Scars on the face and body can result from surgery or injury during the course of a lifetime. While some scars will fade over time, others, such as keloids and hypertrophic scars, often do not. All scars are a result of a complex and dynamic wound healing process that follows several distinct stages. However, the way they can be treated can be different depending on if the scar is on the face or the body. Regardless of where your scars form, they can all be treated using one key ingredient: silicone gel.
In this article, we will explore why treating scars on the face is different than treating scars on the body, and how you can go about purchasing silicone gel for scars.
Facial scars vs. body scars
Scars on the face differ from scars on the body primarily due to the fact they’re exposed. Scars on the body are covered for most of the day by the clothes that we wear. Clothes add some protection for wounds and scars from the Sun and outside elements. However, tight clothes, certain fabrics, and laundry scents that get trapped in shirts and pants can irritate wounds and scars, making wound healing more challenging and treatment an obstacle. A scar that forms on the foot, for instance, will be rubbed against and irritated by our socks and shoes. Body parts like knees, ankles, and elbows are constantly in motion throughout the day, which can complicate wound healing if sudden motions are made.
Facial scars present their own challenges, such as being exposed to environmental factors like UV rays from the sun and dry weather. Scars need an ideal balance, also known as homeostasis, of moisture and oxygen to heal properly. Facial scars that are exposed are at higher risk for losing moisture and drying out. This can lead to things like redness, itchiness, and feelings of pain at the scar site. Furthermore, direct sunlight can have a negative impact on wound healing and the way our scar looks. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin produces an excess of melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. When too much melanin is produced in specific area, skin darkening can occur. Scar tissue is prone to hyperpigmentation when exposed to direct sunlight. Therefore, it’s a good idea to use sunscreen and cover your scar whenever possible.
Silicone gel for scars
Medical grade silicone is the only clinically-proven topical solution for the treatment of scars resulting from surgery or injury. Silicone gel can come in various forms, including silicone gel sheeting and silicone scar sticks. Topical silicone works through two mechanisms of action: dermal hydration and collagen regulation. Silicone allows the scar site to retain moisture that would otherwise be lost through the damaged tissue. The added moisture at the scar bed signals fibroblasts in the skin to scale back collagen production. This has the effect of reducing scar discoloration and flattening raised scars.
Silicone sheeting is the ideal solution for scars on the body. This is because silicone sheeting won’t rub off onto clothing when worn. It also adds a layer of protection for your scar. Silicone scar sticks are the ideal option for the face or other exposed areas of skin because they are clear when applied to the skin. Silicone sticks contain SPF15 for added protection against UV rays.
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