BEST SCAR REMOVAL CREAM
Before looking for best scar removal creams, know what skin actually have. And what it requires. Skin can have either marks or scars. Marks and scars are different.
SCARS ON SKIN
Scar means a depression in skin. It’s formed due to damage up to deeps layers of skin. Damage can be caused either by pimples, trauma, surgery etc. Skin heals by a scar formation. Which is visible as a depression and change in skin texture. Microscopically the damage destroyed the collagen and replaced it with the scar tissue. Collagen is the main building block of the skin.
MARKS ON SKIN
Marks means blackish or reddish discoloration of skin. Damage is limited to superficial layers of skin. It’s not deep.
Marks can be treated with creams. That’s because marks involve only superficial damage to skin. Creams can penetrate up to superficial layers of skin.
Creams can’t penetrate deep. Thus, no cream can treat scars. All claims of scar removal creams like Noscar cream or Mederma are false. Though there is one exception. Creams containing tazarotene can heal scars up to certain extent. That’s because they are very strong retinoids. Retinoids are known to stimulate skin to form new collagen. As skin forms new collagen, collagen fills the scars from beneath, decreasing their depth and visibility. Tazarotene has to be used only on dermatologist’s prescription.
Scars are formed due to breakage of building blocks of skin: collagen and elastin. They involve deep damage of skin. Thus, only lasers or micro needling can help. They can penetrate deep into skin giving strong enough stimulus to form new collagen.
As new collagen forms it slowly fills scars from beneath. With time, scars look less visible.
There is variety of laser treatments for scar:
Co2 fractional laser: It destroys the old scar telling skin to replace with new collagen. There is a post treatment healing time. That is minute crusts are formed the next day. Crusts fall off own its own in next 5 to 7 days time. Face doesn’t look presentable during this time.
Non ablative laser: Works on the same principal as Co2 ablative laser. Difference lies in the fact that it’s a less strong stimulus. Thus requires more number of sessions as compared to co2 fractional to get similar results. Advantage is that there is no or minimum post treatment healing time. Thus, person can return to work sooner.
Fractional Microneedling: This is the latest advancement in treatment of scars. Microneedles penetrate deep into skin and release radiofrequency energy. Depth of the needle can be controlled depending upon the depth of the scars. It may vary from 0.5 mm to 3.5 mm. There is no post treatment healing time. Except for redness for few hours. Thus, person can resume work faster.
Dermaroller: Also called poor man’s laser. It’s a small device with microneedles which when run in to and fro direction over scars help heal them. It’s a less strong stimulus compared to lasers.
Make sure to get these treatments done by a dermatologist. Saloon and spa are not recommended. To avoid side effects of laser it’s important to get it done by a expert who has the complete knowledge.
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