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Scar Care

- Scars are a type of skin blemish that sometimes arises when an area of skin is injured. While they may be common, many people feel self-conscious about their scars and look for ways to improve their appearance. One way to reduce the risk of scarring is to care properly for skin injuries, but even if you have a pre-existing scar, you may be able to improve its appearance with appropriate treatment products. At drugstore.com, we offer a number of products to help you minimize scars.
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Why Do Scars Form?



Scarring is usually the result of damage to the deeper layers of the skin and is the skin's attempt to repair itself.

What Do Scars Look Like?



No two scars are exactly alike. Some are raised above the skin while others are flat and differ in color from the surrounding skin.

Can You Prevent Scar Tissue?



Scars aren't always preventable, but caring for damaged skin properly may reduce scar formation and help your skin heal properly. Scar care products work best when treatment is started right after the wound has healed. However, many people do see improvements on older scars with regular use of scar care products.

How Do Silicone Scar Pads Work?



Silicone sheets are designed to reduce scar formation and flatten elevated scars, thereby improving their texture and softening their appearance. Hospitals and health care professionals often use and recommend silicone sheets for scars after surgery or from injuries like burns. Silicone scar sheets are easy to apply at home and stick securely after they're placed. Silicone is also available in gel form that forms a flexible, protective layer when you apply it to a scar.

Botanical Scar Solutions



Also popular are scar treatment products made with botanical extracts, including onion extract. These products help improve the texture of scars by supporting skin repair and regeneration. Many contain added ingredients that help calm and soothe sensitive skin, and some contain moisturizers to help keep the area soft and hydrated.

General Care for Scars and Scar Prevention



If you have a skin injury, care for it properly to reduce the risk of infection and scarring. An infected wound may scar more easily. Doctors recommend keeping the scar clean and moist. Be sure to use scar products only after your wounds have closed and only as directed. If you have any questions about how to care for a skin wound, talk to your doctor. Don't forget that scar care products often take time to work, so be patient and don't expect immediate results.

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