Acne is one of the most common and well-known skin problems that affects nearly 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30. It is estimated that one out of five people will develop some acne scarring as a result. Preventing or treating acne scars requires a combination of medication, cosmetic procedures and self-care, although not everyone will require all three. There is a lot of factual information surrounding acne and acne scarring; some of it is common knowledge and some not so much. In this article, we are going to explore some of these facts and discuss ways to prevent or treat acne scarring.
Scars are the result of a complex and dynamic wound healing process that occurs after the skin is damaged due to surgery or injury. While some scars fade over time, there are a number of factors that can lead to abnormal scar types, classified as keloids or hypertrophic scars. These scars are characterized by their raised and discolored appearance. These scars can be itchy, painful, and burdensome to the patient. For these reasons, patients seek out the best scar treatment option that is safe and effective for all ages and skin types. Continue reading to learn what you can do to help flatten and fade your old and new post-operative scars.
Scar treatment is a major part of post-operative care that has gained much attention from surgeons and patients around the world. There are a number of ways that surgical or injury scars can be treated, so it’s helpful to know what options are available to you. The three primary ways scars can be treated today include laser treatment, steroid injections, and silicone gel sheeting. While each method can be effective, there are a number of things to know before making a choice. In this article, we will weigh the pros and cons of the available scar treatment options so you can make an educated decision about which is right for you.
It should come as no surprise that there are certain products that do not belong on the skin due to their harmful effects. But this doesn’t stop people from using such products. The internet is a big source of misinformation about skincare, and ingredients people have used for a long time are still being used for many skin related concerns. An easy way to know if a product is beneficial for the skin is to find out if there is any scientific evidence to support its use. If there is none, then it’s probably best to use only clinically-proven ingredients. In this article, we will explore the top items that should never be used on the skin.
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.
In recent years, new and improved methods have been developed to treat acne scars and reduce common signs of aging. In this article, we will look at how radiofrequency (RF) is used in conjunction with micro-plasma and microneedling-based treatments and why these are effective options for reducing acne scarring. Alternatively, medical silicone, which has been around for a long time, can also be used to effectively treat certain scar types.
With all the misinformation online and in the media, it’s easy to be misled by what is fact and what is fiction in the skin care world. Some of us may have been taught early on by our parents or peers common misconceptions about proper wound and skin care. Some common beliefs, such as certain foods causing acne or using vitamin E to help your scars fade don’t have any evidence to support them. When it comes to your skin, you want only clinically-proven ways of keeping it looking young and healthy.
People of any age can scar as a result of wound healing, but not everyone’s scar looks the same throughout the course of their lifetime. While scarring always follows the same wound healing process, age can play a vital role in the formation of abnormal or aggressive scar types. It is commonly thought that as we age, our skin becomes weaker and more prone to injury and scarring. While this is one part of the story, it doesn’t reveal the full picture. It may surprise you that children and adolescents are at higher risk for severe scarring, but probably not for the reasons you think.
It’s a fact of biology that our skin deteriorates as we get older, paving the way for an entire market dedicated to finding the fountain of youth. Today, it’s not hard to find aisles full of products claiming to reverse or slow down aging, as well as aesthetic procedures aimed at making our skin look vibrant and healthy. While it’s not possible to look young forever, there are measured steps we can take to prolong the common signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Some of these steps involve having a skin care routine, watching what we consume, and being aware of environmental factors that contribute to wear and tear.