The science is clear that we should be using sunscreen when we spend time outdoors in the Sun, but there is still some debate as to what kind of sunscreen is best. Some people think that because chemical sunscreen contains chemicals, that it must be harmful to the skin. This assumption is not correct, however, and there is no scientific evidence to show that chemical sunscreens are harmful to human health. Likewise, because mineral (physical) sunscreens seem more natural to consumers, the assumption is that they are safer but there is no evidence to back this claim.
We don’t normally associate the practice of physical therapy with managing one’s post-surgical scars, but there are a number of instances where therapy is beneficial. The stretches and exercises performed in therapy can help soften scar tissue that has become tight and burdensome over time. Some scars can impinge on one’s range of motion in certain areas, such as near the knees or elbows, so some moderate exercise can help restore mobility. Physical therapy can help realign the collagen fibers that have haphazardly structured themselves after the initial wound, which may help restore strength to the scar tissue. In addition to physical therapy, medical silicone gel can be used to reduce the size and appearance of your scars.