars.’ Acne scars are like crevices on your face.
No matter what the injury is, your scar will form in the same way. Your skin has two primary layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the upper layer; the one that you can see. The dermis is a little further down; it contains blood vessels, nerve endings, and fatty tissues.
The epidermis is very thin, which means it isn’t challenging to injure the dermis. When you do damage it, your body starts the wound healing process. Initially, this means attracting clotting factors to the area and a little inflammation, just to protect it. Providing the injury isn’t too big, your body will send collagen to the area to form a new layer of skin. Unfortunately, because your body is in a rush, the collagen lays itself down in a disorganised manner that doesn’t have the same pattern as the rest of your skin. Because of this, a scar appears.
Can you prevent scars on your face?Few people can predict when a wound will happen. However, if you do have a condition such as acne, there are ways to prevent acne scars:
- Avoid exposing yourself to too much sun
- Cleanse your face on a daily basis
- Tackle your acne naturally by eating more foods containing Vitamin C
- Don’t pick at spots and pimples
If your acne is particularly severe, you may want to ask a dermatologist for advice. Or, you can try a bespoke skincare routine.
How can you treat scars on your face at home?If you feel as though your scars are unsightly, you might want to try treating them at home. From oils to gels, there are plenty of products out there that aid the scar removal process. In addition, you can try natural therapies.
Natural approaches to scar face treatment
Natural substances such as Shea butter and coconut oil contain lots of Vitamin E. Research shows that Vitamin E encourages your skin to produce fresh cells in an organised manner. As such, the earlier you use it in the scar healing process, the better.
One study in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology found that applying onion gel twice a week to scars reduced their appearance. It’s worth noting that some of the participants experienced small bursts of stinging after using the gel, but the sensations died down quickly.
Finally, you might want to try creams containing Aloe Vera. As a substance that’s been used for thousands of years to reduce inflammation, it is useful when you apply it during the early stages of the scar healing process.
Seek over the counter scar healing gels and creams
In some instances, you can purchase over the counter gels and creams that heal scars. For example, Bio Oil. However, if you’re experiencing scarring because of a condition such as acne, you may need to approach your doctor for a prescription. While not all skin types are suitable for acne-reducing medications, it’s always worth seeking professional advice.
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Many good clinics will provide a range of scar treatments that will remove or reduce the appearance of your scars. Such procedures include:
Dermal fillers for scarred skinDermal fillers are particularly useful for treating acne scarring. As injectable scar treatments, they plump the area beneath the skin. Because of this, they fill the gaps that acne scars leave, allowing you to enjoy an even skin surface.
However, like Botox, Dermal Fillers wear off after a while. You will need to return to treatments every so often to see lasting benefits. How often you need to return will depend on the nature of your scars and how thick they are.
Chemical skin peelsWhether you have acne scars or light scars from an injury, chemical skin peels act as useful treatments. Glycolic Acid Skin Peels work deep into the dermis. After doing this, the Glycolic Acid encourages a new layer of skin to form. In addition to producing fresh cells, it draws collagen and elastin to the area, making the skin look even.
If you use several Glycolic Acid peels, you can significantly reduce the appearance of scars. Doing so while adding more Vitamin C to your diet or using treatments that contain Vitamin C will boost the effects. You’ll need to stay out of the sun for a short while, though, as chemical skin peels make your skin more sensitive.
How Can Rutland Aesthetics Help
At Rutland Aesthetics, our team is lead by Dr Dhesi. As a qualified medical doctor with a wealth of experience in the field and aesthetic medicine, he has a strong background in scar healing. If you’re ready to reduce your scars, contact our team today.