Ask Style: How To Make a Scar Disappear?
I have an annoying scar on my face that I would love to make disappear. Which treatments work best? I don't want to spend a ton!
—Kendra, via the Ask Style inbox
Maybe it's our inner female warrior, but we like to think of any wounds we incur as battle scars. We're slightly proud of that time we wiped out on our roller skates when we were five—maybe a little less so of the time we ate it in our six-inch Louboutins. While we try to love all our unique markings—It gives me character!—sometimes you'd rather not have lifelong reminders of every bump and scrape along the way. Here are our best trips and tricks to treating and preventing those pesky scars.
Word among top dermatologists is that there is one ingredient that works wonders. This gold standard they speak of is none other than silicone. Apparently silicone salve creates a protective and breathable barrier around the mark, creating the ideal environment for it to heal. Our personal favorite brand is Kelo-cote, which is clinically proven to work and comes at a budget-friendly price. If you're looking for a quick drugstore fix, Curad's Scar Therapy Silicone Pads also have the magic ingredient.
There are also a few things you can do to a new scar to prevent long-term damage. Once the wound is completely healed, (and not a minute before!) gently massage the area to break up the dense bands of collagen attached to the skin. This is standard practice to reduce caesarean section scars. Also, make sure to keep fresh scars out of the sun. The UV rays can slow the healing process and stimulate pigment, causing dark discoloration.
Lastly, if all other options haven't worked on your little battle scar, consider laser treatments. While the price is steep, your skin can show remarkable improvement. Talk with your derm about which treatment would be best for you.
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