Our skin is programmed to heal itself quickly in order to stop loss of blood and infection. When you get a cut or other injury, the body produces a substance made with collagen to protect the area of injury and seal any openings. In ideal skin healing, the damaged area is slowly mended and the remaining collagen fibers are removed or blended into nearby skin.
Scars are always needed to reconnect skin that has been damaged and, therefore, any dermal injury will result in some scarring. Initially, after the wound has healed, the scars may be dark, red or pink but will become softer and flatter naturally over time, resulting in an even, pale scar.
Scar healing is a lengthy process and can even take up to ten years. In children, with faster skin turnover rates, scars heal faster and to a greater extent. Moving into adulthood, this rate slows and scars remain visible for longer.
Keloids are a type of scar that is dense and puckered; it is often itchy and grows beyond the original area of injury, without regressing. They appear when the body keeps producing tough, fibrous collagen after a wound has healed.
Keloids can form from all types of injuries, ranging from simple scratches to insect bites to medical procedures. Keloid scars can appear on any part of the body but most commonly occur over the breastbone, on earlobes and on shoulders.
Hypertrophic scars, on the other hand, are limited to the original area of injury and will typically fade and flatten as time wears on. Both hypertrophic and keloid scars are raised scars, secreting more collagen than other scars, however, in hypertrophic scars you will see a lessening of collagen output after approximately six months.
Atrophic, or depressed, scars are characterized by decreased elasticity due to the loss of proper skin matrix. A type of atrophic scar, striae distensae (stretch marks), falls in this category because the body cannot produce enough skin in time to accommodate the rapid stretching of skin.
Healing Scars Faster
The general idea of one method to accelerate the body’s repair process and heal hypertrophic scars is to re-damage the area in a controlled manner (with needles, lasers, acid, etc.) to stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin.
The other scar treatment general idea is to use enzymes and fibroblast activators to strengthen the body’s natural processes, healing scar tissue and reaching better results. Fibroblasts are basal membrane cells that are the precursors to the other proteins and skin elements that give it moisture, strength and elasticity. These enzymes and activators are typically found in healing scar creams.
A Natural Serum to Heal Scars Quickly
Before trying an expensive scar revision method, see what a biological treatment made from serum of the garden snail can do; this serum resembles our own skin makeup as well as promotes skin rejuvenation. It manages the production of good fibroblasts and controls collagen secretion. By managing a balanced output of fibroblasts and collagen, you can keep keloid and hypertrophic scars at bay.
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