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Can scars fade?

August 1, 2012 (Wed)  |  By Administrator  |  In Research
Scars are more likely a matter of self-confidence that may not only affect our appearance but also the quality of our life. Although the majority of scars is barely visible, for some, the scars can severely disfigure not only the body, but the mind, states Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal.
Luckily, recent studies have shown tremendous improvements in the management of scars and with the latest technologies and treatments the appearance of the skin can be dramatically improved and yes, scars can fade. If you want to know what scars are and how they form read the Scars section on our website.

Laser treatments for burn scars. Researched from the University of Cincinnati along with other scientists have conducted studies showing that the use of a pulsed-dye laser tool improves the appearance, texture and elasticity of burn scars. The study was published in the journal Dermatological Surgery and was signed by UC burn surgery researcher J. Kevin Bailey. He compared the effects of the pulsed-dye laser and compression therapy for scars against compression therapy alone for pediatric burn patients. The results were visible improvements in terms of reduced height of scars and redness. Experts say that this technique can be used not just for patients with severe burns, but can also be extended to minor regular skin burns or scars.

Treating scars with dermabrasion. Dermabrasion, also known as surgical skin planning, is a procedure that uses a brush wire brush or a diamond wheel to remove the surface of the skin. This procedure is used to treat damage in the upper layers of the skin such as acne scars or scars caused by surgery or trauma. Dermabrasion only treats surface scars if they are not too deep but not burn scars and it is recommended for fair skinned people, otherwise may cause discolorations on darker skin. Chemical peels can also be done to successfully treat surface acne scars.

Your daily skin routine. A complementary skin care routine is needed to enhance and maintain any other surgery or skin intervention directed towards the healing of scars. Over the counter skin care products may successfully treat acne marks or surface scars and they work similar to chemical peels because they have the same ingredients but in lower concentrations. The most effective in-home scar treatments involve formulations with alpha hydroxyl acids (link to the article: researches the benefits of AHA), glycolic or lactic acid are the most common and effective ones. Fruit enzymes like Bromelain (from pineapple) and Papain (from papaya) are also effective at removing dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
Cellnique proposes a solution to heal scars by offering skin care products formulated on the basis of recent studies. Our Scar Fading Kit might be just what you need.