It is nearly impossible to get through life without damaging your skin along the way. While some skin injuries may leave minor scars and marks that don’t bother you, in other instances, you might want to improve their appearance. Keep reading if you want to learn more about removing, caring and treating old scars.
- Old scars can be cared for with positive results
- There is a range of scar care products available
- It may take weeks before you start to see results
In this article:
- What causes a scar?
- What are the different types of scars and how do you prevent them?
- What if I have older scars?
- Things to remember
What causes a scar?
When your skin is injured, whether it is the result of a cut, surgery, burn or acne, a scar is often formed as a natural consequence of the skin healing process. Scar tissue forms due to excessive collagen production at the site of injury.
There are a number of different types of scars that occur for different reasons. Factors influencing the type of scars that develop, include family history, skin type and genetics .
- Hypertrophic and keloid scars are a common result of cuts or incisions to the skin through surgery 
- Atrophic and contracture scars are usually the result of acne and burns respectively [2,3,4].
The best remedy for scars is prevention – in that respect, taking good care of your injured skin is the best way to prevent scars from becoming too visible. A fine scar resulting from a well-healed wound is likely to improve in appearance by itself whereas a wide scar resulting from a wound that has not healed properly will take more time to heal and fade.
Important to the wound healing process, is keeping your wound clean, moist and protected from the sun. Doing this will minimise scar formation. It’s also a good idea to maintain a well-balanced diet and to avoid smoking.