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Our skin is an organ which envelopes and protects our body. Any wounds, injuries and burns can cause scars to shape on the skin as it is the exterior of our bodies. Even a small gash or cut can make a difference to our skin as humans, experiencing lesions directly or indirectly is definite.

Once a scar is formed, it is natural that one tries to cover the blemish especially those that are very obvious and visible. If the scar is small and located in a closed area, clothes are the best way to hide them. Scars and marks cannot completely diminish although the size and appearance can be reduced.

The formation of scar is an instinctive way of healing when one is injured. There are several aspects that shape the scars' traits and some of them are the depth, size, cut and position of the scars. How your skin responds to the injuries are taken into account as well such as your gender, age and ethnicity.

There are a variety of scars that are common among humans and one of them is the keloid scars (a.k.a. keloids). These scars are from insistent healing process and are extended further than the injury. Surgeries, injections that contain steroids or cryotherapy are possible methods to treat these scars. Some avoid this type of scar formation by applying pressure treatment of silicone gel pads to assist the wound.

Keloid Scars
Keloid Scar

Contracture scars happen when one's skin is burned and the constricting of the skin can weaken one's movements. In addition, this scar can penetrate into harming nerves and muscles of the body. Hypertrophic scars on the other hand are akin to keloid scars. They are prominent and reddish but are only within the injury spots. Steroid injections can be jabbed to lessen the swelling and soreness.

Acne scars, one of the most common scars are formed when one experiences severe acne. Acne scars have different appearances such as gaunt-shaped, wave-formed, deep pits or just a scar as itself. There are probable treatments that can suit the different types of acne scars.

Acne Scars
Facial Acne Scars

Scar treatments are available now such as application creams, ointments, gels which may be prescribed or obtained over-the-counter. These products can treat scars caused from wounds, incisions and injuries. Scarring produced from cosmetic and plastic surgery will have prescriptions from their surgeons and usually these are effective. But sometimes, these creams can cause itching as they are very sensitive to the skin. Similarly, dermatologist will recommend products for severe acne scarring. Most likely, pressure treatments and silicone gel sheets are used to prevent and treat scars.

Another method to treat scars would be surgery and there are several types of surgeries such as dermabrasion, skin grafts, excision and laser surgery. One such well-known surgery is the skin graft whereby skin from other parts of the body is replaced onto the burnt and scarred area. Do bear in mind however scarring from plastic and cosmetic surgeries will fade in time and become less noticeable.

For more prominent and protruding scars, steroid injections are used as the sole treatment or in combination with other methods. Collagen injections can be helpful for deep pits scarring but there do not provide long-lasting results.

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See also: Acne (Pimples)

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