Scar care techniques:
Once the wound has healed and the scar begins to form, you can adopt several scar care techniques to improve its appearance. In tropical climates, it's important to be mindful of the unique challenges these environments present:
- Allantoin – also known to improve scar appearance
Topical treatment can also include natural extracts to provide a better appearance. These include:
- Onion extract
- Green tea
- Aloe Vera
For larger or more visible scars, you’ll need a more intense treatment that can only be done by a healthcare professional. These treatments are more invasive and include dermabrasion, laser treatment, micro needling, cryotherapy and filler therapy.
They are not at-home treatments and require an expert opinion, so before starting any of these treatment, please choose your dermatologist carefully.
How to prevent scarring:
You cannot avoid all scars, but you can do many things to improve how a scar looks:
Practice good skin care etiquette:
Taking care of a skin injury helps in preventing scar formation, so it is important to always keep the wound moist and clean. Refrain from squeezing, popping or picking acne or pimples. And in the case of a deep or serious cut, please visit your doctor immediately as you may require stitches for your injury to heal properly.
Avoid exposing your scars to direct sunlight, especially during peak hours. Use sunscreen with a high SPF, wear protective clothing, and seek shade whenever possible.