How to Prevent Scarring - Weinstein Plastic Surgery Center

How to Prevent Scarring

Scarring can leave individuals feeling, well, scarred for the rest of their lives. If you get a burn or suffer from acne, it’s important to ensure that you minimize your chance of scarring right away. Read on to learn more about how you can prevent both burn and acne related scarring.

Burns
Whether you’re cooking a hot meal on the stove and your skin gets in contact with some heat, or you get burned by your air bag in a car accident, using these tips will help you to minimize the potential for scarring.

  • Ice
    If you have access to ice, ice the burn area right away. By taking the heat out of your skin, you can help to prevent scarring, swelling, and overall discomfort.
  • Vaseline
    Another great way to help ease the pain and reduce scarring possibilities with a burn is to add a layer of Vaseline or petroleum jelly directly to the skin. By keeping your skin hydrated, you can help to reduce the likelihood of scarring.

Acne Scarring
scarringAcne scarring can occur when patients pick at their acne or simply due to their skin type. In order to reduce the chance of scarring related to acne, try the following:

  • Don’t Pick Your Face
    If you’re like a lot of people, you’re a picker. Every time you notice a pimple on your skin you have to get rid of it immediately. However, picking at your face will only increase the likelihood of scarring and can actually spread the acne around your face. Instead, try simply adding some salicylic acid to the top of your pimple— this will help to dry out your blemish without you having to touch it.
  • Get on Acne Medication
    If you notice that your acne is getting worse and worse, it might be time to get on acne medication. By nipping the problem right away, you can help prevent any scarring down the road.

Understanding how to prevent scarring will help save you a lot of time and money further down the line. If you already have some scarring that you would like to get rid of, contact our office today!

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