Skin grows over a wound to form a scar. You can also get scars from surgery or infections such as chickenpox or acne. Skin that is scarred typically has a greater thickness. Scars also create skin that is pinker, redder and shinier, and has more wrinkles. As time goes by, the scar becomes smoother and softer. Although scars are permanent, they can fade over up to two years. It is unlikely they will fade any more after this time. Normal fine-line scars can cause hyperpigmentation, or too much color.
Some scars caused by skin conditions, such as acne and chickenpox, can have a sunken or pitted appearance. A minor wound like a cut will usually heal leaving a raised line, which will gradually fade and flatten over time.
Pitted scars, which create skin that is atrophied or wasted down, can also develop as a result of an injury that causes a loss of underlying fat. Scar contractures are often caused by burns. They happen when the skin shrinks down, which leads to tightness and a restriction in movement.
There are a variety of treatment options for scarring. Over-the-counter creams have become popular in the last several years. These usually need to be applied in the first six months after scars occur. Your dermatologist can prescribe bleaching cream, which in the same case needs to be applied within the first six months.
Vitamin E and Aloe Vera supplements can help with scarring by adding extra hydration; both are also natural salves to be applied topically. Your local dermatologist is a great resource for helping with acne scarring or other scarring that can be from burns or injury. You do not have to live with the embarrassing effects of scarring.
Contact the skin experts in Atlanta at Medical Dermatology Specialists today to schedule your consultation appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jamie Weisman, Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.
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