Isn’t our skin truly amazing? Although it’s literally paper thin, it serves a leading role in offering protection, regulation and sensation for the body. And as soon as there is any kind of break in the skin, our bodies detect that opening as a potential gateway for danger (i.e. bacteria and infection) so all it wants to do is close the gap and seal it up ASAP. But, because our body is so efficient and simply wants to “seal the deal” as quickly as possible, it doesn’t seem to care much about the actual visual outcome of things. Since the timing is so swift during the initial closing of a wound, the skin that forms at the site is thicker than the normal skin. Then, the whole area heals and the initial risk of infection is just a faded memory. Now, despite all that healthy, supple new skin that’s growing, there will still always be some tougher skin from the initial healing phase, which is essentially why we end up “scarred for life”.
Scarring is a natural part of the healing process after an injury, surgery, burn, cut or even acne. The amount of scarring will depend on several factors such as:
- The extent of the injury
- The location on the body
Not unlike stretch marks, scars will really never go away. They will heal, they do fade, but they won’t ever disappear. But all is not lost. There are still several ways to help reduce the size and appearance of scars.
Perhaps the most important steps in enabling a scar to heal well is to protect the area from sunlight and allow maximum blood supply and oxygen to flow. Reducing inflammation will also set up an optimal situation for healing. To stitch or not to stitch is also a consideration, and definitely may affect the appearance of the scar longer term. A wound or incision may need to be stitched depending on how deep it is, how big it is, or if the bleeding cannot be stopped.
If you’re wondering exactly how long it takes for a scar to fully heal, well, brace yourself. It takes a LONG time—sometimes even a year or more— for a scar to look fully healed. But in reality, the scar and surrounding skin is going through several phases of healing, and each of them last a few months. Throughout the process, the scar will look and feel different.
There are some medical treatments available to treat scars such as laser and steroid injections, which may be done alone or in conjunction with other treatments. The results may be positive, but they generally will not be covered by your insurance, and can end up taking a nice chunk of change from your pocket.
If you prefer to go with a non-invasive approach to healing a scar, you don’t need to look very far. Simply taking care of the scar and surrounding skin using an all natural, luxurious, super moisturizing cream at least twice a day may be all it requires.
If there’s pain and swelling at the site of the scar and area around it, then a multipurpose CBD cream that works as an anti-inflammatory and muscle comforting cream as well as a rich moisturizer is another good option.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there’s also much to be said for good skin care from the inside-out. Drinking all the H2O and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables loaded with vitamins and nutrients is also a vital component healing. Then, it’s just time to let time and nature do its thing.
About the author: Yaffa Baslaw (@yadeinu) is a Freelance Writer with over a decade of experience copywriting and blogging compelling content. She has written for more than 20 companies in the fields of healthcare, skincare, and retail.