Scars are some of the things that we always wish away and if you are wondering what medications are available for that purpose, then you are in the right place. This article will point out some of the medications used to reduce scars. You will also learn a smart way to hide scars that people nowadays resort to.
Scar Medicine – Scar Removal Medicine
Scars are part of the natural healing process of a wound formed as a result of accident, surgery, burns or acne. Scars usually fade away on their own over time without the need for treatment.
But if they are of aesthetic concern – maybe they make the patient conscious and steal away from their self-confidence and self-esteem – restricts movement, or leads to significant anatomical distortion in adjacent areas, they may require treatment. The same applies to scars that suddenly become painful, inflamed, or itchy, they may require treatment.
Your dermatologist or GP may also decide to get scars occurring in areas of the skin that are prone to scarring treated.
Although no scar medicine or treatment option can completely eliminate a scar as to make it invisible, scars often become less noticeable after treatment. Scar medicine range from over-the-counter medication to prescription medication that has to be administered under the guidance of a medical professional.
Appropriate scar medicine depends on various factors ranging from the size, shape and location of the scar. For example, while cortisone creams can help to improve relatively new acne scars, they might not be so effective for keloid scars.
Your GP might refer you to a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon for further assessment to determine the appropriateness of various treatments.
Among the commonly used scar medications are:
Analgesics: According to the Australia Better Health Channel, medication is the first line of treatment for painful scar tissues. You may consider using over-the-counter analgesics (painkillers) to relieve the pain but should they not offer relief, then it may be time to see a doctor (you could be suffering from adhesions).
Cortisone: Cortisone creams can be used to treat red and swollen creams as Tina Alster, MD, a clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center says. Usually sold over-the-counter, cortisone creams help to reduce inflammation and should be among your first considerations for inflamed or red-looking acne scars.
Corticosteroid injections: Usually administered by dermatologist or plastic surgeon for scar treatment, corticosteroid injections reduce keloid and hypertrophic scars by flattening them and reducing their inflammation. Several injections may however be needed to achieve optimum results.
An injection schedule of 4-6 weeks is usually administered to assess your scar’s response and if it seems to be improving, the treatment schedule can go on for a number of months.
Antibiotics: A scar that all of a sudden gets itchy and gets red and swollen (inflamed), you could be dealing with a case of bacterial infection. A round of antibiotics may be needed. Talk to your GP for examinations and appropriate treatment.
Best Scar Medicine
The best suited medication for scar treatment varies depending on the type, size, location, genetic predisposition to scarring, and history of a scar.
For example, while scars that are red and inflamed as a result of a bacterial infection will very likely respond well to a course of antibiotics, a keloid scar may not respond to that approach; a corticosteroid injection could make for a better choice of treatment.
Likewise, an over-the-counter cortisone cream may help to reduce the prominence of acne scars but may not be so effective for treatment of burn scars. Using an over-the-counter painkiller may however help to manage any pain associated with a scar.
A pharmacist (or your GP) will be able to recommend the most appropriate course of action based on his/her assessment of your scar.
Scar Medicine That Works
Whether a specific choice of medication will work for a given condition is one question that is at the back of our mind every time we are weighing our options. As for any medical condition, the chances of effective treatment of scarring depend on proper diagnosis and using appropriate medication. Consulting with your GP (or pharmacist) is something you will especially want to consider.
Beyond Scar Tissue Medicine
We have already covered numerous medicine options that are used to treat scar tissue but what happens if none of them helps to offer relief? Well, there are numerous scar removal options that your GP (or a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon) can resort to ranging from laser treatment and dermabrasion to silicone gel sheeting, cryotherapy, and radiotherapy.
Scar camouflage is one term that you will likely come across as a way to reduce the appearance of a scar. This is essentially the use of makeup to conceal a scar – as opposed to healing it or making it fade away.
Some waterproof scar camouflage products are available over-the-counter in most pharmacies (drugstores). Some are able to linger on to your skin for as long as 2 to 3 days which would be great news for those looking to travel.
Successful use of this scar “reduction” depends on proper choice of colors and this often involves a lengthy color testing to strike the right shade of color for your specific skin and scar color. This may take as long as an hour and the proficiency of the pharmacist doing it is critical.
Dr. Andrea Cambio, a dermatologist based in Florida gives a general guideline on the choice of camouflage products saying that concealers with a green undertone works best for red and pink scars with their yellow counterparts being best suited for brown scars.
As for scars that are lighter than the rest of your natural skin, Cambio recommends using a concealer matching your natural skin tone.
Scar Camouflage Makeup – In Summary
In a nutshell, you will want to consider the following tips when considering this option and selecting scar camouflage makeup:
- No makeup product can get rid of a scar completely; they only hide it.
- Consider using waterproof product which stays on for a few days and eliminates the need to apply it everyday.
- Take as much time as needed to identify the right shade for the specific color of your skin and scar