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The Dreaded Scars

There is no one in this world who has not experienced the misfortune of having a wound or cut. We can say, that we all have had to deal with this at some point. But what happens after the wound occurs is the most alarming aspect.

Yes, the dreaded scars!

 A scar is basically a mark left on the skin and it is part of the last phase of the healing process after an injured tissue has healed. Scars can be light in color or darker depending on the person’s skin. They can appear due to reasons such as falls, surgeries, burns, accidents, acne, and many others.

Each scar in our bodies tells a story of what we have experienced.  For many people scars are meaningful and represent important experiences in their lives. For some people, scars stand for courage and strength after probably battling with some illness that required surgery. Now this mark on their skin reminds those people of how brave and strong they are.

After experiencing damage to the skin such as a scrape, cut or wound, the body responds by forming collagen, which is a natural protein in our bodies, to repair the damage to the skin tissue. As the skin is healing, a hard covering of dried secretions (scab) appears on the wound to protect it so that the healing process continues its course correctly. After some period of time, the scab will come off and new regenerated skin will appear. Most of the times a scar will also be present, but this depends greatly on each person’s skin type.

Scars can be present in everybody’s skin, but sometimes kids are more prone to getting them. Kids are always running around, playing, jumping, and having fun, so a scar wouldn’t be something uncommon for them. But there are ways to try to prevent scars in children Parents can opt for certain protection such as: eye coverings, helmets, and knee pads. These will definitely decrease the chances of getting injured and consequently a scar from appearing. If children still get hurt, even after wearing any of these items, then the best thing you can do is to take good care of the skin and follow all the right procedures to clean and treat the wound delicately and appropriately to avoid more noticeable scars.

It is strongly recommended to keep the wound covered to avoid possible infectious agents from getting into the wound. Do not remove the scab with your fingers, this will only result in complications to the wound since it can cause serious infections and damage the new regenerated skin and blood vessels beneath the scab.

Most scars tend to dissipate with time but as mentioned before, it all depends on your skin type. If it does not show any sign of fading then there are many methods available to help with noticeable scars for example:

  • Scar removal cream treatments
  • Surgery
  • Water-resistant make up

Remember that it is important to talk to a specialist before deciding on any of these options. Scars can be a nuisance but there is always a solution to make them less visible. If you do not feel comfortable or showing the scar causes you to feel bad, then seek medical help and ask what is better for your specific case. Doctors will be able to assist you and in the end, you will feel much better having a professional’s advice.

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