CARING FOR SCARS
Managing the appearance of scars.
Scars are a part of life and cannot be avoided completely. However, there are many
things that can be done to reduce their appearance. Both preventative measures and
post scar care are important in managing the appearance of scars.
- Know your skin. Talk to a healthcare professional about any skin conditions or acne that could damage the skin. Understand how to care for these skin conditions to best prevent and minimise scars.
- Understand how the skin repairs itself so you will know when your skin is most at risk for scarring or re-injury.
- Do not squeeze pimples as this can cause scarring.
- Learn about your risk for getting different types of scars. Some types of scars are hereditary.
- Follow any healthcare professional advice on caring for your skin, for example cleansing daily to minimise acne breakouts.
Post scar care
- Follow any healthcare professional advice on caring for wounds.
- Do not pick scabs or squeeze pimples as this can worsen scars.
- Protect your scar from the sun by using sunscreen and covering up your scar. Sun exposure can discolour and thicken scars making it more difficult to reduce its appearance.
- Start using Hiruscar as soon as the wound is closed. The earlier you start using Hiruscar the better the result.
- Be consistent with the use of Hiruscar as it can take up to 8 weeks to see an improvement in new scars and up to 6 months to see an improvement in old scars.
- Massage the scar well as this action assists with your body’s natural healing process.