Scars are the result of a complex and dynamic wound healing process that follows four distinct stages: hemostasis, inflammatory, proliferative, and maturation. In most cases, if a wound has to go through each of these stages, it will eventually form into a scar. Major wounds from an injury or surgery will always become scars. However, there are some cases in which a wound will not become a scar, and we will explore these in this article. If you are certain that you will have scar tissue in the near future, it’s good to know that there are safe and effective scar treatment options available to you.
Over the past few years, the skincare and cosmetics industry has grown tremendously, targeting the needs of a diverse population with new concerns. These concerns often range in severity, from moderate to severe. The more severe problems should be examined by a dermatologist, but some over the counter remedies may be available to allay certain symptoms. Furthermore, much of what the consumer skincare market offers to the public are solutions for purely cosmetic issues, not ones that require urgent care and prescription medication. However, depending on what your specific concerns and needs are, you may be surprised what remedies are available to consumers.
Everybody’s wounds heal differently depending on a variety of factors. Likewise, your own wounds might heal differently at different stages of your life. It is well known that the wound healing process becomes less effective as you get older. Certain lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise can have a dramatic impact on the way your wounds heal. External factors such as sun exposure as well as harmful environmental pathogens can also impede the wound healing process. Most of us want our wounds to heal quickly and seamlessly. For this reason, it is good to understand what might be hindering your wounds to heal and what you can do to speed up the process.
Skin cancer is the most ubiquitous form of human cancer that affects more than one million Americans every year. About one in five Americans are likely to develop skin cancer at some point during their lives. It is important to get routine checkups by your dermatologist because people that have had skin cancer once are more likely to develop it again. Luckily, most skin cancers are easy to identify and treat when they are caught early. However, the longer you wait, the more dangerous the cancer becomes. There are three main categories of skin cancers that you should know about: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Most people have heard of ingrown hairs but not too many actually know what they are and how they can affect your skin. Ingrown hairs are a common phenomenon that occurs when a hair burrows into the skin rather than growing outside of it. Sometimes, this will happen after hair has been removed from shaving, tweezing, or other hair removal procedures. You can identify an ingrown hair by its appearance and symptoms. They will look like small, solid bumps or small puss-filled blisters. Anyone can be affected by ingrown hairs but they most commonly develop in people with thick, curly hair. Most cases of ingrown hairs are mild but occasionally can lead to scarring if they are not cared for properly.
Summer is coming to an end and that means many people are soaking up their last rays of sunshine and squeezing in a last-minute tan. Others look for ways to stay tan all year long by using a tanning bed or having a spray-on tan. Getting the right amount of Sun is important, and there are numerous health benefits. And if you are someone with scars from surgery or injury, you may be wondering if tanning is an effective way of reducing the appearance of your scars. After all, a tan will help blend in the uneven pigmentation caused by scarring, right? Not quite.
There’s a lot of information on the internet that seems to indicate massaging your wound or scar may aid in skin repair and recovery. Massaging certainly has some benefits, as it is known to reduce swelling and pain in affected areas, but many have exaggerated its effects on other aspects of recovery. It’s important to take a look at what exactly messaging does for the body to gain a better understanding for its clinical significance in skin health. It may be the case that massaging your scar, in combination with clinically-proven scar management products, can significantly reduce the appearance of your scar over time.
One of the greatest challenges to burn management is how to treat burn patients without causing them more pain. Depending on the degree of the burn, severe pain is often associated with the onset of chemical, fire, or frost trauma. Patients with severe burns are often physically debilitated and require immediate medical attention by a physician. Patient care and medical technology are always progressing and burn treatment is no exception. If you or someone you know has endured severe burn trauma, it’s good to know what options for burn management may be presented to you in the hospital.
Making mistakes is part of growing up as a young adult. For some people, getting a tattoo is the mistake that lives with them every day. Luckily, with modern advances in technology, there are various ways to partially and fully remove unwanted ink. Depending on the technology used and the expertise of the tattoo remover, most people come out of tattoo removal procedures satisfied. But that isn’t to say tattoo removal is without its possible side effects. Some people may experience scarring, changes in skin texture, and burns after getting their tattoos removed. While these effects vary case by case, people with sensitive skin who are predisposed to excessive scarring may want to take precautions.
The market for hydration and moisturizing products within the skin care and cosmetics industries is vast. There’s good reason for this, but it’s also important to be cautious because not all products are created equal. Some items being sold today can actually induce dry, flaky skin—the exact opposite of what its advertisers claim. Other products leave the skin feeling oily, which can clog pores and cause breakouts. Because everyone has a different skin type, it’s often a difficult task to find the perfect hydration serum or cream. But by doing your research and seeking advice from a dermatologist or other medical professional, narrowing your options can become easier.