Can Scars Get Worse?

 

Ok, so you have a scar. You’ve had it for some time now. But can it actually get worse if you leave it alone?

In the initial stages of a wound, there are various phases that affect how the wound will heal:



--What type of wound is it? Is it a clean cut (like a surgical incision) or is the skin around the wound jagged or ripped?
--How well was the wound care? Was it immediate? Was it infected?
--Are you a smoker? Research shows that smokers’ the healing process is slower for a smoker vs. non-smoker.
--Was the wound exposed to sun?


    There’s also other factors…

    Personal – Younger skin tends to be more resilient than older skin. Simply put, younger skin has more elasticity and heals quicker. In addition, darker skin tends to show scars more than lighter skin and develop hyperpigmented scars (look darker than they are) or keloid scars. If you happen to have health issues such as diabetes or lupus, on wound healing isn’t as optimal, and therefore scars may take longer to heal or be more prominent. Finally, smoking. If you are a smoker you are getting decreased oxygen flow. That means, your body (and scar) gets less circulation and nutrients, hence healing will be less efficient.

    Environmental – If you have a new scar, try to avoid the sun. Putting at least 30 SPF on your scar will help protect the scar, the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation.

    Allergies – Some folks put Vitamin E topically on scars. Sure, Vitamin E offers benefits to scar and skin. However, if you’ve never used Vitamin E, there may be a possibility you’re allegoric to it. If you use it and notice inflammation or itching, that will affect the healing and look of the scar the Vitamin E was applied to.

    Location – The location of your scar plays a role in healing as well. If your scar is on a joint, let’s say your elbow or knee, the skin on that area is always being moved and stretched. This causes the scar to get wider over time and more visible.

    So now you know that various factors can affect the outcome of your scar. But with that knowledge comes the power to get the best outcome as possible. The location of your scar may not be in your control, but how you protect and care for your scar is.

    It is possible for your scar to look better over time.

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