8 Different Types of Scars And Treatments

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Scars leave unpleasant memories of injury or surgical procedure. Each one regardless of the size and the place represents the aesthetic, cosmetic, and psychological problem which are the most difficult to cope with.

Do you have it but don’t know which type it is so you can treat it right? There are different scar types that you should know about. Each one has its features and specific treatment that you should know about to care about it in the right way.

Types of scars and their treatments

It is crucial to know what kind of scar you have before you start to heal it. Learn about each one and find the right treatment for you.

Keloid and hypertrophic scarring

Keloid and hypertrophic scarring are the results of non-ideal wound healing. They arise as a result of excessive production of extracellular matrix and dermal fibroblasts with high mitotic activity on wound healing.

Large ones are a primarily aesthetic disturbance for the patient. Disturbances of function, pain and psychosocial problems associated especially with frequent recurrences due to unsuccessful treatment occur rarely.

keloid scar tissue

Pathogenesis of keloids

The exact pathogenesis of the formation of the keloid is not known. The incidence is inherited; they are more often in blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

Fibroblast proliferation wound healing

Because of skin damage (wound, piercing, infections, surgical wounds, shave), they spontaneously occur in susceptible individuals to hyperproliferation of fibroblasts, which clinically manifest as keloids.

What is the difference between hypertrophic scar and keloid?

Hypertrophic scars are difficult to distinguish from keloids, especially in the development stage. In most cases, the difference is only in the fact that this type of scar doesn’t spread beyond the boundaries of the scar in contrast to keloids.

The difference between keloid and hypertrophic scar treatment

The treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids is similar but the treatment of hypertrophic ones is less frequent as in keloids. Therefore, it is very important to correctly distinguish between each of them, which is often difficult for the patient to recognize.

How to get rid of keliods?

You can heal keloids if you use the next methods for their care individually or in a combination of:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Laser treatment
  • Cover with silicone pads
  • Applying a mechanical pressure on the keloid
  • Intralesionally corticosteroid injection
  • Classical excision with a scalpel
  • Radiotherapy
  • Intralesionally injection of interferon-alpha
  • Intralesionally injection (blockers of the calcium pump) verapamil

Rolling scars

These are hypertrophical scars that looks like waves. They are wide and caused by subcutaneous scarring. The skin looks normal over them. They occur after acne and can be improved by the use of hyaluronic acid or its own fat.

rolling scars

Why do rolling scars form?

Their formation depends mostly on the way how your skin heals. Inflammation of the acne can be the reason also so it is important to treat them at the right time.

Contracture scars

Contracture scars are the result of burns, maturation of scar tissue and shrinkage of collagen fibers.

Scar contracture symptoms

A serious consequence of contractures can be reduced joint flexibility but it can go deeper and also affect the muscles and nerves. These ones will make your skin look damaged.

Can you massage away scar tissue?

The massage reduces the hypersensitivity of the contracture ones and softens them. Repeated mechanical pressure on tissue causes softer and more movable skin tissue.

How do you massage scar tissue?

Begin the massage with a light touch and then gradually increase up the pressure to the limit which you can tolerate.

How often should I massage my scar tissue?

I recommend you to perform circular movements on the expiry of scars often with the thumb and in combination with a cream that contains ingredients for moisturizing and softening them. Massage should be performed several times a day or whenever the skin is dry (tightening skin) for about 5 minutes.

Acne scars

They result from serious forms of acne. We distinguish between the varying intensity of the scars from minor holes to deep ones and corrugated relief of facial skin.

How do I get rid of acne scars fast?

Acne scars differ in type and depth. Their treatment depends on their type. Today, I am giving you a quick and simple recipe to treat them at home.

How can I use aloe vera for acne scars?

You will need aloe vera leaf that you will open and scoop out the gel that is under its skin. Clean your hands and massage the gel gently on the scar. Leave the gel on so it dries. It is best to do it in the evening when you take a shower so your skin will be clean and you will have time to dry it without touching it.

Ice peak scars

Acne causes scars typically in the form of an ice knife, so-called ice pick scars. They are deep, narrow, and extend vertically into the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.

How are ice pick scars formed?

When acne infection reaches the skin surface they destruct its tissue and ice peak scars are born. They occur on areas where the acne tends to break out more often.

How do you get ice pick scars?

They are atrophic and may appear when you pick on the blackheads and whiteheads. Ice peak scars prevail on the cheeks.

How to treat them?

Treat them with an ice pick scars cream that will suit your skin and do it regularly for visible results.

Boxcar scars

Boxcar scars occur after acne, more specifically, after the severe acne breakout and inflammation. Inflammation destructs the collagen in the skin.

How do boxcar scars look like?

They are angular, atrophic scars that are wider than the ice peak scars. They may be shallow or deep. This type has sharp vertical edges.

Boxcar scars treatment

They occur after acne so it is important to heal them with creams that cure acne. These products should disinfect, moisturize, and nourish your damaged skin with ingredients that are suitable for this skin condition.

Stretch marks

Stretch marks are one of the types of scars that are mostly experienced in women and people who dramatically lose or gain weight. It is also common in teenagers and pregnant women.

Where can you have stretch marks?

Stretch marks are visible lines on the top of our skin. They can occur in abdominal wall, upper arms, thighs, breast and buttocks.

Natural remedies for stretch marks

I suggest that you treat them naturally. Treat your stretch marks with castor oil, aloe vera, egg whites, sugar, lemon juice, and other home remedies that heal.

Which type of scar do you have?

As you see we have different scars and their treatments available. To heal your scar properly I recommend that you know which sort you have so you can use my effective tips to cure them.

Home remedies are the best way to cure them, however, sometimes you won’t be able to cure them at home so you will need a help from a cosmetician or a doctor.

But if you have healing plants at home try them each day to see fast results.

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