Scars come in all different shapes, sizes, and complexions. And the way they form largely depends on the individual and his or her skin type. Because different people have different skin types, the way scars form as part of the wound healing process can vary. Scars form in response to wounds attained from cuts, burns, piercings, tattoos, acne and surgical procedures. It’s difficult to predict what a person’s scar will look like even if we know the kind of wound she sustained. Two classifications of scars—keloid and hypertrophic—are common forms of scarring that can be unsightly, itchy, and even painful.
Continue reading to learn all about these two scar types and what you can do to prevent them or reduce their appearance.
Apart from being cosmetically unappealing, keloid scars can be burdensome in other aspects of life. Because scar tissue contains no hair follicles or sweat glands, keloid scars can become itchy and painful. If a keloid is large enough, simple, everyday movements and daily tasks can be uncomfortable. Contact your dermatologist immediately if these symptoms worsen.
It’s likely genetics play a role in hypertrophic and keloid scar formation, so there isn’t much an individual can do to prevent them on her own. Luckily, with the help of modern technology and creative ingenuity, an effective topical solution for scar management is widely available and easily attainable.
Silicone gel sheeting for scar management
Biodermis is responsible for popularizing silicone gel technology nearly 30 years ago by providing quality products and excellent service to dermatologists and plastic surgeons around the world. Epi-Derm Silicone Gel Sheets engineered by Biodermis come in many shapes, colors, and sizes, making them the perfect solution for both large and small scars. Pro-Sil Silicone Scar Sticks patented by Biodermis are the perfect solution for acne and facial scars and come in an easy-to-use glide on applicator.