Scars are not the ideal mark of beauty and/or style for most – if not all- people. Although not usually a health concern, they can make you uncomfortable when they occur on your face and seem to be getting all the attention. Luckily, there are numerous ways you can use to remove them from your face. This article will highlight some of them.
How to Remove Scars From Face – How to Remove Face Scars
Scars on the face are usually not a health concern, but if they interfere with the way you perceive yourself or seem to have a knack for getting all the undue attention as to make you feel inclined to keep off the public attention, then you may want to learn how to remove scars from face.
There are numerous ways to remove face scars and their choice depends on various factors including age and type of the scar.
Topical creams and lotions: This is the option that immediately comes to my mind every time someone asks how to remove scars from the face. We have talked more about scar creams in another section of this article.
Corticosteroid injections: This option is typically used to get rid of keloid and hypertrophic scars and as the name suggest, it involves injecting small doses of steroids into the scar to reduce inflammation and soften the appearance of the scar. The number of injections required depends on the type of scar.
At first, 3 injections are usually given at 4 to 6 weeks intervals to see how the body reacts to the treatment and if it the scar gets better with this preliminary treatment, the treatment is continued, often for several months.
Corticosteroid injections don’t get rid of scars per se but tones them down to make them less noticeable.
Silicone gels or sheets: It seems you cannot wrap up a talk on how to remove scars from face without saying something about silicone gels or sheets. These are usually applied on healing skin to speed up the healing process and reduce keloid and hypertrophic scars. They can be bought in most local drugstores (or pharmacies).
Experts suggest using 12 hours every day over a period of not less than 3 months for maximum effectiveness.
Surgery: if you are wondering how to remove face scars and a surgeon’s knife is hardly a concern compared to that scar on your face, then surgery is one of the options you may consider. Surgery is normally used to reduce the size and change the position of a scar, or to loosen a tight scar that is so close to a joint as to restrict movement.
It is however important to note that getting a surgery performed on a scar will result in a new scars that may take as long as 2 years to improve. As a matter of fact, this new scar may be worse off than the previous one if surgery is used to treat a hypertrophic scar.
Surgery should also not be used alone in treatment of keloid scars since they often recur in larger sizes. To counteract this problem, surgery is usually combined with corticosteroid injections. X-ray therapy and a round of oral antibiotics may also be thrown into the mix.
Pressure dressings: Prominent burn scars are often treated using pressure dressings. These are usually made from elastic materials and are placed over the scar throughout the day for a period of 6 months to 1 year.
Normally requiring specialist supervision, pressure dressings can also be combined with silicone gel sheeting.
Cosmetic camouflage: Camouflage make-up can also be used to hide rather than to remove facial scars. These are usually sold over-the-counter in drugstores and some water-proof varieties can cover your scars for as long as 2 to 3 days.
Color testing is however needed to determine the suitable color for your skin and may take more than one hour.
More ways to remove scars from face are:
- Laser treatment: Using laser light to reduce the appearance of scars.
- Dermal fillers: Used to raise pitted scars e.g. those resulting from acne. Gives temporary results
- Skin needling: A device with hundreds of small needles is rolled on the scar.
- Dermabrasion: a kind of surgery where the top surface of the skin is removed
- Laser resurfacing: Similar to dermabrasion but uses laser light
- Radiotherapy: Low doses of radiotherapy can also be administered to curb the re-reappearance of keloid and hypertrophic scars. This option is however used in severe cases only due to the long-term side-effects often associated with radiotherapy.
There you go; that is how to remove scars from face. It is however important to note that no single option is guaranteed to work for everyone, every time and results vary from one person to the other. You will have to pay close attention to determine if the treatment chosen is giving you substantial results.
Laser Face Scar Removal
Lasers hold a special place in as far as face scar removal is concerned. This treatment option involves using lasers to shrink blood vessels or to vaporize scars. According to Bruce Katz, MD, an associate clinical professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, laser treatment can help to get rid of new as well as old scars.
Laser treatment is however not usually the most pocket-friendly option as several sessions costing between $300 and $600 each are usually required.
How to Get Rid of Face Scars – Natural Remedies that can help
So the thought of syringes and knives scares the hell out of you and surgery is the last thing that you would wish for? Well, you are not alone; surgery makes most people (including me) woozy.
If you are wondering how to get rid of face scars naturally, here are a few options that you may want to try:
Tea tree oil: tea tree oil is the first line of action for anyone wanting to learn how to get rid of face scars naturally. You can apply tea tree oil itself or use one of the many gels out there that contain tea tree oil as one of the ingredients. The only downside to tea tree oil is that it causes allergic reactions in some individuals.
Vinegar: If there is a home remedies superstar, then it has got to be vinegar which makes it to the list of home remedies for a myriad of problems ranging from itchy scalp to foot odor. If you didn’t know, vinegar can as well help to get rid of that unsightly and annoying scar that makes you feel uncomfortable every time it attracts the attention of your neighbors and colleagues.
Vinegar works by exfoliating the skin and promoting the replacement of old skin cells with new cells. This hastens the scar healing process.
Lemon juice: According to the Mayo Clinic, lemon and lime juice have positive benefits to scars caused by acne.
How to Get Rid of Face scars – To Use or not to use vitamin E?
The antioxidant properties of vitamin E make it a common ingredient in skin moisturizers. Whitney Bowe, MD, Medical Director for cosmetic and laser services at Advanced Dermatology, NY however holds a different opinion on the purported benefits of vitamin E in scar healing which has seen it featuring more and more in scar healing creams and lotions.
Dr. Bowe thinks that vitamin E doesn’t have much benefit to scar healing. As a matter of fact, it causes skin irritation allergic reactions in some patients.
There you have it; the ball is now in your court. Now that you know how to get rid of face scars naturally at home, go ahead and try one or more of the methods listed. If these natural methods don’t seem to have any effects on your scars, consider seeking alternative treatments such as creams, silicone sheeting and surgery among others discussed in this article.
You should also never ignore scars that suddenly get red or itchy as this might be a sign of infection.
Face Scar Removal Cream
Any talk about getting rid of face scars is hardly complete without mentioning something about scar removal creams. The common question however is “what is the best face scar removal cream out of the many options currently being offered in the market?”
Revitol Scar Cream is seemingly the most popular face scar removal cream if customer reviews and ratings are anything to go by. It is also relatively cost effective, priced at below $40 as at the time of this writing.
The only downside to this cream is that it has hydroquinone in addition to onion extracts, glycolic acid and copper peptide. With all the controversy surrounding hydroquinone (it is thought to be carcinogenic) some people are hesitant to use Revitol.
Dr MacGregor, a dermatologist based in New York also recommends avoiding prolonged use of hydroquinone-containing products as this can lead to permanent graying of the skin. Great alternatives to Revitol include TriDerma Scar Reliever, Kelo-Cote Advanced Formula Scar Gel, Skinception Dermefface FX7, and Selevax Intensive Scar Cream.
What Face Scars Treatment? – The Determinant Factors
The choice for a face scar treatment depends on numerous factors ranging from the type of scar to its age and location. For example, keloid and hypertrophic scars are notorious for their resurfacing when surgery is used to treat them. This necessitates using other treatment options such as corticosteroid injection, radiotherapy, and oral antibiotics.
Type and size of the scar has also a significant influence on the effectiveness of particular face scars treatment options. For example, although microdermabrasion is less invasive and useful for superficial scars, it is often not effective for raised scars. For these, treatments such as dermabrasion, laser treatment, pressure dressings and silicone sheeting would make better options.
Age also influences the choice for a treatment options. For example, as Dr Bowe, a dermatologist based in New York says, although V-beam lasers are a great choice for red raised scars, Fraxel (also a type of laser treatment) is a much better option for old scars.
Face Scar Healing – More useful tips
In addition to the face scar healing options discussed in this article, you will want to consider the following tips to help prevent or manage facial scars.
- Use a good sunscreen of at least SPF 15
- Avoid using vitamin E for face scar healing as it can irritate the skin and worsen the scar
- Avoid dabbing hydrogen peroxide on cuts and scrapes
- Keep cuts covered with a clean bandage
- Massage the scar gently in circular motions to facilitate breaking down of collagen
Face Scar Remover
While reading through some of the emails from our valued readers, we came across one that requested a recommendation for a great remover of facial scars. Your first line of action should be a scar cream such as Revitol Scar Cream or Dermefface FX7 by Skinception. If these don’t help, seek the advice of your GP or a dermatologist.