It can be very frustrating to see ugly scars on the face, arms, neck, and other exposed areas of the body. Ugly scars can lead to low self-esteem and social ridicule because of its appearance. The usual approach to scars by dermatologists is through laser skin therapy and grafting. Nonetheless, both procedures are expensive and entails side effects that may not be tolerated by the body.
The natural process of wound healing involves scar formation but the extent and type of scar forming on the skin depends on the depth of the wound and the systemic function of the body for healing. The scar tissue is also present even in the deep layers of the skin apart from its appearance outside the skin. Deeper scars mean deeper wounds as well. There are three wound healing phases:
- Inflammatory Stage. Right after acquiring a wound or any surgical operation, this phase starts to happen. In this stage, the skin appears with discoloration, pain, and swelling. In this uncomfortable level, the inflammatory phase sets the first phase for healing because the skin cells will help in cleaning up the debris and swelling to form new tissue and cells.
- Proliferative Stage. In this phase, the base of scar forms with the help of a cell called fibroblast. Fibroblast cells help form the collagen around the wound and closes the gap to create the base of new skin for growth. A wider and deeper wound will need more collagen and fibroblast cells for filling the skin graft.
- Remodeling Stage. During this process, the body will persistently produce the necessary amount of collagen for 24 months. In some instances, the production of collagen is high that will result to a thickened or raised scar called hypertrophic. Higher amounts of collagen may result to its attachment on muscles and tendons that can restrict the movement.
Choosing the Best Scar Removal Cream
There are many scar removal creams available in the market nowadays. Although this is the case, it is important to take note which products are effective and those that will only cause further problems on your skin. The following are the ingredients, which are necessary for a scar removal cream to be effective:
- Pure Shea Butter Extract. This is one of nature’s gifts to sustain a glowing, younger skin. Not only will this ingredient lighten the appearance of scars, it will also offer the most effective moisture treatment that your skin needs. This ingredient has been present for centuries and used for smoothening the scar tissue.
- Onion Extract. This has been one of the popular ingredients in scar removal creams. Onion extract was found to an effective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, which helps in regulating collagen formation.
- Vitamin E. Apart from being the skin vitamin, this ingredient is known to be an effective antioxidant, as it helps reduce the accumulation of free radicals in the skin. Vitamin E also helps in the production of collagen, which is a structural protein responsible for skin strength and elasticity.