Wound Scars

What are Scars created from Wounds?

Scarring is the formation of damaged skin tissue from a wound. When an infliction lacerates the flesh, causing trauma and damage, the body's defense mechanism sends out signals for collagen to repair the wound. Scarring, the last stage of healing, is the mechanism of rebuilding the skin tissue.

The depth of the wound or a genetic predisposition determines the appearance of the scar tissue. For instance, if the wound is quite deep, an overabundance of collagen is produced, causing the scar, which will be pink or purplish in color, to slightly rise above the skin’s surface. In some cases, these types of scars can slightly fade over time. Most cases, however, the scar tissue needs to be treated for it to fade and smooth out.

These types of scars are referred to as hypertrophic or keloid scars. Once these scars have formed, you might have to seek medical attention to receive different treatments. A dermatologist or plastic surgeon may administer prescription silicone gels, laser resurfacing, chemical peels and cortisone injections to remove the built-up scar tissue.

Treatment for scarring should start when the wound was formed, as this will prevent the skin tissue from overproducing the collagen. This will keep your skin smooth and the scar less visible. First, keep the wound sanitized and properly covered with appropriate bandages. Keeping the wound moisturized also protects the skin's barrier. Under no circumstances should scabs be picked off or removed. Not only does this cause more trauma to the healing tissue, but it also causes the collagen synthesis to overproduce and create a scar. Keep the wound out of direct sunlight, too. Now, once the wound has healed, apply sunscreen to the skin to protect it from UV damage.

If preventative care wasn’t addressed and an unsightly scar has formed, there are treatments that can remove it. Professional chemical peels, lasers and dermabrasion are treatments, performed by a licensed professional or doctors, that remove built-up scar tissue. At-home professional skincare products that contain alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, also help exfoliate the skin tissue to smooth it out. Serums and creams that contain natural extracts that act as an anti-inflammatory also assist in smoothing scar tissue, especially if the scar is irritated and red.

An alternative to scar tissue treatment comes from Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare. In particular, its serum Catalyst, which has a multitude of anti-aging functions that help repair the skin’s DNA structure. Catalyst also facilitates the smoothing of scar tissue and even helps eliminate hypertrophic scar tissue.

As with any treatment, it takes time for the skin tissue to smooth and, even then, scarring may not completely disappear. Some scar tissue may have a slight appearance, but the skin’s surface will be smoother.

If the scar tissue becomes bothersome, itchy or aggravated, have it looked at by a doctor. With any skin issues where there’s a medical concern, always consult with a physician.

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