At one point or another, everyone is going to experience some type of injury or accident that could result in a scar. And while some of these scars are inevitable and will always be there, like if you get in a bad car accident or have some type of surgery, there are things you can try to help reduce the chance of developing a scar.
So if you’re concerned with a scrape, cut, gash, incision, or other marking on your skin that you don’t want to be there or be as visible as it currently is, here are three tricks for preventing that wound from becoming a big scar.
Know How To Care For New Wounds
The best way to keep a wound from becoming a big scar is to take proper care of the wound while it’s still fresh.
To help you with this, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you do your best to keep the wound as clean as possible. This could involve frequently washing out the wound and making sure no debris enters that area. Once the area is cleaned, you’ll want to keep it moist by applying petroleum jelly or another type of ointment. These ointments will help reduce the chance of a scab developing, which can often lead to bigger scarring. With the wound clean and moist, you should then keep a clean dressing on it until it’s healed.
If the wound you’re caring for was from a surgery or other medical procedure, make sure you also follow any instructions that were given to you by your doctor.
Always Use Sunscreen
As your wound is healing but is no longer as sensitive as it once was, there are still things you can do to keep the appearance of the scar as minimal possible.
According to Taryn Brooke, a contributor to CheatSheet.com, one of the things you should always do while your scar is healing and afterward is to always apply sunscreen. With sun exposure, the sensitive skin surrounding your wound can become much more sensitive, which means it can absorb more of the sun and cause it to become discolored compared to the rest of your skin. If this happens, the scar will become much more obvious, which is what you’re trying to avoid.
If you have older scars that you’d like to try to reduce the appearance of, Jennifer Whitlock, a contributor to Very Well Health, recommends that you try massage.
Massaging the skin and tissues around your scar can cause any bumps on the scar to even out once the healing process is complete. So if you’re still uncomfortable with your scar, get some lotion and rub down that area to try to even things out.
If you have a wound that you’re worried will leave you with a big scar, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how you can keep this from happening.