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How To Reduce The Visibility of Scars

According to some estimates, over 100 million people develop new scars each year. Some of which are minor and hidden to the naked eye, while others can have a life-changing impact on the individual. Scars are typically considered a cosmetic problem with no concern for immediate medical attention, but they can lower one's quality of life. People suffering from highly-visible scars on the face or neck are oftentimes insecure about their looks, and that's something no one should be forced to live with.

Before you can work to treat and reduce the appearance of scars, you must first understand what they are exactly. Going back to high school biology, the skin is the single largest organ on the human body, comprising nearly 15% of its total weight. There are three layers to the skin the epidermis (outer), dermis (middle) and subcutaneous (inner). Scarring occurs when the body heals a wound on the skin. For instance, someone may develop a scar as the result of a deep cut or laceration. The human body's natural reaction is to fill the cut with new cells, and this oftentimes leaves a scar behind.

It's important to note that there are many different types of scars. Cuts and damage to the epidermis of the skin usually heal without leaving behind a scar. Deeper cuts, however, may damage the area of the area where blood vessels are stored; therefore, creating large pockets that must be filled quickly by the human body to prevent further damage.

Whether you have a minor or severe scar, you'll probably want to take the necessary action to reduce its appearance. Thankfully, there are several different natural ingredients and products that are proven to help treat scars. Gel from the aloe vera plant is one such ingredient that's helpful for treating both minor and major scars. It increases oxygen to the blood while moisturizing the skin. Another ingredient that's useful for treating scars is Avocado oil, which contains a wide variety of vitamins including D, A and E. These vitamins are powerful antioxidants that prevent the cell-damaging cycles of free radicals.

Hypertrophic scars are the most common type of scar. They usually develop with raised, reddish skin that's itchy and sometimes even painful. Depending on the severity of the hypertrophic scar, it may take well over a year before it completely heals. You can help speed up the process, though, by using a high-quality scar cream directly on the area. Look for a cream containing all-natural ingredients such as aloe vera, avocado oil and emu oil. These three ingredients are extremely effective at treating and reducing the appearance of hypertrophic scars.

When you are applying a scar cream, be sure to rub it completely into your skin. The more friction you apply, the more cream is going to absorb into the skin. Keep applying the cream each day and you'll likely see an improvement in your scars within just a couple weeks time. The human body is quite resilient, but it oftentimes needs a helping hand with all-natural ingredients and skincare products.