What is a scar?
A scar develops after an injury that breaks the skin’s dermis layer. Although scarring is a normal part of the body’s healing process, some people are self-conscious about scars that are visible to others. Generally, the faster the injury heals and the less severe the wound is, the less collagen the body makes and the less visible the scar will be. There are different types of scars that form differently on various parts of the body.
What are the different types of scars?
There are 4 common types of scars. Keloid, Atrophic, Hypertrophic, and Contracture. Each has different and, in some cases, unique attributes.
- Keloid scars are characterized by a raised, thick, puffy appearance this is from overproduction of tissue. They are typically darker than the surrounding skin. Keloid scars can grow beyond the injured area.
- Atrophic scars appear depressed, serrated, or flat against the upper layer of the skin. Examples of atrophic scars include scars from acne and chicken pox. These scars often have darker skin pigmentation than the surrounding skin.
- Hypertrophic scars are characterized by excess tissue that forms over the skin as it heals. While these scars don’t grow outside the injured area, they too often have darker skin pigmentation than the surrounding skin.
- Contracture scars result from large areas of skin being lost or damaged, typically from burns. They are characterized by tight, shiny skin that can cause restricted movement.
There are many natural ingredients known to make scars less visible. Before trying any of the remedies below, thoroughly wash and dry the scar and the area around it. Also, only use these remedies on scars — not open wounds. Should any of these remedies cause any irritation, stop use immediately.
- Aloe Vera – known for its ability to regenerate tissue while fighting inflammation and moisturizing the skin.
- Vitamin E – one of the best-known natural remedies for scars. It's thought to increase the formulation of collagen, improving skin texture and strength.
- Centella Asiatica – a herb used in eastern medicine that has anti-inflammatory and healing properties, with clinical research supporting its use as a natural scar and stretch mark treatment.
- Calendula Extract – a traditional remedy for wounds and scars. In combination with other healing ingredients calendula can effectively treat and heal scar tissue.
- Pinebark Extract – its potent antioxidant effects, make it a great for scar healing.
- Honey – has antibacterial properties and a pH balance that is good for healing.
You can source these ingredients your self from leading natural health stores, as well many of these ingredients can be found in Zax’s Original Scar Fading Cream