Minimizing Facial Scars
I am sharing this to show you that your skin CAN HEAL, whether you are dealing with acne scars, scars from a car accident, or falling into the edge of a brick fireplace at 2am (ME).
The key to properly fighting facial scars boils down to two things: letting the scars heal properly and then doing the correct treatments to minimize the appearance of them.
After you get a scar on your face, regardless of what it is from, the absolute BEST thing you can do, is not pick it! REPEAT: Do not pick the scab! If you do, then you risk having "pitted" or deep scars. Also, you want to ensure that the wound/scab is properly hydrated. Allowing the injured skin to dry out increases your risk for deeper scarring, so the best thing you can do is use an emollient (thick) moisturizer to keep the area nourished.
I recommend organic shea butter, which is unique in the fact that it contains extremely high levels of essential fatty acids, which promotes healing. Shea butter is also naturally high in vitamin E, which helps skin heal, too. I applied shea butter to my injured skin morning and night, and once my face stopped hurting, I would massage the shea butter into my scars. Massaging scars is great for boosting blood circulation to the area, which helps promote healing.
On top of using shea butter, once the wound(s) heal, wear FACIAL SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY! And ALWAYS wear a hat when going outside, to protect those new scars. Without wearing sunscreen or covering your face, you risk hyperpigmentation, and redness.
With scars on the face, especially deep ones like mine, it is suggested to wait 6 months until you begin to treat them. Once your scars have been healed for 6 months, I suggest going to a skin center, such as a plastic surgery center, where you can get a skin consultation. This is exactly what I did.
When it comes to treatments for scarring, there are a few routes you can go: dermabrasion, peels, and laser resurfacing. I went with the big guns (laser) because my scars were very deep and I wanted to see a lot of change, and fast. I ended up getting a Fraxel treatment done twice on my scars, which made a huge difference, especially with texture and appearance. Fraxel laser uses energy to create columns of thermal destruction on the skin, which then stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin.
Since getting laser on my scars, I have also done peels, dermabrasion (like Hydrafacials and microdermabrasion), and microneedling. Personally, I find that the best results come from lasers and microneedling (and in really serious situations, plastic surgery).
Improving scars takes patience and persistence, but have faith that your skin CAN and WILL improve!