Scar Treatment

Best Scar treatment regimen for your face

Date Updated: 16.09.2021
5 min read

Your face is one of the most essential components of your body image. It is an important part of your personality, and the first thing people see when they meet you. Consequently, a face injury resulting in a scar may greatly influence your perception of yourself and negatively affect self-esteem.

The face is one of the most exposed parts of your body, so you may find it hard to protect it at all times after an injury, thereby increasing the risk of scar formation. Read on to discover how you can care for your facial skin to ultimately prevent and reduce the appearance of scars.

  • Facial scars are not generally different from other scars
  • They are more visible than other scars
  • Look after them as you would most scars

In this article, we’ll ask:

  • What makes your face special?
  • Are facial scars different from other scars?
  • How can you keep your face healthy?
  • What can you do to reduce the appearance of scars?

What makes your face special?

Your face is special because it communicates your emotions and other things you might be thinking of. In terms of skin features, your face is also different from the rest of your body. Your facial skin is one of the most, if not the most, exposed parts of your body.

Despite the fact it is exposed to harmful elements, such as sunlight, pollution and humidity, your facial skin is thinner and composed of smaller cells than the skin on the rest of your body [1]. In addition, it contains more oil glands and hair follicles than your average skin area [2,3].

For these reasons, you should always take care of your face and pay special attention to it – whether under normal circumstances or after an injury.

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Are facial scars different from other scars?

Simply put, no – facial scars are not generally different from other scars. Facial scars are like any other type of scar and occur in the exact same way as those on other parts of your body. There are three main types of scars: hypertrophic, keloid and atrophic.

The first two are created by excessive collagen production and are usually caused by surgery or burns. The latter type is the result of a lack of collagen production and is typical of acne scars (but not exclusive to them).

However, facial scars are different from other scars because they tend to be more visible. There are various reasons for this.

Firstly, your face is usually the last thing you cover and protect from the environment – making it more sensitive. Additionally, scar tissue, and more specifically keloid or hypertrophic tissue, lacks hair follicles[6], sometimes resulting in a very stark contrast compared to the hairier skin next to it.

If you have a darker or fairer skin tone, you are also more likely to develop noticeable scars, since they tend to get hypo- or hyper-pigmented[7].

Since they are hard to conceal, facial scars may become permanent reminders of past traumas or injuries, which could lead to damaging psychological effects[8]. It’s therefore important to take care of your skin and deal with any scars early.

How can you keep your face healthy?

The following tips can help to keep your facial skin healthy:

Healthy skin is one of the main ways to reduce the chances of post-injury/surgery scar formation. Once an injury has occurred, on your face or any other part of your body, act fast and care for the wound. Some face injuries may require you to wear a dressing. This might feel unpleasant or uncomfortable but will be effective in protecting the healing skin, therefore limiting scar formation.

What can you do to reduce the appearance of scars?

Keeping your skin well hydrated and protected after wound healing, with the right type and amount of skin protectant, can help reduce the appearance of scars. That’s because scars tend to develop when the skin is not hydrated enough. Choose protection which includes a moisturising agent – and apply it regularly once the wound has healed.

During application, don’t hesitate to thoroughly massage your scar, as this might help it fade. But don’t try it until two weeks after complete healing [9].

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Summary

Your face is fundamental to your appearance, so it’s perfectly understandable if you’re worried about scars. But keeping your skin healthy and hydrated can reduce the risks of scars forming in the first place. A range of skincare products are also available to soften the scar if an injury strikes. Always remember that hard work and persistence can go a long way in making facial blemishes less obvious.

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