We are afflicted with small cuts and burns, almost everyday. These routine wear and tear leave scars behind. We, however, can aid our body in healing scars by following certain steps and precautions.
Why & How we scar
Scars are body’s natural band-aid. In response to a tissue injury, a number of reactions begin in the body to heal the wound. Wound healing is a complex and dynamic process. It involves vasoconstriction and coagulation to prevent blood loss and fight infection. This is followed by a growth of blood vessels (angiogenesis). Ultimately, the collagen fills the defect that is left by an open wound. Culmination of these biological processes result in the replacement of normal skin structures with scar tissue.
Types of Scars
The scar or healing tissue is different from normal skin tissues. The appearence of a scar depends on a number of factors such as the shape and size of the wound, location of wound etc. There are three main types of scars:
Normal Scars are relatively flat, thin and small compared with Hypertrophic and Keloid scars. Hypertrophic and Keloid scars are raised and dark in colour, but Keloid scars expand beyond the actual wound. The occurrence of these scars is genetic and treatment requires consultation from a medical professional.
General methods of scar prevention
When massaged directly into the scar consistently, cocoa butter provides elasticity to the skin, which thereby, promotes healing. Though it is debatable, vitamin E present in cocoa butter is known for its healing effect.
Proper early scar treatment coupled with right diet can help in scar free healing.
Cuts and scraps
Scars usually fade over time, but seldom go away absolutely. To maximise the prevention of scarring, one should follow the above mentioned precautions and allow the wound to heal undisturbed.
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